Saturday, August 2, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

City teams still have plenty to prove

1 vanden qb

Vanden's Jadon Brisendine (12) passes the ball, Friday, during the football game against Napa at Vanden High School in Fairfield. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page B7 | November 01, 2013 |

Rivalry Week and the end of the regular season are a week away, but each city team has something to prove before then.

The team with the most to win – and lose – Friday night is Vanden, which hosts Benicia in a huge Solano County Athletic Conference clash.

If the Vikings have their way, they’ll win tonight and next week and then have Benicia upset defending SCAC champion American Canyon to create a three-way tie for the 2013 title.

The Panthers, of course, have a huge say in the matter.

Then again, if the Vikings had their way, they wouldn’t have lost to Wood and Napa by a point and by eight points to AC.

The Panthers have had their number the past two years, winning a 54-44 shootout in 2011 and humbling them 20-6 last year, the Vikings’ lowest point total since 2007.

Comparative scores and stats for common foes are interesting and slightly favor the Vikings, but they’re meaningless.

While both lost to Wood by a point on back-to-back weeks, Benicia’s struggled the past two games in wins over Vallejo (21-7) and Bethel (21-19), opponents Vanden had no trouble with in defeating 51-10 and 41-20, respectively.

According to the Sac-Joaquin Section wins list, the Vikings have played a tougher schedule, with its opponents winning 33 games, compared to the Panthers’ 24.

That wins list will determine the playoff seedings and Benicia (7-1) is already at seven wins. The best Vanden (5-3) can hope for is to get to seven with wins the next two weeks.

Both teams have solid air attacks, but the game will be won on the ground – and by the defenses.

For the second straight week, Armijo travels to Napa’s Memorial Stadium, a place it’s lost 15 straight times. It faces a team, Napa, that it lost to 11 straight times and is in search of its first MEL victory since 2007.

Dodging no one, Armijo has played one of the toughest schedules in the SJS, the 43 wins by its opponents ranking behind only Franklin of Elk Grove’s and Livingston’s 48, Escalon’s 46 and Vallejo’s 44, tying Del Oro, Inderkum and Sheldon.

It doesn’t get any easier with Napa, but if Armijo can get its running game going, anything can happen.

Rodriguez hosts four-time MEL champ Vacaville, which needs a win have a shot at the outright title.

The Mustangs simply haven’t put it together offensively this season and will have to be in sync to keep up with one of the section’s top offenses.

Stranger things have happened. The Bulldogs gave up 519 yards and 45 points to Napa last week. Rodriguez can’t match Napa’s offense, but few teams have a receiver as talented as Aaron Short, who has five scoring plays of 69 yards or longer this season.

Despite playing monster opponents on Friday, both Armijo and Rodriguez have to be looking ahead to their game at Brownlee Field next week. For the Indians, it’s a chance to snap what may be a 32-game MEL losing streak. For the Mustangs, it’s a shot to avoid going winless against city teams for the first time since 2004.

Fairfield’s last best shot at another victory in 2013 is Friday at Vallejo. The Falcons will be outmanned, as they have been each of the last five weeks, and the Apaches have played a tougher schedule (44 opponents wins to 33), but Fairfield’s other two wins were over struggling teams (Pioneer, Rodriguez).

Fairfield closes the season by hosting Vanden, which will be needing a win to enhance its playoff positioning and have a shot at a possible piece of the SCAC championship. The Vikings won’t be overlooking anyone at that point.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

County unveils Solano economic diversification study

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

 
Fairfield, Vacaville face off at Solano fair

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Fairfield couple celebrates 65th anniversary

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

County offers free Hepatitis C testing

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Reports close books on Solano DA race spending

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

 
’4 guys, 4 guns’ case ends with acquittals

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

Starbucks card as bribe? Not this time

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

 
Commune with your neighbors on National Night Out

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Which is best: All-inclusive resorts or cruises?

By Rose Alston | From Page: B5

 
Derriere dialing – who’s in your pocket?

By Murray Bass | From Page: B5

Fairfield police log: July 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Suisun City police log: July 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Weather for Aug. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

 
.

US / World

In brief lull, Gaza’s displaced survey devastation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Congress backs Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Poll: Public ready to close book on 2 wars

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Stars willing to risk opinions on Gaza clash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Last ex-city official sentenced in corruption case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California prisons alter treatment of mentally ill

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Court gives new life to California high-speed rail

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests records

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Report disputes mom’s claim in school altercation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Denver fair’s bong, edible contests celebrate pot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Law changed to allow ‘unlocking’ cellphones

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Lab who walked 30 miles back home adopted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Iran opens first state-run alcohol rehab center

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Remains of Air Algerie crash victims now in Paris

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Ebola moving faster than control efforts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Cheers, jeers for the week of July 27 to Aug. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Politicians gain superiority over electorate

By Murray Bass | From Page: A8

Election focus: Changing of political guard

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoon: Aug. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Perspective needed on Gaza conflict

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Aug. 2, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History for Aug. 2, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Airstream trailers enjoy resurgence as fixed lodging

By Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes for Aug. 2, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B11

My husband buys drinks for female strangers sitting alone in bars

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B11

 
.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A5

 
Larry King and Piers Morgan trade jabs

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Robert Kennedy Jr. to marry actress Cheryl Hines

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Got a beef with television? Why not sue somebody?

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Rising band getting more than 5 seconds of summer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Guitarist, songwriter for Alice Cooper dies at 71

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Batman creator’s personal copies to be auctioned

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
.

Sports

Baseball Notebook: Vanden grads Negron, Aplin making their mark

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Giants RHP Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Raul Ibanez homers to carry Royals past A’s 1-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Expos stop Shockers, stay alive in state tourney

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1

Vogelsong stifles Mets in Giants’ 5-1 win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Browns’ Gordon meets with NFL on appeal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Woods, Mickelson paired together again in a major

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
George suffers serious leg injury in US exhibition

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Montoya interested in running The Double for Penske

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Nick Watney leads Barracuda Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Anaheim Ducks to retire Selanne’s jersey Jan. 11

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Mudcats still alive in Auburn Classic

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Sergio Garcia shoots 61 to take Firestone lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Goodell defends NFL’s 2-game suspension of Rice

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Packers unveil statue for the Lambeau Leap

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Marco Dawson leads 3M Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

PGA Tour refutes report Johnson suspended

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Redskins WR Jerry Rice Jr to have shoulder surgery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Spurs sign Tony Parker to extension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hunter-Reay tops after early Mid-Ohio practices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Larson wins 1st career pole at Pocono Raceway

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Raiders’ Bergstrom adding center to his resume

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Blaine Gabbert learning 49ers system

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Jon Lester ready to help lead A’s back to playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

.

Business

Allergan sues Valeant, claims fraud in buy attempt

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Microsoft sues Samsung over halt to royalties

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

HP to pay $32.5M to settle Postal Service dispute

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Obituaries

Marjorie Lee Myrick

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Alice Marion Brown

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Enid Mary Vesci

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
.

Home Seller 08/2/14

Right at Home: cooking up a color-happy kitchen

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

Real estate transactions for Aug. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3