Friday Aug 13 2010
Concord-Whitney Will Have Div. I Feel
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
'Battle at the Capital' To Feature Top Passer, Receiver
Next month’s “Battle at the Capital” football showcase hosted by Del Oro High will bring together a host of top notch prep teams from varying areas of Northern California. And although the Concord vs. Whitney game set for Golden Eagle Stadium in Loomis on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. is not the so-called “marquee” contest of the event, the battle between the Minutemen and Wildcats will definitely have a Div. I college feel to it. Both Concord and Whitney will feature players that have either verbally committed to a Div. I school or currently has scholarship offers on the table. For Concord, quarterback Ricky Lloyd earlier this summer made a verbal commitment to play next season at Southern Mississippi, the same college that produced Brett Favre. A year ago Lloyd more than filled the air with passes. The 6-5 quarterback connected on 192 of 330 aerials for 2,728 yards and 36 touchdowns. Three times Lloyd threw for five or more touchdowns in a game. Helping make Lloyd’s 2010 outlook even rosier is that Angelo Childs, a 6-2 185-pounder, returns at receiver where he snared 39 balls for 591 yards last season. Meanwhile, at Whitney, Wildcats coach Mike Gimenez received a pleasant surprise in the form of transfer Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. Cope-Fitzpatrick, who played at Palm Desert in Indio last season, is a two-way standout that will be a junior this season. However, the 6-5 250-pound receiver-defensive end showed enough talent in combines this summer that both UCLA and Oregon State have offered scholarships. “He’s a nice addition for us,” said Gimenez. “He has a lot of skills and can run. He was automatic-timed at 4.8 in the 40 at the USC combine.” Cope-Fitzpatrick played at the varsity level last season at Palm Desert where the team ran a spread formation much like Whitney’s. Missing In Action The Cal-Hi-RISE pre-season all-Sac-Joaquin Section football team has a pair of Del Oro Golden Eagles linemen named to the first offensive team. The preseason choices included Ryan Cope and Adrian Williams, both stalwarts has juniors a year ago. However, the Golden Eagles may have to play this season with just Cope. According to sources close to the Del Oro program, Williams, a 6-3 250 pound guard, program, was not with the Golden Eagles this summer and reportedly is now enrolled at Oakmont. New Face Colfax High’s football program welcomed a new face to its coaching staff has Joey Pelfanio will coach running backs this season. Pelfanio, who will be a full-time on-campus instructor at CHS, joins the Falcons after coaching at El Camino High School for the past eight seasons. A 1996 El Camino graduate, Pelfrano, who will be an on-campus instructor, played at Sacramento City College and Kansas University.