Del Oro is no ordinary .500 team, as the 15th-seeded Golden Eagles showed Friday night in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff opener in Yuba City.
With Brandon Monroe rushing for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries all in the first half the Golden Eagles (6-5) coasted to a 45-21 win over No. 2-seeded Yuba City (9-2).
The Honkers, enjoying one of their best seasons in school history, had snapped Inderkum's five-year reign as Tri-County Conference champions.
But Del Oro played one of the area's toughest nonleague schedules, competes in the ultra-competitive Sierra Foothill League, and has a rich history of playoff success. The Golden Eagles have been to the postseason 23 times and won the last two D-III section titles while also playing in last year's CIF State Bowl Game.
Nate Van Dusen scored on a 64-yard pass from Taylor Elkins and a 49-yard run, and Omar Herrera had a 58-yard touchdown run to lead the Honkers.
In other games:
No. 3 Oak Ridge 49, No. 14 Enochs 21 in El Dorado Hills The Trojans (10-1) led 35-21 at the half, then added two second-half scores to pull away from the Eagles (6-5) of Modesto.
No. 5 Granite Bay 52, No. 12 Napa 0 in Granite Bay Grant Caraway completed 12 of 14 passes for 149 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Steve Graber, and Tony Ellison scored two touchdowns to lead the defending D-I champion Grizzlies (8-3) to a blowout win over the Indians (7-4).
No. 10 Pleasant Grove 22, No. 7 Stagg 21 in Stockton Sophomore Chad Phillips' 22-yard field goal with one minute, 10 seconds left lifted the Eagles (7-4) over the Delta Kings (9-2).
Isaiah Saunders rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, Ian Broom had a 62-yard touchdown run, and defensive lineman Earl Chism had three sacks and seven tackles for Pleasant Grove, which will play the winner of today's Grant at Burbank game on Friday.
No. 1 Folsom 59, No. 16 Atwater 12 in Folsom Jake Browning threw for 444 yards and seven touchdowns, two each to Troy Knox and Harry Lipnosky, as the Bulldogs (10-0) overcame a slow start to blow out the Falcons (6-5).
Atwater had closed to 14-12 in the second quarter when Ronald Evans intercepted Browning and returned it for a touchdown. Folsom then scored the next 42 points, all on the sophomore quarterback's touchdown passes.
Folsom will host No. 9 Vacaville next weekend, a rematch of last year's D-II championship game won by Vacaville.
No. 3 Elk Grove 41, No. 14 Ponder- osa 0 in Elk Grove Robert Frazier rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns, Casey Whalen returned a fumble 35 yards for a score, and Bwon Canada had a 15-yard interception return to lead the Thundering Herd (10-1) over the Bruins (6-5).
No. 4 Antelope 31, No. 13 Rocklin 24 in Antelope The Titans (10-1) rallied for 10 fourth-quarter points a two-yard touchdown run by Titus Vinson, his third of the game, and a 23-yard field goal by Joe Estrada to beat the Thunder (5-6). Tyler Winston's interception at the Titans' 9-yard line with a little over a minute to play secured Antelope's first playoff win in school history.
Rocklin, trailing 21-0 in the second quarter, reeled off 24 consecutive points on a 36-yard field goal by Grant Mook and three Logan Webb touchdown passes.
No. 6 Del Campo 34, No. 11 Whitney 27 in Fair Oaks The Cougars (9-2) overcame a 21-7 first-half deficit but needed a final defensive stop late after Whitney (8-3) blocked a clinching field-goal attempt with 1:30 to go.
No. 9 Vacaville 35, No. 8 Rio Linda 21 in Vacaville David Mewborn and Curtis Goins each rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (8-3) over the Knights (8-3).
No. 6 Inderkum 30, No. 11 Manteca 21 in Natomas C.J. Spencer passed for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers (9-2) past the Buffaloes (6-5).
No. 1 Placer 59, No. 16 Hilmar 3 in Auburn Todd Valliere rushed for touchdowns of 44, 20 and 43 yards, and Casey Yunk returned an interception 25 yards for a TD as the Hillmen (11-0), up 45-0 at halftime, coasted to their first easy win in five weeks.
No. 4 Capital Christian 41, No. 13 Modesto Christian 0 Quinton Kirk rushed for five touchdowns, including a 52-yarder, to lead the Cougars (10-1) past the Crusaders (6-5).