Foresthill virtually seals league championship with convincing win over Cardinals

By: Jim Linsdau/Gold Country News Service
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WOODLAND _ It was to be the showdown for the Sacramento Metro Athletic League crown Friday night but it turned out to be a showcase for Foresthill High football to demonstrate why they would again be the reigning league champions. Much like the first game in Foresthill, the Wildfires burned past Woodland Christian to take a 26-0 lead into intermission. In their Sept. 14 contest, Foresthill led 28-0 after two quarters and went on to win 28-6 Friday night, the ‘Fires added three more touchdowns in the third quarter to go up 45-0 and eventually won 45-13. “So much of sports is psychological,” said Wildfires head coach Jim Herlehy. “I think they really hyped themselves up for us coming down to their place.” Herlehy said when his club had a near repeat performance of that first game’s first-half it may have rattled the Cardinals. That gave Foresthill the opportunity to blow the game wide open. In that third period, it took Foresthill just two minutes and 13 seconds to score its first of three touchdowns when running back Wes Archbold drove in from 3 yards out. On Woodland Christian’s second play from scrimmage, Ryan Corkrean picked off a Josh Truesdell pass at midfield and returned it to the Cards’ 40-yard line. Three plays later, Wildfires’ quarterback Tommy Sawyer hit tight end Connor McCann for 9-yard strike. That was set up by a 24-yard pass from Sawyer to Matt O’Brien. To cap Foresthill’s scoring, the ‘Fires defense caught the Cardinals’ punter and dropped him for a 15-yard loss back at Woodland Christian’s 17. It took Wesbold three carries to reach the end zone; the final tote was for two yards. Truesdell and receiver Kameron Arnold did hook up for TD passes; one for 63 yards at the end of the third stanza, and another for 31 yards at the seven minute mark of the fourth quarter. To open the game, the Wildfires got touchdowns from Sawyer (25-yard run), Archbold (3-yard run) and a 36-yard pass from Sawyer to Connor. “When our offense works well … , no defense can cover everything,” Herlehy said of his team’s continued success. “We work really hard at bringing up our football IQ as a team and as players. We understand that if they do this then they’re giving us (that). We try to be difficult.” The game was called with about five minutes remaining when a Woodland Christian player was hurt during kickoff coverage. It appeared he fractured his leg and had to be transported to the hospital via ambulance. Herlehy and Cardinals’ coach Bruce Pielstick agreed to end the game at that point. Foresthill wraps up its regular season against Delta Oct. 26 and Cristo Rey Nov. 2. Both are ‘Fires home games and teams the Wildfires defeated handily in their first meetings. Foresthill 45, Woodland Christian 13 Wildfires 8 18 19 0 – 45 Cardinals 0 0 7 6 – 13