Foresthill locks up playoff bid

Turnovers plague shorthanded Valley Christian
By: Dane Johnson Gold Country News Service
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FORESTHILL - Rain couldn't douse the Wildfires, and on Friday night at Sebastian Stadium, the Valley Christian football team couldn’t either. While wet conditions forced both teams to run the ball, it was the tenacious play of Foresthill’s offensive line that made its version of the running game more successful than the Lions. When these teams battled a month ago, Foresthill got away with a 6-3 victory. But this time, the Wildfires lit up the scoreboard until Valley Christian scored with less than 20 seconds remaining. The Wildfires won 40-7. Foresthill fullback/defensive lineman Jordan Boyer was the first to score, and he did it with defense, sacking Lions quarterback Wright Hagerty for a safety with 4:29 left in the first quarter. For most of the first half, the Wildfire offense ran on the 5-foot-7 frame of Travis Marshall, who rushed for 75 yards in the first half. “We are mainly a running team, but we had to set them off, so we had to throw a little bit,” Foresthill quarterback Tommy Sawyer said. Throwing the ball proved to be a challenge, as Sawyer had two passes intercepted and completed only two others. But the Wildfires' Jace Pack helped carry the load, running for two touchdowns and contributing on defense with an interception return for a touchdown. By the end of the third quarter, the Lions looked defeated and exhausted, down 32 points. Valley Christian had only 13 players available the entire game. Coach Todd Conroy said a couple of players never came off of the field, that they were straight “Iron men.” Conroy admitted his team wasn’t prepared to play in the wet conditions and that they suffered from “fumble-itis.” “Turnovers killed us,” he said. Conroy praised the play of his captains, particularly linebacker, punter, kicker and lone scorer Micky DeFiebre. “It was his best all-around game,” Conroy said. Foresthill coach Jim Herlehy said the win sealed a playoff bid - a first for the 5-year-old school. “We’d like to finish off with two wins for the season, and that would give us the best record ever,” he said. Foresthill is 5-1 in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League. Valley Christian fell to 3-4 and will finish its season against Delta (5-0) next Saturday.