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Foresthill completes perfect SMAL season

Archbold runs for 4 TDs in win over Saints
By: By Garrett Johnston / Special to the Journal
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The Foresthill Wildfires finished off their regular season in fine fashion with a 47-0 dusting of the Cristo Rey Saints during the senior night finale on Friday night .
 
A relentless rushing attack from running back Wes Archbold got the Wildfiresʼ offense into full gear. The Foresthill senior rushed for 203 yards on 12 carries, scoring four rushing touchdowns as well as a late 31-yard receiving score. 
 
The Wildfires finished their season with a 9-1, 8-0 Sacramento Metro Athletic League record and will receive a bye next week before hosting a playoff game the following week in the Div. XI playoffs.
 
“We just played really well as a team,” Archbold said after the game. “We clicked and  everything was coming together for us (tonight).”
 
The Wildfiresʼ first score came with 8:35 in the first on an opening drive that went nine plays for 50 yards. It was capped off with a 21-yard strike from quarterback Tommy Sawyer to receiver Ryan Corkrean. That made it 8-0 on after a two-point conversion. Sawyer would finish going 10 for 27 for 161 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
 
Archbold began his scoring frenzy on Foresthillʼs next scoring drive when he rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left in the opening stanza. The two-point conversion was missed but the Wildfires still led 14-0.
 
Archbold rushed in for a 61-yard touchdown on their ensuing possession and the Wildfires headed to the half up 20-0.
 
For Cristo Rey, it would be more of the same firepower to deal with in the second half as the Wildfires blew it open. With 6:34 left in the third quarter, Archbold capped off a two-play, 51-yard drive with an 18-yard rushing touchdown that sent the lead to 26-0.
 
Three more touchdowns from there, including a 31-yard receiving score, made it 47-0 in the end.
 
“We lost the physical battle on the front line,” Cristo Rey head coach Steven Macias said. “Foresthill did a great job, they were aggressive. We just couldnʼt make the adjustments.”
 
Macias also spoke highly of Foresthillʼs playoff outlook.
 
“We wish them luck,” Macias said. “Theyʼre going to represent our league with class. We expect them to go deep like last year. Now that league is over we can pull for them and we will.”
 
Foresthill head coach Jim Herlehy was happy with Archboldʼs rushing effort on Friday night.
 
“Wes was fantastic,” Herlehy said. “Heʼs been a big player for us since his sophomore year. He makes big plays for us. We have a terrific one-two punch between him and Rocky (Thompson) because they have different styles.”
 
Thompson added 13 rushes for 97 yards on Friday night as well.
 
Coach Herlehy has some major goals as the Wildfires head into their bye this next week.
 
“Continue to work on execution, we got to eliminate mistakes," he said. "Tough-guy penalties.”
 
During Fridayʼs game he noticed that some of his players were getting penalties for pushing back after a tackle and having a tough-guy mentality.
 
“Weʼre not going to win playoff games and win the championship with those mistakes,” he said.
 
“We gotta get ourselves refocused and realize that weʼve gotta be on top of our game and playing sharp if we want to get where we want to get,” Herlehy said. “We know weʼve got a legitimate chance for the title. Weʼve just gotta play like it.”