Every so often, Chris Nixon has a friend approach before a game with a simple play-call suggestion: "Feed the ball to No. 21."
Nixon, Elk Grove High School's veteran football coach, already has that plan scripted, and No. 21 was fed plenty Saturday night.
Wadus Parker gained 202 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the No. 2 Thundering Herd past previous No. 17 Del Campo 38-13 to improve to 3-0. Parker, a senior, is averaging 190 rushing yards a game and 8.5 yards a carry and he has scored eight touchdowns.
Speaking of feeding, Parker learned the hard way that scarfing down bags of potato chips before a game in a fit of anxiety isn't the best thing to do; he vomited just before the half.
After the game, Parker credited his deep offensive line: Sai Ta'amu, Lau Ta'amu, Christian Vargas, Dior Vela, Trevor Reinwald, Marcus Worthy and Tyler Kern.
"Wadus is as good a back as I've coached," Nixon said. "I love this O-line. They get really upset with me if I don't let them hit the blocking sled after conditioning. This line draws comparisons to the lines of the last two years, but those lines went 12-1 and 12-2. This line has the work ethic and potential to be that good."
Quarterback Tommy Arnold had a 50-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Robards, and Noah Letuligasenoa, a tight end who doubles as a linebacker, had 2 1/2 of the Herd's six sacks in Elk Grove's victory.
Ellison runs wild No. 6 Granite Bay beat Freedom of Oakley 47-20 for its first victory, showing some of the offensive-line muscle that was key in last season's drive to the CIF State Division I championship.
Against Freedom, the Grizzlies sprung senior flyback Tony Ellison for four rushing touchdowns. Ellison, who has verbally committed to Arizona, had 218 all-purpose yards, overshadowing Freedom's Joe Mixon, widely considered the top tailback recruit on the West Coast. Mixon scored on a 94-yard kickoff return but had just 66 rushing yards.
Delta River off to good start Delta River League teams are a combined 16-1, headed by top-ranked Folsom (3-0), No. 3 Pleasant Grove (3-0) and No. 4 Oak Ridge (3-0). Ponderosa also is 3-0, No. 18 Jesuit is 2-0, and Sheldon is 2-1.
Ponderosa, which has beaten Natomas, Valley and Cordova by a combined score of 119-6, plays Union Mine this week. Those four teams are a combined 0-11. Then the schedule heats up for Ponderosa with No. 13 Rio Linda on Oct. 4 to close nonleague play before Delta River League games against, in order, Jesuit, Pleasant Grove, Oak Ridge and Folsom.
Colby Chiverton leads Ponderosa with 328 passing yards and six touchdown passes without an interception. Austin Tibbs has rushed for four touchdowns, and Conrad Washington has three interceptions.
Falcons, Honkers join Top 20 Del Campo and Antelope dropped out of The Bee's Top 20, and Christian Brothers and Yuba City debuted at Nos. 19 and 20.
Yuba City (3-0) is led by running back Omar Herrera, who had three rushing touchdowns in a 37-7 win over Liberty Ranch on Friday, and quarterback Isaac Lessard.
CBS is led by quarterback Chris Guillen, running back Mason Stahley and tight end Hayden Jones.
Cosumnes Oaks QB out Quarterback Alex Kropp of No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks, who also tops his senior class with a 4.6 GPA, will miss Friday's game against No. 10 Franklin with a broken left wrist. Junior Jaaron Stallworth will get the start.
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