Grant, once the most feared area football program, fell a little off the radar the past three seasons.
The No. 5 Pacers went a combined 21-14 and didnt make much noise in the postseason.
But with 18 returning starters and plenty of size, speed and talent, the Pacers showed Friday that they may be ready to return to their big, bad days of the past in topping No. 13 Burbank 20-0 in front of a near-packed house at Burbank High School.
With a running back by committee under veteran coach Mike Alberghini, the Pacers rushed for 184 yards, and senior quarterback Donovan Brown completed 8 of 20 passes for 122 yards.
Grants defense produced four turnovers fumble recoveries by TieNeal Martin, David Moala and Malik Johnson and an interception by Ezell Grant and held the Titans usually potent running game to 99 yards.
Deondre Whittington-Grays scored two touchdowns and Martin added a third for Grant. Mike Green II had 66 rushing yards on 12 carries and DeShawn Collins 60 on seven carries, many of the yards coming running behind 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior tackle Darrin Paulo and 6-4, 330-pound guard Soape Tupou, before he left with an injury. Wide receiver Aryion Huff had four catches for 88 yards.
But it was an ugly game as Grant beat the Titans for the seventh time in the last eight meetings. The teams combined for 30 penalties for 290 yards.
No. 1 Folsom 55, Cathedral Catholic 10 in San Diego Washington commit Jake Browning threw for 511 yards and seven touchdowns, five to Cole Thompson, as the Bulldogs coasted past the San Diego hosts.
No. 4 Oak Ridge 44, No. 15 Whitney 19 in Rocklin Behind the passing of Ian Book (16 of 19 for 294 yards and two touchdowns), the Trojans breezed past the Wildcats.
De La Salle 63, No. 6 Jesuit 0 at Cal The Spartans, ranked second in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, smothered the Marauders with defensive team speed and offensive execution with the veer offense in moving to 251-0-2 against Northern California competition since 1991.
No. 7 Franklin 29, Atwater 0 at Atwater Lamar Jackson had a passing touchdown and ran for a 60-yard score and backup quarterback Jacob Lopez tossed a touchdown pass and ran for one for the Wildcats, whose defense was too fast for the Falcons in recording six sacks. Jackson left in the second quarter with leg cramps but is expected to be fine.
No. 9 Rocklin 34, No. 12 Pleasant Grove 10 at Sheldon Riley Clark and Evyn Holtz rushed for touchdowns, Max Baker recovered a fumble for a score, and Max ORourke drilled two field goals for the Thunder, which avenged an opening 28-14 home loss to the Eagles last season.
No. 11 Inderkum 19, Reno 3 in Natomas Austin Thursman rushed for touchdowns of 52 and 1 yard and Jonathan Henry threw a 12-yard scoring strike to Larry Hardy to lead the Tigers.
Nevada Union 41, No. 14 Placer 20 in Auburn Justus Spillner tossed two touchdown passes, and the Miners rushed for nearly 400 yards in amassing 577 yards of offense in stunning the Hillmen.
No. 19 Monterey Trail 27, Antelope 20 at Monterey Trail EJ Viacrusis threw touchdown passes of 80 yards to Jermaine Bell and 13 yards to Neville Bood, and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, and Trey Nahhas had a 30-yard rushing score to lead the Mustangs over the Titans.
Pleasant Valley 21, Yuba City 16 in Chico John Horn caught a 78-yard scoring strike from Bailey Byrd-Elkins with 50 seconds left, but Pleasant Valley responded with a 40-yard scoring strike from Trent Darms to Ryan Steindorf with 15 seconds remaining to pull out the win.
El Camino 35, Rosemont 32 in Rosemont Kijana Zigler scored two touchdowns and had two interceptions, and the Eagles held on late by recovering an onside kick to run out the clock.
Cosumnes Oaks 23, Marin Catholic 10 at Cosumnes Oaks Mitchell Ford scored two rushing touchdowns and Christian McFarland one, and the defense stalled a team that has been a NorCal power.