CARSON, CA - On the eve of the biggest football game in school history, the Del Oro Golden Eagles arrive at the Home Depot Center poised and relaxed.
"We are ready as we will ever be," running back Nick O'Sullivan said. "We had a solid two weeks of practice and we are prepared."
Del Oro (13-1) will face Helix High (12-1) out of the San Diego area for the CIF D-II State Bowl Title Saturday night in Carson.
The game will feature two contrasting styles of football from the Golden Eagles ground and pound power game versus the Highlanders athletic spread offense.
"We are in for a grind and they are in for a war, " quarterback Bobby Heatherington said. "It is going to come down to the last six minutes of the fourth quarter and we will see if we can take it from there."
"I think we are ready to go," tight end Nick Bertrando said. "We are excited for the game and we think it is going to be special."
A large group of fans from the town of Loomis are expected to make the trip to Southern California to support their team. On Friday night, a group of 100 parents and family served a barbecue tailgate for the team in the stadium parking lot.
For the players and head coach Casey Taylor the community support has been special this season.
"Del Oro has been around for 52 years and we have had some great football teams," Taylor said. "It has been a culmination of alot of people putting in hard work and dedication for us to have this opportunity, so we feel very fortunate."
The CIF D-II State Bowl game is Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The game will be televised on CSN. Tune into News10 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. for your complete highlights and interviews with the team.
By Ryan Yamamoto, RYamamoto@News10.net