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Benji Jones (2) of Burbank shakes of Wood’s Tim Beall (20) on his way to 278 yards and two touchdowns in 18 carries.

High school football playoff roundup: Burbank wallops Wood; Folsom's Browning closes in on state record

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 - 12:04 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Burbank High School had its best season in school history last year.

The Titans went 10-0 in the regular season, won their third consecutive Metro Conference title and beat rival Grant and Pleasant Grove in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

But then Oak Ridge stopped the Titans 24-6 in the semifinals, with Burbank’s players vowing to do better in 2013.

While this season’s 9-2 record isn’t quite as impressive – the Titans had nonleague losses to Pleasant Grove and Grant – they still have speed to thrill.

The Titans, now playing in Division II, put their talents on full display Friday night in beating visiting Will C. Wood of Vacaville 61-28 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Among the highlights:

• Harrison Anderson scored four touchdowns, two by pass and two by rush, and had two interceptions.

• Benji Jones rushed for 278 yards, including touchdowns of 70 and 87 yards, on 18 carries.

• Quarterback Ernest Jenkins completed 5 of 8 passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and a 47-yard touchdown.

• Washington State-bound Calvin Green ran for a 38-yard score, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and had an interception.

• Burbank (9-2) forced Wood (7-4) into seven turnovers, including six interceptions. In addition to those by Anderson and Green, Ken Brown, Esteban Bravo and Keyshawn Ates had interceptions. DeQuan Rogers had a fumble recovery.

The only glaring downside for the Titans, who face Elk Grove in the next round, was 22 penalties for 215 yards.

In other Division II games:

Del Oro 63, River Valley 9 in Loomis – Trey Udoffia caught 49- and 42-yard touchdown passes from Michael Moore and Dylan Kainrath rushed for two touchdonws as the top-seeded Golden Eagles (9-3) beat the Falcons (6-5).

Elk Grove 42, Atwater 7 at Elk Grove – Wadus Parker rushed for 178 yards on 35 carries and four touchdowns as the Thundering Herd (10-1) belted the Falcons (6-5). Shaunard Harts returned an interception 37 yards for a score, and Tommy Armold passed for 100 yards and ran for 48.

Grant 52, Downey 14 at Grant – Donovan Brown completed 7 of 11 passed for 146 yards and hit Arioyon Huff for two touchdowns as the Pacers (8-3) rolled the Knights (7-4) of Modesto. Grant rushed for 415 yards, including 108 by Green and 95 by Deandre Whittington-Grays.

Yuba City 34, St. Mary’s-Stockton 28 in Yuba City – Alex Inskeep’s 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown helped the Honkers (10-1) defeat the Rams (7-4).

Vacaville 26, Rocklin 20 in Vacaville – A last-second interception by Drew Chitwood ended a late Thunder (7-4) drive as the Bulldogs (8-3) held on for the win. Chad Hekking’s 60-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Donaldson in the third quarter was the difference for Vacaville. Evyn Holtz led Rocklin with 87 rushing yards and Logan Webb ran for a touchdown and threw for another but was picked off twice.

Rio Linda 34, Antelope 0 in Rio Linda – Marcel Brown rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and the Knights (10-1) held the Titans (7-4) to 74 total yards.

Division I

Folsom 50, Lincoln 13 in Folsom – Jake Browning tossed six touchdown passes, coming within three of the state record and one of his own Northern California record, as the Bulldogs (11-0) cruised over the Trojans (4-7) from Stockton. Will McClure hauled in three of Browning's TD passes (four, 30 and eight yards). Browning, who finished 38-of-45 passing for 455 yards, has 62 touchdown passes, one short of his own school and NorCal record of 63 set last season. Robert De La Cruz, Cathedral-Los Angeles, holds the state record of 65.

Oak Ridge 31, Napa 7 in El Dorado Hills – Ian Book threw three touchdown passes, two to Trent Buenzli, to lead the Tojans (10-1) over the Indians (6-5).

Pleasant Grove 48, Modesto 12 in Modesto – Dre Terrell completed 7 of 10 passes and had four touchdown passes, Esley Simmons returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and had a 47-yard reception for a score, Wyatt Demps returned a punt 73 yards for a score and caught two touchdown passes, and Ian Broom rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries as the Eagles (9-2) defeated the Panthers (7-4).

Granite Bay 58, Tokay 12 in Lodi – The two-time defending D-I champion Grizzlies rolled behind Luke Bussey, who returned the opening kickoff for a score, and Josh Neal, who tossed three touchdown passes. Granite Bay next plays Oak Ridge in a rematch of the 2012 D-I title game.

Franklin 44, Pitman 27 at Sheldon – Joey Banks scored four times, on three runs and a fumble return, as the Wildcats (8-3) rolled the Pride (7-4) of Turlock. Franklin now takes on top-seeded Folsom.

Division III

Christian Brothers 54, Pacheco 20 at Hughes Stadium – Chris Guillen threw touchdown passes of 79 and 35 yards to Mason Stahley and Erik Bloomquist, respectively, and he also rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Falcons (8-3) over the Panthers (7-4)

Division IV

Center 34, Modesto Christian 0 at Antelope – Tyrell Anderson returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 60 yards for a score, and Joe Swen rushed for three touchdowns as the Cougars (8-3) coasted past the Crusaders (6-5).

Placer 34, Capital Christian 14 at Capital Christian – Todd Valliere caught a 46-yard touchdown pass and rushed for two scores as the Hillmen (6-5) defeated the Cougars (9-2).

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