For the first time since 2001, Elk Grove's football team will play for a Sac-Joaquin Section title. Likely, the game will be played in wind and rain, which may help the ground-oriented Herd offense.
Read my preview of the game in the Citizen and there you'll read coach Chris Nixon saying that's what he wants because he knows that will hamper the pass-happy game of the Folsom Bulldogs.
A few notes on the game:
Elk Grove will miss the presence of B'won Canada on defense. He's out with a fractured wrist. His active play must be replaced somehow in order to slow down Folsom.
Folsom's Jake Browning, the sophomore quarterback, can't run well, as opposed to a couple of his predecessors, Dano Graves and Tanner Troisin. If EG can muster a decent pass rush, maybe they can get Browning to make a few bad passes. Also, the Herd will need to "mess up" the routes of the receivers.
Pleasant Grove was pretty successful in doing this. That was when Folsom turned to the running game and the Eagles had trouble stopping that and lost that game.
The Herd will also have to complete some key passes to keep Folsom from putting nine and ten guys in the "box."
If you don't want to sit in the weather, likely to be wet, you can watch the game streamed live on cifsacjoaquin.tv.
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