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Wolves all over polls as playoffs continue Friday night

2013-11-21T21:12:00Z 2013-11-21T21:38:04Z Wolves all over polls as playoffs continue Friday nightMARTY JAMES Napa Valley Register
November 21, 2013 9:12 pm  • 

American Canyon High School, the Solano County Athletic Conference champion, is ranked in four different polls as it continues the playoffs tonight.

The No. 1 seed Wolves (10-1 overall), who are at home for a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal-round game at 7 p.m. against No. 8 Christian Brothers-Sacramento at Wolf Den Stadium, are No. 6 in the Week 12 CalHiSports.com Division II CIF Northern California Bowl Rankings and No. 6 in the NorCalPreps.com Division II Bowl Rankings.

The Wolves are also No. 16 in the MaxPreps.com Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 rankings and No. 7 in the North Division II MaxPreps.com California Bowl Game Rankings.

Causeway Classic Saturday

UC Davis (4-7 overall, 4-3 Big Sky Conference) and Sacramento State (5-6 overall, 4-3 Big Sky) meet on Saturday in the 60th annual Causeway Classic at 3:30 p.m. at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento.

Comcast SportsNet California will carry the rivalry game with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Mike Lamb (analyst) and Kate Scott (sidelines) on the call.

Free safety Charles Boyett, a Napa High graduate, leads Davis in tackles with 81. He leads the Aggies with two forced fumbles, has four pass-breakups and has a team-high 48 solo tackles.

A junior, he had a career-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo, against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Both are season-high totals for the Aggies.

He was one of the captains for the game against Montana.

Zach Jones, a Napa High graduate, also plays for UC Davis as a back-up free safety.

Gibson playing for Cardinals

Napa’s Mike Gibson, a back-up center-guard, has played in each of the Arizona Cardinals’ 10 games this year.

He plays on special teams for the Cardinals (6-4), who face Indianapolis on Sunday.

Gibson originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.

He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks.

He played in 25 games and made 21 starts in two seasons at UC Berkeley.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Tim Brown, (Raiders), Roger Craig (49ers, Raiders), Kevin Greene (49ers), Charles Haley (49ers), and Steve Wisniewski (Raiders) are among semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. 

Ray Guy (Raiders) is a seniors committee nominee.

Although there is no set number of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year.

The Class of 2014 will be determined at the selection committee’s annual meeting on Feb. 1, in New York, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be announced during “3rd Annual NFL Honors,” a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally that evening on FOX.

The Class of 2014 will be officially enshrined on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.

Raiders’ Woodson on NFL Network’s ‘Around the League Primetime’

Safety Charles Woodson, appearing this week on NFL Network’s “Around the League Primetime,” was asked about whether the Oakland Raiders can climb back into the playoff race and make the postseason.

“I believe that we all feel like down the stretch, they’re all winnable games,” said Woodson.

“When we look at our season this year so far, we feel like we’ve given some games away and we feel like our record isn’t indicative of the way we’ve played some of the games. We feel like we’ve given some games away so we feel like down the stretch if we play total games — all four quarters, not just one half here and there, not one good quarter here and there — that we can win every game. That’s the way that we feel about it, but it’s all about going out there and proving it each week, and getting the job done.”

Woodson is the founder and owner of TwentyFour Wines and has developed a signature wine label, TwentyFour by Charles Woodson.

He has 12 acres of vineyards in Calistoga.

The Raiders are at home Sunday against Tennessee.

Dierdorf to retire after 43 consecutive years in NFL

After 43 consecutive years in the National Football League as a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame broadcaster, Dan Dierdorf has announced his retirement following this season. The announcement was made by CBS Sports this week.

Dierdorf, who is the longest tenured NFL analyst on television and teams with Greg Gumbel for CBS coverage, has spent the past 30 years as an NFL broadcaster, following a 13-year playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love,” Dierdorf said in a press release.

“I had an opportunity to go from the field directly to the broadcast booth where I have had the privilege of working with the giants of our business including Ray Scott, Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck, Dick Stockton, Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Verne Lundquist, Dick Enberg and lastly, my partner, Greg Gumbel. It has become a challenge for me to travel to a different NFL city every week, so it’s time to step aside. This has been a wonderful ride as I really have lived the dream.”

Dierdorf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and was the 2008 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.

During a 13-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1971-83), Dierdorf was named All-Pro six times, was selected as the NFL’s top offensive lineman three times and was voted to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 1970s.

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