Run like mad and defend with purpose.
That was the formula for Elk Grove High School on Friday night in Stockton.
With Elk Grove rushing for 274 yards on 42 carries and the defense putting the clamps on a nationally recruited tailback, the Thundering Herd toppled Sac-Joaquin Section preseason No. 1 Lincoln 35-21 in a season opener.
Top-ranked by The Bee, Elk Grove was led by Wadus Parker (127 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and Robert Frazier (102 rushing yards, one touchdown).
In his first start, senior quarterback Guy Hall ran for a touchdown in place of starter Tommy Arnold, who sat for disciplinary reasons.
B'won Canada blocked a punt and had a sack and 10 tackles for the Herd, which held USC commit Justin Davis (111 rushing yards) to no yards on four second-half carries.
"What a great win fantastic," Herd coach Chris Nixon said. "It's a real tribute to our guys, and our offensive line."
Coached by Moe Loller, the line consisted of Jaime Cruz, Casey Whalen, Matt Loller, Noah McMahon, Marcus Worthy and tight end Noah Letuligasenoa.
The Herd played without its top offensive lineman in Michael Tsukamoto, who has a broken collarbone.
Folsom record in doubt Cal-Hi Sports is disputing Folsom quarterback Jake Browning's 10-touchdown passing effort Friday in a 68-28 win over Woodcreek, specifically if it tied a national record, as has been widely reported across the country.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations online record book, Browning shares the single-game mark with six others.
Doug Huff, whose work on national records since the 1960s was the basis of the national record book, told Cal-Hi Sports over the weekend that Browning is "six shy of the longtime record of 16 by Arthur Smith of Cozad (Neb.) vs. Overton (Neb.) in a state-record 201-7 rout in 1921.
"That mark has been in the Nebraska record book for at least 30 years," Huff said.
Yet, it somehow remains unrecognized by the National Federation online record list.
Et cetera Monterey Trail and El Camino debut in the rankings at No. 16 and 20, respectively, though only El Camino played, rolling Union Mine 49-0 behind third-year starting quarterback Jonah Lessard. Monter- ey Trail opens at home Friday against No. 15 Antelope.
Del Oro running back Brandon Monroe was a bright spot against nationally ranked Oaks Christian, rushing for 97 yards before going down with cramps. Del Oro missed two first-half field-goal attempts and dropped two touchdown passes.
Said Del Oro coach Casey Taylor of Oaks Christian, "They're as good as we've ever seen."
Union Mine played its opener against El Camino without successive-season 2,200-yard rusher Sean Tow, who was out with a hamstring strain. Tow remains week-to-week, his coaches say.
Franklin coach Mike Johnson on Tre Lampley, who scored four touchdowns on two receptions, a run and a punt return in a 38-28 victory over Thousand Oaks, "I'm not shy in using him."
The only player running faster than Hank Humphers on two big plays Friday night in Grass Valley was his father, Dave, the Miners' coach along the sideline.
Hank, a senior linebacker, scored on an 80-yard fumble recovery and returned a late interception to the McQueen 2 to seal a 27-10 win over the Reno school.
Joe Volek won his coaching debut at El Dorado, a 40-34 double-overtime thriller against South Lake Tahoe as Clayton Van Duyn scored three touchdowns.
Coach Tom Ingles won his Bella Vista debut, 14-7 over Woodland. He won 248 games and three state championships in Washington.
THE BEE'S TOP 20
PR Previous ranking
School W-L PR
1. Elk Grove 1-0 1
2. Nevada Union 1-0 3
3. Grant 1-0 4
4. Pleasant Grove 1-0 6
5. Granite Bay 0-1 5
6. Del Oro 0-1 2
7. Franklin 1-0 7
8. Placer 0-0 8
9. Del Campo 1-0 9
10. Folsom 1-0 10
11. Oak Ridge 1-0 11
12. Burbank 1-0 12
13. Cosumnes Oaks 1-0 13
14. Inderkum 1-0 14
15. Antelope 1-0 15
16. Monterey Trail 0-0
17. Jesuit 0-0 16
18. Casa Roble 1-0 17
19. Whitney 1-0 18
20. El Camino 1-0
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Games start 7-7:30 p.m.
Lathrop vs. Liberty Ranch at Galt
Mesa Verde vs. Mira Loma at El Camino
Games start 7-7:30 p.m.
Antelope at Monterey Trail
Argonaut at Galt
Bradshaw Christian at Capital Christian
Colfax at El Camino
Cordova at Bella Vista
Del Campo at Enterprise-Redding
Del Oro at Westlake
East Nicolaus at Rio Vista
El Dorado at Tokay
Elk Grove at Beyer-Modesto
Florin vs. Laguna Creek at Elk Grove
Foothill at Davis
Foresthill at San Juan
Franklin vs. Tracy at Cosumnes Oaks
Golden Sierra at Johnson
Live Oak at Marysville
Lodi at Sheldon
McClatchy at Dixon
Natomas at Lincoln
Nevada Union at Grant
Oakmont at Whitney
Oak Ridge at Rocklin
Pioneer at Wood
Placer at Central Catholic
Pleasant Grove at Lincoln-Stockton
San Ramon Valley at Folsom
Spanish Springs-Sparks, Nev. at Inderkum
Roseville at Rio Linda
Union Mine at Bear River
Valley at Ponderosa
Vista del Lago at Highlands
Wheatland at Lindhurst
Woodcreek at Casa Roble
Woodland at Vintage-Napa
Yuba City at River City
Games start 1 p.m.>
Cosumnes Oaks at Sacramento
Delta at Woodland Christian
Golden Sierra at Johnson
Granite Bay vs. Oaks Christian
Jesuit at Rio Americano
Vanden at Christian Brothers
>ACCESS SACRAMENTO GAME
Nevada Union at Grant on Friday night will be broadcast live on Access Sacramento (Ch. 17 on Comcast and SureWest, Ch. 99 on AT&T)