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Wildfires continue to blaze on winning rampage

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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FORESTHILL - The Delta High football team felt the burn of a 28-0 shutout loss against the Foresthill Wildfires Friday night. The Wildfires (5-1 overall, 4-0 in the Sac Metro League) beat the Saints, of Clarksburg, for the first time in recent history, according to Foresthill coach Jim Herlehy. “This is the first time we have beat Delta in three or four years. We knew Delta was a good football team, but we felt confident,” said Herlehy. Foresthill began its winning rampage right out of the gate. Senior running back Dylan Connelly bounded down the field for a touchdown on a pass from junior quarterback Tom Sawyer. Connelly, who led in rushing during the first quarter, left the game because of knee pain. The cause is unknown at this point, according to Herlehy. Foresthill junior Wes Archbold stepped up to fill the void, with several stand out blocks and rushing plays, including a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Herlehy said Sawyer called the final three touchdown plays. It was a contribution Sawyer said came from careful preparation. “Just game film studying,” Sawyer said. “Hours and hours on our team’s part.” The plays took some sharp passing on Sawyer’s part and excellent catching skills from Wildfire senior wide receiver Zach Moss. With an aggressive defense from Foresthill and several turnovers, Delta couldn’t push through for a touchdown. Foresthill senior wide receiver Ian Sykes bagged several great catches of his own, including an interception in the fourth, eliminating any opportunity for Delta to score. The Wildfires have now played every team in their league. In the next four games, they will rematch with them. Sawyer said the victory against Delta felt good and he hopes to keep them coming. He said Foresthill plans to “play on Thanksgiving and win it all.” Foresthill goes up against Cristo Rey in its Homecoming game next Friday night at Sebastian Stadium. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.