They call them trap games. It's when a top team is either looking behind or ahead and they wind up in an unexpected dogfight.
That's what happened to No. 2 Folsom and No. 3 Elk Grove on Friday night.
Folsom, possibly looking ahead to a Delta River League title showdown with No. 8 Pleasant Grove next Friday, had to rally in the second half to beat Ponderosa 42-25 in Shingle Springs.
The Thundering Herd, with last week's emotional Delta Valley Conference loss to top-ranked Franklin still on its mind, also needed a second-half rally to beat Monterey Trail 54-40.
Jake Browning overcame three first-half interceptions to throw four touchdowns and lead the Bulldogs (9-0, 4-0) past the Bruins (5-4, 1-3). Ponderosa's Jeff Camilli had helped his team to a 25-21 halftime lead after returning an interception 22 yards for a score and rushing for touchdowns of four and 48 yards.
Meanwhile, Elk Grove's Robert Frazier rushed for five touchdowns as the Thundering Herd (8-1, 4-0) slipped past the Mustangs in a Delta Valley Conference game.
The score was tied 34-34 in the third quarter.
No. 1 Franklin 66, Laguna Creek 8 at Cosumnes Oaks Christian Fonbuena's 97-yard kickoff return highlighted an easy Wildcats (9-0, 4-0) Delta Valley Conference win over the Cardinals (2-7, 0-4).
No. 6 Placer 24, Colfax 7 in Colfax Isaiah Pineiro intercepted two passes, including one he returned 72 yards for a touchdown, and Stone Sander had an interception and two sacks to lead the Hillmen (9-0, 4-0) past the Falcons (4-5, 1-3) in the Pioneer Valley League game. The win sets up a showdown for the league championship with No. 15 Center on Friday in Auburn.
No. 9 Del Campo 49, Bella Vista 10 at Bella Vista Austin Brown rushed for two touchdowns and Romeo Lopez rushed for a four-yard score and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Derek Rodigo as the Cougars (7-2, 4-0) tuned up for their Capital Valley Conference title showdown next Friday against No. 19 Rio Linda. Tyler Miguel had a 48-yard field goal for Bella Vista (4-5, 1-3).
No. 10 Rocklin 49, Roseville 14 in Rocklin Logan Webb threw four TD passes, including two to former starting quarterback Daniel Kniffin, as the Thunder (5-4, 3-1) topped the Tigers (1-8, 0-4) in the Sierra Foothill League contest.
No. 14 Del Oro 45, No. 11 Nevada Union 35 in Loomis Brandon Monroe put on a dominating first-half performance, rushing for 123 yards and two TDs and compiling 121 receiving yards and two TDs to lead the Golden Eagles (4-5, 3-1) past the Miners (5-4, 2-2) in a critical Sierra Foothill League game.
No. 13 Whitney 56, Cordova 8 in Rancho Cordova Sutter Choisser and Jordan Powell each rushed for two touchdowns as the Wildcats (8-1, 4-0) beat the Lancers (1-8, 0-4) and set up a Capital Athletic League title showdown with No. 20 Antelope on Friday.
No. 15 Center 68, Foothill 7 in Antelope D'Juan Bellaire ran 316 yards and had five TDs, and Joe Swen 110 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars (8-1, 4-0) past the Mustangs (1-8, 0-4) in the Pioneer Valley League game.
No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks 51, Liberty Ranch 21 in Galt Kaelin Willhite rushed for a career-high 211 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, including a 95-yard score, as the Wolfpack (7-2, 4-1) beat the Hawks (5-5, 3-3) in a Sierra Valley Conference game.
No. 18 Inderkum 50, Pioneer 6 in Woodland C.J. Spencer threw for two touchdowns and scored on a 40-yard run and Terence White rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers (7-2, 4-1) over the Patriots (4-5, 1-3) in the Tri-County Conference game.
No. 20 Antelope 46, Rio Americano 14 in Antelope Tyler McCombs completed 11 of 19 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns; Jonathan Crippes rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and the defense produced six sacks in the Titans' (8-1, 4-0) Capital Athletic League win over the Raiders (4-5, 2-2).
Grant 48, Davis 14 in Del Paso Heights Marquise Carter rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, Isiah Rios passed for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and Trayvon Henderson had five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions as the Pacers (4-5, 2-2) beat the Blue Devils (5-4, 2-2) in a Delta Valley Conference game.
Sacramento 53, Kennedy 0 in Greenhaven Josiah Johnson completed 15 of 18 passes for 406 yards, and seven touchdowns, including two each to Louis Macklin and Lonnie Powell, in the Dragons' Metro Conference win over the Cougars (0-9, 0-5).
El Camino 50, Mira Loma 14 at El Camino Jonah Lessard completed seven of nine passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a score, and Herman Thomas had three catches for 195 yards and two scores as the Eagles (6-3, 2-2) topped the Matadors (3-6, 0-4) in a Capital Athletic League game.
Bear River 24, Lincoln 14 in Lake of the Pines Zach Winter had 17 tackles and a fumble recovery in leading the Bruins (7-2, 2-2) past the Fighting Zebras (4-5, 1-3) in the Pioneer Valley League game.