Marco Baldacchino rushed for four touchdowns, and Michael Pitman added two other rushing scores to lead No. 3 Oak Ridge to a 41-28 win over No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals Friday night in El Dorado Hills.
Baldacchino scored on runs of 53, 20, 9 and 54 yards, the last two coming in the fourth quarter for the Trojans (10-2) after Cosumnes Oaks (8-4) had closed to within seven points.
Austin Greer threw three touchdown passes for the Wolfpack.
Oak Ridge will play at No. 2 St. Mary’s of Stockton in the semifinals next Friday.
No. 4 Elk Grove 42, No. 5 Turlock 19 in Elk Grove – Jayden Machado completed 14 of 18 passes for 202 yards and threw four touchdown passes, two to Gavin Reinwald (8 catches for 128 yards), and Zion Thomas rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns as the Thundering Herd (11-1) topped the Bulldogs (9-3). Elk Grove will play top-seeded Folsom next Friday.
No. 2 Del Oro 54, No. 10 Vacaville 13 in Loomis – Stone Smarrt threw three touchdown passes, including 71 and 30 yards to Mason Hurst, and Dalton Gee rushed for touchdowns of 25, 12 and 4 yards as the Golden Eagles (10-2) defeated the Bulldogs (8-4) and advance to the semifinals. They will play host to No. 3 and unbeaten Antelope next Friday. The Titans rallied to beat Grant 29-28.
No. 1 Oakdale 63, No. 8 Vista del Lago 35 in Oakdale – William Semone rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns and the Mustangs (10-2) scored on their first seven possessions, all in the first half in jumping to a 49-27 lead, then continued to roll over the Eagles (8-4) in the second half. It marked the fourth time Oakdale has eliminated Vista del Lago from the postseason.
No. 2 American Canyon 39, No. 7 Yuba City 8 in American Canyon – Darren Antes ran for a 25-yard touchdown and passed for a 40-yard score and Andrew Rapacon and Kama Aalona had long touchdown runs of 73 and 85 yards, respectively, for the Wolves (11-1) as they topped the Honkers (8-4).
No. 3 Christian Brothers 21, No. 11 Burbank 14 at Hughes Stadium – Tyler Vander Waal rushed for a 2-yard TD with 7:13 to play, Aaron Euwing had a 2-yard touchdown run and Jamarri Jackson returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and had a touchdown-saving interception as the Falcons (10-2) topped the Titans (7-5). CBS trailed 14-13 after three quarters. CBS plays at American Canyon next Friday.
No. 5 Merced 41, No. 4 Del Campo 32 in Fair Oaks – Ulonzo Gilliam returned a fumble 50 yards for a score and also rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the Bears (9-3) held off the Cougars (6-6).
No. 2 Placer 17, No. 6 Center 14 – Morgan Rein-Robinson rushed for a 9-yard touchdown, Carter Benz caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, Blake Van Dyke booted a 36-yard field goal and the Hillmen (7-5) stopped a Cougars pass attempt into the end zone on the game’s last play. Placer will play top-seeded Manteca for the championship on Nov. 26 at Lincoln of Stockton. Robbie Donnell rushed for two touchdowns for Center (8-3).
No. 7 Colfax 41, No. 6 Marysville 38 in Marysville – Nick Van Doorn scored on a 12-run with 10 seconds to play to lift the Falcons (9-3) over the Indians (9-3). Van Doorn also caught a 38-yard touchdown from Ryland Heimann and Marc Avila rushed for two touchdowns and returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown. Chase Tarr rushed for four touchdowns for Marysville.
No. 4 Capital Christian 33, No. 1 Sonora 30 in Sonora – Keegan Lewis booted a late-game 25-yard field goal as the Cougars handed the Wildcats (11-1) their first loss of the season. D’Marcus Ross scored on a 7-yard run with 9 minutes to play and Lewis made the PAT to tie the game 30-30. Ross also had a 27-yard touchdown catch from Jacob Norville, who also threw two touchdown passes to Christian Simmons. Capital Christian will play Colfax for the title on Nov. 25 at Lincoln of Stockton.
No. 2 Bradshaw Christian 34, No. 3 Argonaut 29 in South Sacramento – Gerrett Robbins rushed for 40- and 21 yard touchdowns to lead the Pride (12-0) over the Mustangs (8-4) in the semifinals. Andrew Hernandez scored on a 68-yard kickoff return, an 8-yard run and a 6-yard pass for Argonaut. Bradshaw Christian will play top-seeded Amador for the championship on Nov. 26 at Lincoln of Stockton.
No. 1 Sutter 31, No. 4 West Valley 0 in Sutter – Tyler Reynolds threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Cason Reyes and Trever Facey ran for a 63-yard touchdown to lead the Huskies (12-0) over the Eagles (7-5) in the D-3 semifinal game. Sutter will play host to No. 2 Lassen on Nov. 26 for the championship.
No. 1 East Nicolaus 24, No. 5 Colusa 7 in Trowbridge – Lineman Ian Novak returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown, Steven Brown threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Corey Taylor and Nolan Goyet ran for a 5-yard touchdown as the Spartans (12-0) defeated the RedHawks (8-4) in the D-4 semifinal game. East Nicolaus will play host to No. 2 Dunham for the championship on Wednesday.