Sacramento fans love their Kings, but if Saturday night's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship game is any indicator, high school football may still be king in the capital city.
A raucous crowd witnessed a dramatic 20-17 win as the Oak Ridge Trojans secured their second CIF title in school history, overcoming an early deficit to nemesis Granite Bay.
The win was no easy feat for the Trojans, who had stumbled in the previous four meetings between the two schools and seemed destined for another defeat after Granite Bay took the opening kickoff and scored in dominating fashion.
This year's Trojans are different, however, thanks in large part to the prolific play of QB Shane Steichen, who already has offers from UNLV and Utah State, receivers Marcus Spain and Austin Collie and running back James Keeler, who scored the game-winner, a seven-yard dash in the third quarter.
The Trojans also held Doug Wylie, Sammie Stroughter and Josh Pittmann to a combined 176 yards rushing. Granite Bay's point total was its lowest of the season.
Oak Ridge – whose only loss this season was a one-point defeat to Grant – was one of the most explosive teams in California during the 2002 campaign, averaging 41 points per game.
In the championship, Steichen completed 11 of 20 for 154 yards. His 23-yard scoring pass to wideout Joey Tomasi was a work of perfection, coming as the first half expired and giving Oak Ridge a 13-10 lead.
Collie, only a junior, and the son of former BYU and pro receiver Scott Collie, finished the season with 56 receptions for 857 yards and 10 TD's. Also an explosive kick returner, Collie set up the Trojans first score with a 32-yard return in the first quarter. He will likely be on BYU's recruiting radar next season and will be one of the many juniors to be spotlighted in the coming weeks as Cougarsportsline.com looks at the best LDS junior prospects in the country.