ROOM TO RALLY: Del Oro picked to follow Folsom in 2016 SFL football title chaseBy: Mike Ray and Matt Long of the Auburn Journal
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
5) Oak Ridge
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.
Stone Smartt, DO QB 2,610 yds
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
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
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
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
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
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