After being knocked around by powerhouses the previous two games, Del Oro could have been demoralized entering Friday's game against Grant.
Instead, the host No. 6 Golden Eagles held off the No. 7 Pacers 38-35 in double overtime in one of the most exciting games of the season's first month.
Del Oro had lost on the road to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 41-24 and De La Salle of Concord 41-3 and the toll was worse than the scores. The Golden Eagles lost star running back Te'Von Rhyne for the season with a broken ankle, and several other starters also were sidelined Friday.
Against Grant, Michael Moore threw four touchdown passes. Three went to Jonathon Tuttle, including a 32-yarder with 24.8 seconds left to tie the score 28-28 and force overtime. After both teams scored in the first overtime, Mason Humes won it with a field goal after defensive end Tanner Woods stopped Grant's Deandre Whittington-Grays on a fourth-and-1.
Whittington-Grays led the Pacers with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Last year, Grant beat Del Oro 31-30.
"Very similar to last year, only this time we found a way," Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. "It was huge. We needed it. We had three long weeks on the road. It was a great effort."
Taylor said the ambitious scheduling has paid off.
"It's a testament of why we do what we do in scheduling," Taylor said. "We could play a lesser opponent and feel like we're better than we are. A lot of teams would succumb to the pressure. I try not to get caught up in the wins. It's about getting the best out of your team mentally and physically, and we're already better for it."
Ellison's ouch Granite Bay's thrilling 39-35 victory at East Bay power Pittsburg was dampened by standout flyback Tony Ellison's knee injury.
Ellison, a senior, left the game midway through the first quarter after two long scoring plays. Ellison, who has verbally committed to Arizona, said Saturday the injury was just a bruise, though he initially feared something worse.
Josh Neal led Granite Bay with four touchdown passes two to Marc Ellis, including a go-ahead 26-yarder with 5:15 left and Arman Mizani's late interception sealed the victory.
Pittsburg's Harris Ross rushed for 297 yards and three touchdowns just two weeks after rushing for a North Coast Section-record 464 and seven touchdowns.
Sipes steps up No. 4 Oak Ridge showed its depth at quarterback in a 28-14 win over Vacaville.
Jacob Sipes, who took over after Ian Book was sidelined in the first quarter, passed for a first-half touchdown and rushed for the game's final two scores.
He even set up a score with one of his team's three blocked kicks.
Quick hits Whitney's Jordan Traynor kicked three field goals in a 22-14 win over Christian Brothers.
Jesuit made a five-team leap in The Bee's Top 20, going from No. 16 to No. 11 after routing previous No. 9 Franklin 42-7.
Nevada Union's state-record 344-game scoring streak, dating to the opening game of the 1984 season, ended against rival Elk Grove in a 43-0 loss in Grass Valley. In 1995, the Miners had their 45-game, eight-year home winning streak, still a Sac-Joaquin Section record, ended by Davis 41-14.
THE BEE'S TOP 20
PR Previous ranking
School W-L PR
1. Folsom 5-0 1
2. Elk Grove 5-0 2
3. Pleasant Grove 5-0 3
4. Oak Ridge 5-0 4
5. Granite Bay 3-1 5
6. Del Oro 2-2 7
7. Grant 3-2 6
8. Burbank 2-2 8
9. Rocklin 3-2 10
10. Rio Linda 3-1 13
11. Jesuit 4-0 16
12. Yuba City 5-0 19
13. Inderkum 3-2 11
14. Casa Roble 4-1 18
15. Franklin 3-2 9
16. Roseville 3-2 12
17. Vista del Lago 4-1 17
18. Monterey Trail 3-2 15
19. Center 3-1 14
20. Colfax 4-0 20
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