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Roseville's Jonathan Lopez picks up yardage following a reception Friday. The Tigers beat Rio Linda when they returned a blocked field-goal try for a score in the final seconds.

Prep football notes: Long-time Roseville announcer Ron Grove is OK

Published: Sunday, Sep. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C

Football drama and real life blended into one scary sequence Friday.

As No. 13 Rio Linda was lining up a game-winning field-goal attempt at No. 14 Roseville, chaos ensued in the press box when longtime public address announcer Ron Grove passed out and slumped over.

The game was halted as paramedics rushed to the aid of Grove, the popular veteran Roseville volleyball coach.

While he was taken away by ambulance, a curious, hushed crowd wondered what had happened. When play resumed, Matt Razzano blocked the field goal, and teammate Jake Vaughn scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown for a stunning 22-14 Tigers victory as time ran out.

Saturday, emotions went from frantic to profound relief. Grove was alert and jovial within an hour of his Sutter Roseville Hospital arrival, resting comfortably, the victim of a faulty pacemaker.

"It was a very scary ending to the game," Roseville coach Larry Cunha said. "Ron had no pulse and was not breathing momentarily. Everyone loves Ron."

Kyle Downie threw for 228 yards and hit Jonathan Lopez for the go-ahead score for the Tigers, who beat previous No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks in their opener.

Runner goes down – No. 3 Del Oro didn't just lose 41-24 to state power Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in an Honor Bowl showcase Saturday in Oceanside, it lost budding star running back Te'Von Rhyne to a dislocated ankle, causing a 20-minute stoppage of play. The junior sparked an opening 27-14 victory over Logan of Union City with a highlight 51-yard touchdown run.

Receiver goes down – Dimming the gloss of a 2-0 start for a Franklin team that returned no offensive starters was the loss of wide receiver Brandon Johnson.

The junior – and son of coach Mike Johnson – broke his leg Friday while blocking on a play in the Wildcats' 45-14 victory at Tracy. Lamar Jackson threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns, and Joey Banks, the team's leading tackler last season, rushed for 130 yards.

Heavy-heart victory – Laguna Creek beat Florin 34-12 despite not having the services of quarterback Cecil Williams II, sidelined with a shoulder injury sustained in a practice, and with offensive coordinator Charlie Beall mourning the loss of his son.

Nolan Beall, 19, was killed in a late-morning car accident last month.

An assistant coach for some championship Elk Grove teams last decade, Beall, now assisting Dave Morton, said football has "been a good distraction."

Russell Williams rushed for 168 yards and a score, and Jacobi Kelly ran for 82 yards, had 13 tackles and scored on a run and a fumble return for the Cardinals.

Losing streak stopped – At long last, victory. In a meeting of teams bearing 21-game losing streaks, Galt rushed for 341 yards and seven touchdowns to beat Kennedy 48-28, delighting a spirited home crowd that had seen the one-time championship program dwindle so much in player numbers, it had to forfeit a game last season out of safety concerns.

"It's great, and we got over the hump," second-year Galt coach J.J. Woodward said.

Dylan Welcher rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Garrett Blackwell rushed for 71 yards and a score, and the defense forced four turnovers.

Pacer power – In a rare rout between old rivals, Grant rolled Nevada Union 46-6 in Grass Valley. The Pacers capped a 64-yard opening drive with a Deondre Grays touchdown (he rushed for 80 yards and two scores), and Donovan Brown tossed two touchdowns as the Pacers amassed 436 yards. The defense, revamped from last season but still headed by defensive end Mosese Moala, smothered the Miners, who opened with a 34-16 loss last week to Reno's McQueen.

Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty break down Week 1 football on ESPN1320.net.

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