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Prep Roundup

Concord-Whitney Will Have Div. I Feel

'Battle at the Capital' To Feature Top Passer, Receiver
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Next month’s “Battle at the Capital” football showcase hosted by Del Oro High will bring together a host of top notch prep teams from varying areas of Northern California. And although the Concord vs. Whitney game set for Golden Eagle Stadium in Loomis on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. is not the so-called “marquee” contest of the event, the battle between the Minutemen and Wildcats will definitely have a Div. I college feel to it. Both Concord and Whitney will feature players that have either verbally committed to a Div. I school or currently has scholarship offers on the table. For Concord, quarterback Ricky Lloyd earlier this summer made a verbal commitment to play next season at Southern Mississippi, the same college that produced Brett Favre. A year ago Lloyd more than filled the air with passes. The 6-5 quarterback connected on 192 of 330 aerials for 2,728 yards and 36 touchdowns. Three times Lloyd threw for five or more touchdowns in a game. Helping make Lloyd’s 2010 outlook even rosier is that Angelo Childs, a 6-2 185-pounder, returns at receiver where he snared 39 balls for 591 yards last season. Meanwhile, at Whitney, Wildcats coach Mike Gimenez received a pleasant surprise in the form of transfer Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. Cope-Fitzpatrick, who played at Palm Desert in Indio last season, is a two-way standout that will be a junior this season. However, the 6-5 250-pound receiver-defensive end showed enough talent in combines this summer that both UCLA and Oregon State have offered scholarships. “He’s a nice addition for us,” said Gimenez. “He has a lot of skills and can run. He was automatic-timed at 4.8 in the 40 at the USC combine.” Cope-Fitzpatrick played at the varsity level last season at Palm Desert where the team ran a spread formation much like Whitney’s. Missing In Action The Cal-Hi-RISE pre-season all-Sac-Joaquin Section football team has a pair of Del Oro Golden Eagles linemen named to the first offensive team. The preseason choices included Ryan Cope and Adrian Williams, both stalwarts has juniors a year ago. However, the Golden Eagles may have to play this season with just Cope. According to sources close to the Del Oro program, Williams, a 6-3 250 pound guard, program, was not with the Golden Eagles this summer and reportedly is now enrolled at Oakmont. New Face Colfax High’s football program welcomed a new face to its coaching staff has Joey Pelfanio will coach running backs this season. Pelfanio, who will be a full-time on-campus instructor at CHS, joins the Falcons after coaching at El Camino High School for the past eight seasons. A 1996 El Camino graduate, Pelfrano, who will be an on-campus instructor, played at Sacramento City College and Kansas University.