No. 4 Jesuit used two early big first-quarter plays then two late fourth-quarter touchdowns to hold off No. 8 Franklin 35-19 in a key Delta League Conference game Friday night at Cosumnes Oaks High School.
Beau Bisharat broke away for a 78-yard touchdown run on the opening drive, then Cole Brownholtz and Isaiah Bailey combined on an 87-yard touchdown pass play to lead 14-0 9:38 in the first quarter.
But Jesuit (7-1, 5-0) couldn’t rest easy until Bailey scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brownholtz with 3:41 to play, followed by a Bisharat 54-yard touchdown run, his third of the game, with 2:33 to go.
Franklin (5-3, 3-2), trailing 21-6, climbed back into the game with two consecutive touchdowns, including Damian Chavez’ brilliant 15-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 21-19 with 10:21 remaining. Chavez broke four tackles but Franklin’s two-point conversion attempt failed.
Jesuit will play host to No. 11 Monterey Trail next Saturday, then will play host to No. 2 Grant Nov. 8 for the Delta League championship.
No. 5 Elk Grove 34, No. 11 Monterey Trail 27 at Elk Grove HS – Eltoro Allen rushed for 140 yards on 12 carries and scored three touchdowns and Manny Scott-Anderson had 93 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns as the Thundering Herd (6-2, 3-2) to defeat the Mustangs (5-3, 2-3) and keep their Delta League title hopes alive. Elk Grove sealed it with a fourth-and-1 stop as time ran out as Scott-Anderson made the tackle.
No. 7 Granite Bay 46, No. 15 Woodcreek 0 in Roseville – Ben Smith rushed for three touchdowns; Justin Yeaton completed touchdown passes of 16 and 19 yards to Tyler Brendel and Brian Graber, respectively; Jake Van Order returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown; and Wes Chock returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown as the Grizzlies (6-2, 3-1) downed the Timberwolves (5-3, 1-3) in the Sierra Foothill League game.
No. 13 Rio Linda 71, Pioneer 14 in Rio Linda – Seth McCoy caught touchdown passes of 59, 51 and 41 yards from Zak Burden and Marcel Brown rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Knights (7-1, 3-1) over the Patriots (2-6, 1-3) in the Tri-County Conference game. Rio Linda led 64-7 and had 556 total yards at the half.
No. 14 Oak Ridge 24, Nevada Union 21 in El Dorado Hills – Kevin Kassis 89-yard punt return for a touchdown helped the Trojans (5-4, 2-3) slip past the Miners (3-6, 0-5) in the Sierra Foothill League game. Mo Nieves had 56 and three-yard touchdown runs for Nevada Union.
No. 18 Cosumnes Oaks 65, Bella Vista 14 in Fair Oaks – Christian McFarland, Sammy Gray and Raphael Lewis returned interceptions for touchdowns and Trevounte Bobo returned a fumble for a score as the Wolfpack (6-2, 5-0) defeated the Broncos (3-5, 2-3) to stay atop the Capital Valley Conference.
Capital Christian 64, Natomas 10 at Capital Christian – Justice Shelton-Mosley rushed for four touchdowns and Le Kayle Johnston added two rushing scores as the Cougars (8-0, 4-0) defeated the Nighthawks (5-3, 2-2) in the Golden Empire League contest.
Yuba City 34, River Valley 25 in Yuba City – Bryant Seaman rushed for four touchdowns and John Horn had a late interception to lead the Honkers over the Falcons in the Tri-County Conference game. The Honkers also win the Mayors Cup between the two Yuba City rivals.
Roseville 58, Whitney 24 in Roseville – Ben Zahniser returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, caught a 20-yard touchdown pass and rushed for a 53-yard score to lead the Tigers (4-4, 3-2) over the Wildcats (1-7, 1-4) in the CVC game.
Antelope 24, Del Campo 14 in Antelope – Casey Burton rushed for an 80-yard touchdown and threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Jaevon Braud to lead the Titans (5-3, 3-2) over the Cougars (5-3, 3-2) in the CVC game.
Union Mine 35, Liberty Ranch 32 in El Dorado – Trevor Reed returned an interception 90 yards for a score; Brody Pearman threw for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown and Austin Rigsby rushed for two scores as the Diamondbacks (5-4, 3-1) held off the Hawks (4-5, 1-3) in the Sierra Valley Conference game.
Editors note: This story was changed Oct. 25 to correct Beau Bisharat’s name.
The Bee’s Joe Davidson contributed to this report.