Foresthill pounds Delta, looks ahead to big SMAL games

By: Nick Hunte/Auburn Journal Correspondent
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CLARKSBURG — Foresthill High School made quick work of Delta 52-0 and solidified its place atop the Sacramento Metro Athletic League standings Friday night.

The Wildfires (4-1 overall, 3-0 SMAL) scored at least one touchdown in each quarter and led 34-0 at halftime. Foresthill’s 52 points is a season high.

Foresthill excelled on the ground with 294 yards and five touchdowns. The Wildfires also passed for three scores.

Delta (0-5, 0-4) finally reached the end zone late in the fourth quarter, but the touchdown was called back because of a clipping penalty. Foresthill then preserved its shutout.

Head coach Jim Herlehy said the Wildfires played to their potential.

“We wanted to execute up to our capabilities, and that’s really what I was happy with so that the end result was that we executed on all sides of the ball,” Herlehy said.

Herlehy said there is still room for improvement.

“Eliminating mistakes. We just need to work on eliminating plays that will get us into trouble like second and long situations or getting a touchdown called back because we’re doing silly penalties at the end of the plays,” Herlehy said. “It’s all about smart and hard football. You want to play hard, but you don’t want the aggressiveness to create penalties and have plays called back. We’re trying to balance all that.”

Foresthill senior running back Wes Archbold was satisfied with the way his team played.

“Everything went well for us,” he said. “We executed really well on both the pass and the run.”

The Wildfires now are focused on upcoming league games that will provide tougher competition.

“Our second matchup against Woodland (Christian) will be more significant for us in league play,” quarterback Tommy Sawyer said.

Woodland Christian is in second place in the SMAL after defeating Cristo Rey 52-14 on Friday night.

Foresthill plays at Cristo Rey on Sept. 28.