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Local linemen leveling up

Local Flavor
By: Nick Pecoraro
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With the Sac-Joaquin Section football championship games this weekend, we at The Journal thought we’d update what some of the big boys in the trenches are doing at the next level. Here’s this week’s Local Flavor: Lineman edition.

ROLL TIDE

When you talk local linemen, you almost always have to start with Folsom grad Jonah Williams. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound left tackle has enjoyed life in Tuscaloosa as Alabama has gone 39-2 in his three seasons with the Crimson Tide.

While Bama is no stranger to the College Football Championship, Williams is an anchor of this year’s defending champions who are 12-0 as of Friday and looking to capture back-to-back championships for the second time this decade.

Look for Williams, who won a state championship with the Bulldogs in 2014, to play on Sundays in the very near future.

MORE BULLDOGS

Williams’ old Folsom Bulldog trench-mates Cody Creason and Kooper Richardson are getting opportunities at the next level.

Creason has started every game for the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 while Richardson, son of Folsom head coach Kris Richardson, is the starting right tackle for a UC Davis team enjoying its best season in program history.

The Aggies are getting set to open the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs as the No. 6 seed against Northern Iowa Saturday at 4 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.

RYAN, THE REBEL

Bear River grad Ryan Tantum, who is preparing to square off across Sacramento City College Saturday in the NorCal Grizzly Bowl at Sierra College, recently revealed via Twitter that he has committed to play for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Tantum will add to a line at UNLV that will also feature Oak Ridge alum Bryan Catchings.

PAC-12? MORE LIKE CAP-12

Placer’s Jacob Capra has been spending his Saturdays protecting NFL quarterback prospect Justin Herbert for the Oregon Ducks. Big brother Johnny Capra is also in the Pac-12 at Utah and baby brother, Joey Capra, is getting set to mix it up with Capital Christian Saturday in hopes of getting Placer’s second straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

Joey will soon join Jacob up at Oregon next year to play for the Ducks.

 

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