Battle at the Capital – 2010

This year’s “Battle at the Capital” is history making!

The region of Sacramento and their football teams has become the hot bed in the State of California. This Labor Day weekend, Friday Night September 3rd and all day Saturday September 4th, Del Oro High School in Loomis, CA. will be hosting the 2nd Annual Battle at the Capital… (Full press release)

Thank You Letter (From National Guard)

Battle at the Capital grows nicely in second year

By Bill Paterson (Full article)

Mark Rowell soaked in the atmosphere of the second annual Battle at the Capital high school football showcase Saturday at Del Oro High School.

There were food booths, hospitality tents, a rock climbing tower, cheerleader performances, a military flyover and autograph signings by Mountain Lions players, including quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

But most important for the 55-year-old Carmichael resident, there were four intriguing games.

“I don’t have kids going to the schools here, but I come out for good football,” Rowell said. “What more can you ask for? This is a great facility. The kids get to play on a great field and against some different competition from out of the area. Today’s my day for football.”

There were plenty who shared Rowell’s sentiments.
The crowds were large both Friday and Saturday nights for the six-game event, which appears to have found a home after a shaky start last season at a different site.

“I think it’s a great experience for our kids,” said Whitney coach Mike Gimenez, whose Wildcats defeated Concord 42-40. “You are playing other great programs, and I think it motivates our kids. It’s great to be involved with something that is growing and getting better.”

Christian Brothers standout Ade’ Jackson, who helped the Falcons beat St. Mary’s of Berkeley 36-28 in the 11 a.m. opener, liked the experience.

“To be invited to play in such a prestigious event, that’s the best thing I could imagine as a player,” Jackson said.

Crowds were more modest for Saturday’s early action – Central Catholic of Modesto and Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa played the second game – but fans packed the home side of the picturesque tree-lined Loomis stadium for the 5 p.m. Whitney-Concord game and both sides for the 8 p.m. Del Oro-Bullard of Fresno finale.

Event promoters gave a lot of credit to Del Oro’s Taylor and his school’s athletic department and boosters – there were nearly 100 volunteers involved – for providing a strong support staff.

The event also got a big boost from workaholic Del Oro assistant Mark Soto. With two sons and a son-in-law serving in the military, Soto affiliated the event with the U.S. Armed Forces and their support organizations.

“It’s created a more fair-like atmosphere, and I think the crowds are better because of it,” Taylor said.

Taylor and Soto see the event’s continued growth.

“We’ve got to get it where we have 12 state-ranked teams playing,” Taylor said. “It also would help if you got the Grants, the Granite Bays, the top teams in our area playing.”


Crazy day at CA football event includes quarterback with 423 passing yards

Double-overtime win by Cardinal Newman, Del Oro win vs. Bullard also highlight a long day, night of action

Mark Tennis Senior Editor

09/05/10 – A strong 41-19 bounce back win by host school Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) over defending CIF Central Section Division I champion Bullard (Fresno, Calif.) capped an often wild and wooly day at the second annual Battle at the Capital.

Saturday’s schedule of the two-day event in Loomis began with a 36-28 win by Christian Brothers (Sacramento, Calif.) over St. Mary’s (Berkeley, Calif.).  But the feature attractions were the three final games: Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa, Calif.) vs. Central Catholic (Modesto, Calif.); Concord (Concord, Calif.) vs. Whitney (Rocklin, Calif.) and Del Oro vs. Bullard.

Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 24, 
Central Catholic (Modesto, Calif.) 21 (2 OTs)

This one was painful to watch for the first three quarters as both offenses could not get into a good rhythm. That all changed in the fourth quarter.

Clinging to 6-0 lead, the Cardinals took advantage of a pass interference penalty and drove the field for their first touchdown. They scored with 5:20 left on a 6-yard pass from junior quarterback Matt Sullivan to junior receiver Steven Tomasini. The PAT kick by senior Adrian Rubio gave them a 7-6 lead.

Central Catholic senior quarterback Dominick Ciccarelli then seemed to flick the “On” switch as well. He completed four straight passes during the ensuing series that set up nine yard touchdown run by junior Sterling Shaw. Ciccarelli then completed a two-point conversion pass to senior Jack Killian as the Raiders went up by 14-7.
There was still 2:45 left to play, however, and the Central Catholic defense could not get the stop.
With 1:45 left on a fourth down play, Sullivan threw a pass toward the middle. Central Catholic’s Billy Flamion, one of the top senior two-sport athletes in Northern California, went for a diving interception. Flamion thought he had made the catch. The referee, though, ruled the ball had hit the ground. 

