With a 54-9 record from 2012 to 2016, you’d think that the Capital Christian of Sacramento football program would easily have a winning all-time record, especially since the Cougars have only been playing since 1980.
For most of the school’s football history, however, it hasn’t been nearly as successful.
Other than a handful of seasons, Capital Christian never seemed to find the CIF Northern Section as much of a home in the years it was in that section. When the Cougars finally did join the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section at the start of the 2002-03 school year, it took them a few years to get rolling.
The years were especially difficult in the 1990s when Capital Christian was only 30-69. The school didn’t actually get over the .500 mark for all time record until just last season.
After 10-2 and 9-2 seasons in 2012 and 2013, Capital Christian had its best team so far in 2014. After winning the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title and improving to 13-0, the Cougars played in the NorCal Division IV bowl game and lost 35-14 to eventual D4 state champ Central Catholic of Modesto.
The Cougars were led in 2014 by the versatile Justice Shelton-Mosley, who later would be named the Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop State Player of the Year. Shelton-Mosley, who headed to Harvard University after his graduation from Capital Christian, rushed for 1,051 yards and 21 TDs while also catching 23 passes for another 447 yards and four scores. He also had 70 tackles and six interceptions on defense.
In 2015, the Cougars also only lost one game, but it came earlier in the playoffs when they were knocked off 31-21 by Bear River (Lake of the Pines) in the SJS D5 semifinals. They did post a 41-13 win earlier in the season against Aptos.
In May of 2016, Head Coach Phil Grams resigned and is now coaching running backs at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. Former JV head coach Ron Gerringer became the interim head coach, keeping the program at a high level.
In the 2016 season, the Cougars finished 11-3, going 6-0 in the Golden Empire League. In those six league games, the Cougar defense was stingy, only given up a total of 27 points. After winning the CIF D5 San Joaquin Section title against perennial powerhouse Sonora, the Cougars lost in the NorCal Division Division IV bowl game against Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, 24-21.
Jacob Norville, who had 22 TD passes as a sophomore in 2014 and then 22 again his junior season, passed for 2364 yards and 23 TD passes to conclude his career as a four year varsity quarterback. He completed 111 of 191 passes his senior year.
One of the top players in 2016 was sophomore running back D’Marcus Ross, who rushed for 825 yards and 13 TDs as a freshman. In his second varsity year, Ross rushed for 1421 yards averaging more than 10 yards per carry. In addition to Ross, Christen Simmons rushed for 709 yards in 8 games and like Ross, averaged more than 10 yards per carry. Julian Leslie ran for more than 800 yards in his senior year.
In January of 2017, Capital Christian hired Del Oro High School’s head coach Casey Taylor. Taylor, a 15 year veteran at Del Oro, brought with him a tradition of winning on the large school stage. Taylor’s tenure produced 4 CIF State bowl appearance in 2011, 2013, and back to back in 2015 and 2016. As one of the regions most respected coaches, his career record is 149-40 with seven section titles in the SFL Goliath league.
Coach Casey Taylor brings Capital a tradition of excellence and a culture of competition. His fearless play and gutsy play calling makes him a favorite of former players who can recite his regular mantra of “Process Over Outcome” and “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.” The ‘Anyone’ attitude of Taylor’s teams have played national heavies including Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, De La Salle, Bellarmine of San Jose, Helix of San Diego, and St Mary’s to name a few.
Taylor brought that philosophy to Capital. One of his first moves was to revamp the 2017 preseason schedule. Knowing this is the Cougars last year in the D5 Golden Empire League (In 2018, it has been proposed by the CIF Realignment Committee that Capital will jump a division to Division 3 and will share league play with Vista Del Lago, Sac High, Christian Brothers, Del Campo, El Camino and Rio Americano). To prepare for a deep run in 2017 and a desire for the school's first state bowl appearance, the small school Cougars will play two top ten state teams from Alaska and Nevada. It was also rumored that Taylor’s first request was a 2 year deal with Grant High School, a legendary school in Del Paso Heights and long time rival of Del Oro.
In recent years, the school has produced some of top recruited athletes in the nation from multiple sports. In the early 2000’s, Capital produced its first Division 1 football recruit in Spencer Hagen who played for Cal and later coached for both Cal and University of Hawaii. A few years later, a second Hagen, Kramer, was a top recruit for Jerry Glanville and played at Portland State before transferring to Azusa Pacific.
In 2014, two elite players from Capital Christian, Nifae Lealao and Justice Shelton Mosley enrolled at Vanderbilt and Harvard. Lealao, the 6-foot-7, 312-pound defensive lineman is one of the top junior defensive linemen in the SEC. Shelton Mosley has excelled at Harvard as a wide receiver. He has numerous scholar athlete awards, and in 2015 was the Ivy League Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2015, Cougar alumni Nick Aibodfe enrolled at offensive lineman at Fresno State.
In 2016, Norville signed with Claremont College, Jack Haney with Washington State, Weston Jones with Westpoint (CIF Small School All State Offensive Line), and Bryce Leach with Valparaiso.
The 2017 season will be exciting with numerous athletes already on national recruiting radar.
WIN-LOSS RECORDS FOR EACH DECADE
53.6% Winning Percentage
30.3% Winning Percentage
50.5% Winning Percentage
73.3% Winning Percentage
CCHS SEASON RECORDS
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COUGAR FACTS: ALL SPORTS
From 1977-2009, Capital Christian Cougars won a total of 10 Section Titles.
From 2010-2016, the Cougars have earned 34 Section Titles.
REPORTED ALL-TIME RECORD HEADING INTO 2016 SEASON:
184 WINS, 177 LOSSES, 3 TIES*
51% ALL-TIME WINNING PERCENTAGE
Best Records For Single Season
13-1 – 2014
11-1 – 2015
7-1 – 1989
7-1-1 – 1984
10-2 – 2012
Worst Records For Single Season
0-10 – 2004
0-5 – 1980
1-9 – 1992
1-9 – 1993
Most Points Scored (Single Game)
76 VS. Encina Prep (Sacramento) 2008
76 VS. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 2014
70 VS. Lindhurst (Olivehurst) 2014
69 VS. Vacaville Christian (Vacaville) 2014
69 VS. Lindhurst (Olivehurst) 2015
68 VS. West Campus (Sacramento) 2015
64 VS. Natomas (Sacramento) 2014
62 VS. Bachmann Hills (Boonville) 1983
62 VS. Lindhurst (Olivehurst) 2012
62 VS. Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) 2015
60 VS. West Campus (Sacramento) 2010
59 VS. Encina Prep (Sacramento) 2007
57 VS. Elliot Christian (Lodi) 2007
Most Lopsided Wins
76-0 VS. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 2014
76-6 VS. Encina Prep (Sacramento) 2008
70-0 VS. Lindhurst (Olivehurst) 2014
69-0 VS. Vacaville Christian (Vacaville) 2014
69-0 VS. Lindhurst (Olivehurst) 2015
68-0 VS. West Campus (Sacramento) 2015
66-0 VS. Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) 2016
62-0 VS. Lindhurst (Olivehurst) 2012
60-0 VS. West Campus (Sacramento) 2010
62-3 VS. Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) 2015
56-0 VS. West Campus (Sacramento) 2012
55-0 VS. Highlands (North Highlands) 2008
55-0 VS. San Juan (Citrus Heights) 2009
55-0 VS. West Campus (Sacramento) 2014
Longest Winning Streaks
13 – 2014 (went 13-0, then lost)
11 – 2015 (went 11-0, then lost)