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ROOM TO RALLY: Del Oro picked to follow Folsom in 2016 SFL football title chase

By: Mike Ray and Matt Long of the Auburn Journal
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2016 SIERRA FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Predicted Standings (first-place votes)

PARTICIPATING: Sacramento, Folsom, Placer County newspaper reporters

1)       Folsom (4)

2)       Del Oro (3)

3)       Granite Bay

4)       Rocklin

5)       Oak Ridge

6)       Woodcreek

7)       Nevada Union

What fun would preseason football be if it were not for the challenge to try and predict who would rise to the top of their respective conferences?

Tabbed a Super League, the Sierra Foothill League ranks at or near the top in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, especially since the addition of Folsom and Oak Ridge last year. Considered an elite conference before the Division I Folsom Bulldogs and Oak Ridge Trojans came in, it boasts some of the best football programs in the state.

Del Oro comes in as the Division II state champions from last year and Folsom was the 2014 Division I champion. In 2013, Granite Bay captured the Division I state championship and the list goes on.

Last season, the Bulldogs captured the SFL championship and SJS Division I championship as well. The Trojans finished in second place and made it to the section Division I semifinals.

Rocklin and Del Oro ended up third and fourth, respectively, and eventually played each other in the Division II SJS championship. No. 5 Granite Bay also went into the Division II playoffs, but lost to Del Oro’s Golden Eagles in a semifinal match.

Below is a tabulation of some of the league leaders who return this season for their respective schools. The one exception is Evan Michalet, who played for Rocklin last season before transferring to Folsom.

Among the quarterbacks, only Del Oro’s Stone Smartt will be back under center. The Eagles also have two leading ground-gainers and a pass receiver donning the black and gold again.

Folsom and Del Oro also have a number of league-leading defensive players returning.

OFFENSE 

Passing

Stone Smartt, DO QB    2,610 yds

Rushing

Dalton Gee, DO 924 yds,        10 TDs

Camrion Davis, DO 907 yds, 10 TDs

Isaiah Ajayi, WC 700 yds, 9 TDs

Tyler Nielson, NU         565 yds, 6 TDs

Michael Pittman, OR 533 yds, 8 TDs

Tyler England, WC 502 yds, 8 TDs

Receiving

Mason Hurst, DO 57 rec., 865 yds, 6 TDs

Eric Davis, FOL 48 rec.,          730 yds, 9 TDs

Evan Michalet, ROK 42 rec., 607 yds,       4 TDs

Kier Gibson-Adams, ROK 51 rec., 572 yds, 9 TDs

Drake Stallworth, FOL 24 rec.,         457 yds, 7 TDs

Alex Martinez, GB  29 rec., 446 yds, 3 TDs

Scoring

Troy Calderara, FOL, K  84 pts, 81 PAT, 1 FG

Camrion Davis, DO RB 72 pts, 12 TDs

Dalton Gee, DO RB 72 pts, 12 TDs

Michael Pittman, OR RB         66 pts, 11 TDs

Eric Davis, FOL REC 66 pts, 10 TDs

DEFENSE

Tackles

Brad Jenner, FOL LB 144

Shawn Johnson, FOL S 125

Truman Andrus, OR LB 105

Kyle Brown, OR LB 102

Nate Otto, OR LB 98

Justin Houlihan, NU LB 96 

Sacks

Ray Thomas, DO DT 6.5

Ariel Ngata, FOL DE 4

Eyad Mansour, GB DT 3.5

Davis Lang, OR LB 3.5

Keoni Zagata-Vera, FOL         LB 3

Interceptions

Mason Hurst, DO S 9

Drake Stallworth, FOL CB 5

Evan Michalet, RO K CB 5

Trey Overton, RO K S 5

Truman Andrus, OR LB 3

Camrion Davis, DO LB 3