Is the CVC as Competitive as the SFL?
There’s no matching the intensity, level of talent and strength of the programs in the Sierra Foothill League, right?
With Ponderosa, Roseville, Whitney, Cosumnes Oaks and Antelope moving to the Capital Valley Conference, the strength of schedule just got tougher for Oakmont High.
“The league is tough,” Oakmont’s assistant coach Phil Holmes admitted. “Consumnes Oaks already has three guys who have been offered four-year scholarships to Division-I schools. They’re tough. Antelope is always tough. Whitney is well-coached and they’re tough. Del Campo is always tough. It’s a meat grinder but we’re going to be out there competing every day.”
Although Oakmont has one extra week to prepare for the start of their 2015 season, the team hits the road for their first two games and faces last year’s league champion Cosumnes Oaks in week four at home.
“You know we’re coming off a tough season last year,” Holmes continued. “It’s our second year in the revamped league. I call it the SFL mini.”
The SFL, which features powerhouses Folsom, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Oak Ridge and, to some extent, Woodcreek, could be the best conference in town. But the CVC has formidable foes of its own.
Oakmont is hoping to become one of those powers this year, but it’s going to be tough.
“We’re looking to improve,” Holmes said. “I think we’ve got a great nucleus of young men. We’ve got a number of returning guys, which is good for us on offense.”
After a CIF suspension limited action for 12 Vikings last season, many juniors had the chance to see significant time on the field. And that’s something the coaches are hoping will pay dividends in 2015.
“Because of quite a few injuries, and the unfortunate drug issue as well, we have quite a few juniors that are actually returning with some playing experience and we’re excited about that,” said head coach Tim Moore. “We’ve got Connor Gagain, who was a tight end for us last year and did an outstanding job as a sophomore. Raymond Meza…he was a starting corner for us as a sophomore and he’s back.”
Moore is hoping players like Gagain, Meza and junior quarterback Jake Knapp will take a step forward and build off what they started late last year.
“We were in a good spot, we were climbing, raising things up and then we have a little bit of a drop last year,” Moore added. “All our focus this offseason was how do we get ourselves back to where we were and above.”