Daniel Ross ran up the middle for a 70-yard touchdown and No. 10 Franklin forced three turnovers to prevail over No. 8 Grant 17-9 in the Delta League opener Friday at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.
Jalen Lampley had a 1-yard touchdown run shortly after catching a 40-yard pass from Brandon Rundgren to give Franklin (4-0, 1-0) a 14-0 halftime lead over the Pacers (2-2, 0-1). But Grant’s Sox Lee booted a 33-yard field goal midway in the third quarter and Xavier Johnson threw over the Wildcats’ coverage to Paris Warren for a 97-yard touchdown late in the third period that cut Franklin’s lead to 14-9.
The Wildcats’ defense stiffened and Isaiah Bobadilla’s 19-yard field goal with 4:14 to play gave Franklin a little breathing room.
Elijah Cardenas and John Montgomery III recovered fumbles and Damerien Claridy made an interception for the Wildcats.
Never miss a local story.
Ross finished with 95 yards on 15 carries and Lampley added 63 yards on 17 carries while Montgomery also had 12 tackles.
No. 1 Folsom 55, Woodcreek 14 in Roseville – Kaiden Bennett completed 7 of 9 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns, including strikes of 80 and 40 yards to Joe Ngata, as the Bulldogs (5-0, 1-0) rolled to their 19th consecutive Sierra Foothill League contest victory in overwhelming the Timberwolves (1-4, 0-1).
Ngata touched the ball three times, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. Bennett, who ranked second in the Sac-Joaquin Section in total yards and passing yards entering the game, also threw touchdown passes to C.J. Hutton, Parker Clayton and Brandon Rupchock.
No. 4 Inderkum 64, Pioneer 0 in Natomas – Isaah Crocker returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown, caught 60- and 40-yard touchdown passes from Isaiah Ward, and Johnny Williams rushed for a 68-yard touchdown as the Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Tri-County Conference) ripped the Patriots (0-4, 0-1). Tahj Harvey, D’Angelo Morgan, Leevi Lafaele and Savien Pressley also rushed for touchdowns.
No. 7 Rocklin 38, Nevada Union 14 in Rocklin – Blayden Brown rushed for three touchdowns and had an interception on defense and two sacks to power the Thunder (4-1, 1-0 Sierra Foothill League) past the Miners (2-3, 0-1).
No. 9 Capital Christian 41, Marysville 28 in Marysville – D’Marcus Ross rushed for four second-half touchdowns to offset a dramatic first half by Indians counterpart Gary Cooper in the Golden Empire League opener.
Cooper rushed for 200 yards on nine carries and scored touchdowns of 75, 63 and 7 yards and Brice Handy-Gray returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score as Marysville (1-4, 0-1) took a 25-13 first-half lead. But Ross countered with 23, 11, 2 and 9-yard touchdown runs for the Cougars (3-1, 1-0).
Capital Christian’s Trey Jones also rushed for a touchdown and threw a 57-yard touchdown to Tyrese Bankhead.
No. 11 Sheldon 35, No. 7 Monterey Trail 20 at Sheldon – Francisco Salinas threw long touchdown passes to lead the Huskies (3-1, 1-0 Delta League) over the Mustangs (2-2, 0-1).
No. 12 Jesuit 44, Pleasant Grove 6 in Carmichael – Isaiah Rutherford scored three rushing touchdowns and Hank Harvego tossed two touchdown passes to spark the Marauders (2-2, 1-0) in their Delta League home opener against the Eagles (2-2, 0-1).
Laiatu Latu caught a touchdown pass, had two sacks and blocked a punt for Jesuit, which has losses to No. 1 Folsom and No. 2 Granite Bay. Dane Kaiser threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Williams-Cescato for Pleasant Grove.
No. 13 Elk Grove 52, Davis 31 in Davis – Jaden Burns’ third touchdown run of the evening, a 34-yard burst, put the Thundering Herd (2-2, 1-0) ahead of the Blue Devils (0-4, 0-1) to stay early in the third quarter, 38-31, in Delta League play.
No. 14 Antelope 41, Ponderosa 14 in Shingle Springs – Two early touchdown runs by Moses Paul started the ball rolling for the two-time defending Capital Valley Conference champion Titans (4-0, 1-0) against the Bruins (1-3, 0-1).
No. 15 Del Campo 40, Roseville 0 in Roseville – Marshaun Hunter had a 45-yard defensive touchdown and caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Dimino, Greg Cabral rushed for two touchdowns and Levi Markey rushed for a 55-yard touchdown to highlight the Cougars’ (4-0, 1-0) Capital Valley Conference win over the Tigers (1-4, 0-1).
No. 18 Whitney 54, Bella Vista 0 in Fair Oaks – Preston Eklund threw three touchdown passes, all to Justin Kraft, and Jason Sanchez had two rushing touchdowns as the Wildcats (2-2, 1-0) topped the Broncos (0-4, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference opener.
No. 19 Christian Brothers 51, Winters 6 in Winters – Gunnor Faulk threw touchdown passes of 36, 32 and 15 yards to Spencer Webb and Jaiden Green had a 45-yard touchdown burst as the Falcons (2-2) topped the Warriors (2-2).
No. 20 Bear River 34, El Dorado 19 in Placerville – Stephen Taylor rushed for touchdowns of 58 and 7 yards and caught a 19-yard scoring strike from Luke Bagget, and Alex Bohn booted 33- and 28-yard field goals as the Bruins (5-0) defeated the Cougars (2-2).
Cosumnes Oaks 35, Oakmont 14 in Roseville – Larry Frierson threw touchdown passes of 70 yards to Jacob Trach and 17 yards to Nick Craig; Jeremiah Moore rushed for a 40-yard touchdown and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass; and Marque Collins returned an interception 44 yards for a score as the Wolfpack (1-3, 1-0 Capital Valley Conference) defeated the Vikings (3-1, 0-1).
Dixon 43, Natomas 42 in Natomas – The Rams (2-2, 1-0) rushed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion with two seconds left to shock the Nighthawks (3-2, 0-1) and ruin an outstanding performance by quarterback Adrian Torres in the Golden Empire League opener.
The junior threw five touchdown passes, including a 30-yarder to Jadon Johnson with 3:41 to play that put Natomas ahead 42-35. Jamar Walker had two touchdown runs for Natomas, including a 5-yarder that put Natomas up 35-14 late in the third quarter.
Yuba City 35, Woodland 19 in Woodland – The Wolves (4-1, 0-1 Tri-County Conference) closed to within 14-13 on an Oscar Sanchez 31-yard touchdown run with 5:54 to play in the second quarter, but the Honkers (3-2, 1-0) responded by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and weren’t threatened after that.
Rio Linda 20, River City 10 in Rio Linda – Tyson Ybarra threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah McCoy to open the scoring then added the clinching score for the Knights (4-1, 1-0) on a 26-yard touchdown run with six minutes to play against the Raiders (4-1, 0-1 Tri-County Conference).
Cordova 69, Foothill 36 in Rancho Cordova – Behind quarterback Johnele Sanders and section receiving leader Alvin Banks, the Lancers (3-2, 1-0) overwhelmed the Mustangs (1-4, 0-1). Sanders passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more. Banks had three receiving touchdowns and also ran 50 yards for a score.
Bradshaw Christian 85, San Juan 14 in South Sacramento – The Pride (2-3, 1-0) led 64-14 at the half en route to the Sierra Delta League win over the outmanned Spartans (0-4, 0-1).