Taylor Elkins just wanted a chance to be able to throw a football again.
It didn't matter where, Elkins just craved that opportunity to continue his career as a quarterback.
Though he's never steppe... Full story
The television at the Hudson household turns into a portal on weekends, a way for the son to visualize himself in the huddle, taking those three-step drops, checking the linebackers for a blitz and visualizing connecting on that third-and-long seam r... Full story
The season was filled with them — moments and memories that will be cherished by players and coaches alike. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable ones of the season ...
Week 2 — Sept. 3
RV Stuns Sutter
River Valley trailed 2... Full story
The Appeal-Democrat All-Area First Team.
Back row, from left to right: Tony Salcedo (Williams), Troy Thomason (River Valley), Anthony Boykin (River Valley), Tyler Wells (Maxwell), Steven Perry (Maxwell), Stephen Paxton (Lindhurst), Ed Ruiz (Gridley,... Full story
He stands just 5-foot-9, weighs in at a mere 170 pounds and his left ring finger has been cut off at the tip.
Don't let those lack of numbers fool you, though. Marysville High's Brad Black is as tough as they come and a hard-nosed football player th... Full story
The depression weighing down the Seward family on game day, hours before the son's first start at running back, was consuming the father the most. His boy, the one they called "Rookie," the underclassmen with all the potential was getting his shot at... Full story
Ithurburn ends alma mater's playoff drought in 4th season
By Jimmy Graben/Appeal-Democrat
A 7-year-old John Ithurburn sat in the bleachers at Woodland Community Stadium to witness his first high school football playoff game in 1977.
He remembers sitting in awe, watching Yuba City High quarterback Jim Stassi, running back Larry Abinante a... Full story
Over the span of the last three months, prep football programs across the Mid-Valley experienced climate changes, the agony of injury and defeat, the glory of trotting off the field with a victory and working as a team for one common goal.
One progr... Full story
Hopes come up empty as Live Oak shut down at home by Durham
The signs of life for Live Oak came far too late.
The gutsy plays from the injured, back-up quarterback; the audible cheers from a crowd who shivered more than screamed for three quarters; the visible showing of swagger and confidence from the Lions... Full story
Pirates' season falls short of section championship
By Andy Arrenquin/Appeal-Democrat
Wednesday night's Northern Section Division II championship game could have been billed as Lassen High's brawn versus Wheatland High's quickness.
All season long, the Pirates had used their overall team speed and relied on big plays to rack up 36.5 ... Full story
Panthers' power offense slowed, but defense holds on to edge Quincy
Sam Alcaraz's fifth interception of the year came with 1 minute and 37 seconds left, taking the wind right out of Quincy's sails and securing an enormous accomplishment for Maxwell High — a Division IV Northern Section championship.
After losi... Full story