Football returns to the foothills

Del Oro hosts Oaks Christian of Westlake Village today in Loomis
By: Gold Country News Service
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Football is finally here.

After a long off-season — which for some can seem like eons — the high school football season kicks off Aug. 24 in Loomis with a showcase showdown between Del Oro and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at the Battle for Veterans.

The feature game Friday at 7:30 p.m. pits the host Golden Eagles – the No. 8 ranked team in the state preseason rankings by Cal-Hi Sports – against No. 4 Oaks Christian of Westlake Village.

“We’re expecting a very, very tough game,” said Del Oro coach Casey Taylor about his 2012 edition of the Golden Eagles opening against the Southern California power. “They have some quality, Div. I athletes that are explosive every time they touch the ball.”

This is the second year that the Battle for Veterans – which will also have games on Saturday – has been hosted at Del Oro.

Saturday’s feature game at 7:30 p.m. pairs Granite Bay and Westlake. Last season at the Battle showcase, Westlake defeated Del Oro, 28-25, in a thrilling overtime game.

A second showcase will be a tribute to U.S. military veterans and will be hosted next weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at Westlake High, in Westlake Village.

In Southern California, Del Oro and Granite Bay will switch opponents with the Golden Eagles playing the host Warriors and Granite Bay playing Oaks Christian.

Military flyovers and parachute drops are scheduled prior to both the Del Oro-Oaks Christian game Friday and the Granite Bay-Westlake game on Saturday.

In addition to the high school games, several youth games and a “Battle of the Badges” game between Placer and Nevada County sheriff’s offices are also scheduled.

Ticket prices for each day are $10 for adults, $6 for students and $3 for children 12 and under.

The opening ceremonies for the event took place Thursday night.
The kickoff dinner featured guest speakers and was held at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville. Stu Weber and Kevin Bracy, along with several wounded veterans, were scheduled to speak at the event. 

Elsewhere Friday night, the Placer Hillmen will take on host Rio Linda at 7 for a scrimmage and the Colfax Falcons take on Argonaut in Jackson at 7:30 in a non-conference game.

The Bear River Bruins had a scrimmage Thursday night at Mesa Verde.