The Eagles will Play the Buffaloes at Murrieta Mesa Saturday Evening
Rancho Christian will play in the school’s first ever CIF State Championship Game Saturday night. This is an amazing feat and even more incredible since the Eagles are only in their fourth full season with a varsity football team. Coach Jim Kanau, his staff, and team have exceeded all expectations for a school with an enrollment of just over 200 students.
The Eagles will be playing against Amador High School from Sutter Creek. The Buffaloes will make the 450 mile, 7 hour drive down to Southern California for the Championship Bowl game to be held at Murrieta Mesa on Saturday.
The Buffaloes are 15-1 and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-VI Champions. Amador defeated the Mendota Aztecs in a toughly contested 21-14 battle last week.
Buffaloes Coach Bill Baker likes to run the ball and control the clock. His primary weapon is senior running back Daylan Thetford, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Mother Lode League.
Thetford has run for 1,731 yards and 35 touchdowns. In last week’s game against the Aztecs, the senior ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
Amador has two other senior running backs. Andrew Keeter and Reese Gilmore have combined to run for 1,011 yards and 15 TDs. Senior quarterback Anthony Burns has thrown for 1,183 yards and 9 touchdowns. His favorite receiver is senior Tyler McCoey.
Rancho Christian is also a no frills, in your face, run oriented offense. Jaden Schieberl has been the spark that has ignited the Eagles offense all through the playoffs. The junior scored twice and rushed for 174 yards last week against Franklin. He has run for 1,668 yards and scored 28 times on the ground.
Sophomore Maolsi Napoleon is the Eagles”other” back who has worn out opposing defenses. He has gained 1449 yards with 15 TDs. Elijiah Campbell has emerged as another explosive weapon for Rancho Christian. The junior scored three touchdowns and gained 117 yards on 11 carries in last week’s game.
Junior Carter Treadway is the Eagles quarterback. He has thrown for 1,527 yards tossed 19 touchdown passes this season. His favorite receivers are sophomore Jojo Saatzer, senior Nicholas Alvarez and his brother Tyler who is also a junior.
“Ms.Money” is what she is called by teammates for her accuracy and consistency. She has kicked 8 field goals this season with her longest a 40 yarder.
Alvarez, junior Jake Davies, Elijah Campbell, Colton Bulger and Ryan Eaposito anchor the defense for Rancho Christian. The Eagles shut down Franklin’s powerful offense last week to advance to this Saturday’s State Championship Game and they seem to be getting better every time they play together.
Photos by Erin Baker