Instead of celebrating a fourth down incompletion and almost certain victory, Flamion spiked the ball in frustration about the call. The 15-yard penalty gave the Cardinals a first down and new life. Later in the series, another penalty gave them a first down on fourth down and with 39 seconds left they tied the score on a two-yard run by senior Matt Bowman.

After it was agreed that overtime would be played with the 10-yard line tiebreaker rules, Cardinal Newman went first and scored on a 5-yard pass from Sullivan to senior receiver Tim Moreno.

After the PAT, it was Central Catholic’s turn and the Raiders matched that scoring exactly. Their touchdown came on a 5-yard run by Craig Jones with the PAT from Zach Juarez.

In the second overtime, the Cardinals’ defense forced a fourth down. Juarez then tried a 29-yard field goal and missed.

Cardinal Newman head coach Paul Cronin wasted no time in getting his own kicker onto the field. Rubio floated his 27-yard kick through the uprights, giving the Cardinals the win.

Afterward, Cronin said that his school wants to keep playing Central Catholic for many more years to come even though the two annual CIF bowl game contenders are now in different divisions – Cardinal Newman in D2 North and Central Catholic in D4 North. 
Judging by all the thrillers we’ve seen in the six years of the series so far, let’s hope Cronin get his wish.

Whitney (Rocklin, Calif.) 42, Concord (Concord, Calif.) 40

A quarterback Battle at the Capital between Whitney’s standout junior, Jake Rodrigues, and Concord’s Ricky Lloyd, committed to Southern Miss, lived up to advance billing.

Whitney rallied from a 22-6 deficit in the first half , taking the lead on a 19-yard pass from Rodrigues to junior Corey Paylin early in the fourth quarter.  The Minutemen came back on a 5-yard scoring run by Lloyd, but still trailed 35-34 after a missed two-point conversion.

Rodrigues then added a 1-yard plunge with 3:41 left as the Wildcats extended their lead to 42-34.

Concord wasn’t done, though, as Lloyd guided his offense downfield. With 1:43 remaining, he connected with senior Brandon Pham on a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Still needing two points to tie, the ensuing conversion attempt was stopped when Lloyd’s pass was intercepted by Whitney senior linebacker Connor Riordan. The Wildcats then recovered an onside kick attempt and ran out the clock for the win.

Lloyd ended up with a whopping 423 passing yards in the game, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Bill Paterson. He completed 33 of 54 passes with two touchdowns and also rushed for 52 yards on five carries with two more scores.

Rodrigues hit on 9 of 18 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns. He added 68 yards on 18 carries on the ground and scored twice.
With its offense, look for Concord to be a favorite in the Diablo Valley Athletic League. And if the defense improves, the Minutemen could even be a force in the North Coast Section Division II playoffs. One of the teams they could face: Cardinal Newman.

Whitney featured another big-time Division I recruit for the Class of 2012 in addition to Rodrigues. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (6-foot-5, 255) made plays at tight end and defensive end.

Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) 41, Bullard (Fresno, Calif.) 19

Kenny Andri was the difference for the Golden Eagles, who opened their season as the No. 16 team in the preseason state rating but already were 0-1 due to a 38-14 loss last week to nationally ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.).

Andri took the second half kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown to give Del Oro some breathing room after the Golden Eagles were leading by just 20-16 at halftime.
The senior running back, who is replacing record-breaking standout Bryce Pratt, also was effective on hand offs. He rushed for 160 yards on 27 carries.
Bullard, which went 13-0 in winning its section title a year ago, was held to just three points in the second half. The Knights scored first half touchdowns on a pass reception by senior standout Jajuan Hammond and on a 3-yard run by senior Chris Tate.

“We felt that after last week and playing at home that this was a must win,” said Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor. “We could have been 0-2 heading into this week. Being 1-1 is a whole different thing.”

Returning quarterback Max Magleby threw one touchdown pass and directed an offense that had no turnovers for Del Oro. The Golden Eagles also received two touchdown runs by junior Nick O’Sullivan in the second half.

Taylor’s team will continue its challenging preseason slate next week with a trip to play Clovis West of Fresno. Bullard is going on the road again as well and is playing at state ranked Valley Christian of San Jose.

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