Joe Davidson

High school football notes: Win by Del Oro justifies its rugged schedule

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 - 4:38 pm

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

– Joe Davidson

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