José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com As Folsom's Jake Browning celebrates, the Bulldogs and Granite Bay shake hands. The mutual respect continued on social media.

High school football notes: Folsom, Granite Bay show mutual respect

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Sportsmanship was the prevailing theme surrounding one of the most anticipated high school football games of the season.

The night before No. 1 Folsom beat then-No. 2 Granite Bay 30-14, Kris Richardson and Ernie Cooper sat together and watched the freshman teams play. Richardson is Folsom's co-head coach, and Cooper was the Grizzlies' varsity head coach until he stepped aside in June to spend more time with family.

After years of trying to schedule a game, Richardson and Cooper agreed to a date during last season's playoffs, and it was the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 opener since 2010, when Grant played Folsom.

Cooper watched Friday's game from beyond the north end zone at Granite Bay after playing 18 holes of golf that afternoon to ease his nerves.

Players from both teams exchanged praise on social media over the weekend, with Folsom players raving about Granite Bay's toughness and skill.

Tweeted Folsom offensive lineman Tommy Farrell about the Grizzlies: "I definitely felt it. Strong guys and a great team. Just respecting a great program."

Granite Bay linebacker Cameron Smith tweeted back to Farrell: "Much respect to you guys. You guys played hard all game and won with class, man."

Hot time in Oceanside – Del Oro's experience at the Honor Bowl in Oceanside was mixed.

The highlights included visiting Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton and turning an early blowout into a competitive game – quarterback Michael Moore threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Meteer – before losing to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 41-24. But the Golden Eagles had no power in their hotel rooms, meaning no air conditioning and virtually no sleep.

Big day for Trey – Mon- terey Trail's Trey Nahhas keyed the biggest upset of the weekend. The junior running back rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-21 victory overthen-No. 12 Antelope. The Mustangs, ranked 15th, opened the season with a 46-12 loss to No. 9 Inderkum.

He's back on track – After missing Del Campo's season-opening 14-7 loss to Antelope with a bad ankle, senior running back Austin Brown rushed for 168 first-half yards and scored three touchdowns before sitting out most of the second half of a 55-12 rout of Fairfield. Brown returned a kickoff 84 yards for a score in the second half.

Falcons are soaring – Christian Brothers is 2-0 largely because of strong offensive-line play and a prolific backfield. Quarterback Chris Guillen accounted for four touchdowns, Mason Stahley rushed for 162 yards and three scores, and tight end Hayden Jones had a touchdown reception as the Falcons had 497 yards in a 58-42 victory over Placer.

Big Red's ahead – No. 20 Jesuit unleashed the veer offense under second-year coach Marlon Blanton in a season-opening 35-7 win over Rio Americano on Saturday.

Ben Parietti rushed for 78 yards and a score, Beau Bisharat went for 45 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Jason Elenberger rushed for a 17-yard touchdown. Next up are El Camino on Saturday and rival CBS in the Holy Bowl on Sept. 21 at Hughes Stadium.

Hicks wins – Marc Hicks earned his first victory as Davis' coach, 30 years after he was a prep All-America tailback for the Blue Devils. Talek Deary rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Winfred Roberson had 162 yards and one score Friday to lead the Blue Devils past Foothill 30-7.

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