No. 3 Elk Grove’s Ryan Robards scores six touchdowns, doing so on offense, defense and special teams as the visiting Thundering Herd defeats the No. 2 Grant Pacers 42-7 Friday night.
No. 1 Folsom’s defense forces three turnovers and converts two of them into scores as the Bulldogs blast the visiting No. 4 Del Oro Golden Eagles 31-0. Folsom improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Sierra Foothill League.
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Kosta Koufos wasn’t the Kings’ flashiest free-agent signing. The 7-foot, 265-pound center enters his eighth season averaging 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for his career. However, he brings more to the table than stats. Koufos realizes that setting a good screen can be just as important scoring or finding an open shooter for an assist. He’s been drawing raves from coach George Karl at the team’s training camp in La Jolla.
Running back Christian McCaffrey has become the face of the team at Stanford. The portrait was snapped the third game of the season, when McCaffrey gained 115 yards on 26 carries in Stanford’s 41-31 victory over USC. McCaffrey followed up with 206 yards on 30 carries in the 42-24 win against Oregon State.
49ers fans might get a better look at running back Reggie Bush, who has practiced all week and is listed as probable on the team’s injury report for Sunday’s game against Green Bay. His initial outing was cut short when he strained his left calf in the first quarter of the season opener against Minnesota.
Nicholas and Anthony Payne are identical twins, which is rare (3.3 per 1,000 births in United States). More uncommon might be that they play the same position, cornerback, for the Hornets, who face Northern Colorado on Saturday (6:05 p.m.) at Hornet Stadium.
New England Patriots rookie safety Jordan Richards, out of Folsom High School and Stanford, knows better than to sleep during team meetings. He sits in the front row and pays attention. That enthusiasm might be the reason he has emerged as a key contributor for last season’s Super Bowl winners.
Third baseman Matt Duffy becomes the first Giants rookie to win the prestigious Willie Mac Award, an honor that is in its 35th season and recognizes the team’s most inspirational player by a vote of players and coaches. Duffy was the last player to make the Giants’ roster this spring and became the starter at third base in May.
Danny Valencia believed all along that he just needed the opportunity to show what he could do. The A’s are now believers. Valencia, picked up on waivers Aug. 3 from Toronto, hits a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifts the A’s over the Seattle Mariners 4-2.
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