A half-dozen area teams that were darn near impossible to stop because of their powerful and varied offensive attacks
Mira Loma, 1968
Coaches: Don Brown/ Gerry Kundert
Notable: Won a then area-record 27 consecutive games; was NorCal ranked No. 1, averaging 36 points, in pre-playoff era.
Why so good: The wing-T specialized in deception, pulling guards and flustered defenses with key components Gary Weske, Jim Crum, Chuck Walker and end Jack Lassner, whose last-play touchdown catch beat Bella Vista. It was an "out of body experience," Lassner said.
Big Red Machine
Coach: Dewey Guerra
Notable: Only area team to finish No. 1 in the country; scored then-area record 42 points a game, huge in an era when many games ended 14-7.
Nevada Union, 1993
Coach: Dave Humphers
Notable: Won program's first Sac-Joaquin Section D-I title, averaging 48 points; besides loss to Grant, crushed all comers with straight-ahead running style. Miners had so many lopsided wins, a backup, Mike Fouyer, was their top tackler.
Why so good: Humphers is a Mira Loma graduate who elevated the wing-T in Grass Valley to a new level of deception and dominance. Undersized David Harrold and Isaac Ostrom teamed with burly backfield mate A.J. Kunkle to roll. Thor Larsen provided balance at quarterback.
Pacers 4 Life
Coach: Mike Alberghini
Notable: Hard to find a more star-studded, "wow" Pacers outfit than this, and that says a lot. Incredible balance and speed, outrageously dominant in the season's second half.
Why so good: Pro set scheme was telling with future NFL players (RB Onterrio Smith and WR Donte' Stallworth) and prolific passer Chad Elliott, whose perfect touch stretched the field. Elliot had 47 touchdown passes and was intercepted just three times (16 TD passes and no interceptions in four playoff games).
Elk Grove, 1998
Coaches: Ed Lombardi/Dave Hoskins
Notable: Thundering Herd set national offensive records that still stand, including 789 points (second most west of the Rockies all time) in averaging all-time area-best 56.4 points; its 830 yards of offense against 12-1 Atwater in D-I final remains a national playoff record; 7,496 total yards, still a state record and then second-best-ever nationally.
Why so good: The wing-T with a downfield pass element, power running, speed, too; featured crafty, competitive QB Ryan Dinwiddie, road-grading FB Lance Briggs, burner back/slot Ric Cottengim, WR Trent Lundin, great line play. Trailed 16 seconds all season; starters didn't play in fourth quarter.
Coach: Kris Richardson
Notable: Wake-up call came early, in opening 49-14 loss to state No. 1 Grant. Then came the momentum, averaging nearly 55 points in subsequent games, second-best in area history; state's second-most prolific team this season (728 points); rolled Grant 41-20 in rematch.
Why so good: Spread offense stretches teams with WRs all over; key is shrewd, accurate, driven QB Dano Graves, who has all-time NorCal bests with 59 touchdown passes, 20 touchdown runs; WRs Tyler Trosin and Kori Babineaux and hybrid Jordan Richards scored national prep playoff game record 75 points on 10-1 Vacaville – in the first half – in driving rain.