The show went on for most area high school football teams Friday night despite smokey skies and searing heat that reached 101 degrees in the late afternoon.
But three of The Bee’s ranked teams canceled games because of of poor air quality related to the Butte fire which has burned more than 64,000 acres in Amador and Calaveras counties and extreme heat farther down the Central Valley.
No. 2 Grant was en route to Fresno to play Bullard, which is ranked No. 2 by The Fresno Bee, when Bullard officials contacted Pacers defensive coordinator and athletic director Carl Reed and urged postponement of the game because of poor air quality exacerbated by high temperatures.
The game has been moved to Saturday night at Grant’s Rutherford Stadium because Reed said there would be no busing available through the Twin Rivers Unified School District.
No. 17 Bear River canceled its home game in Lake of the Pines against Argonaut of Jackson because of poor air quality caused by the Butte fire. The JV and varsity games have been rescheduled to Monday.
No. 20 Capital Christian’s game against Amador High in Sutter Creek also was pushed back to Monday at Capital Christian.
Some Amador players had to evacuate their homes Thursday and by late Friday, fire officials said that the fast-moving and elusive fire, with flames reaching as high as 30 feet, had burned six homes and was threatening thousands more. Ticket and snack bar revenue will be donated to Amador families needing relief, Capital Christian coach Phil Grams said.
The heat even impacted Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week coverage.
Station officials on Thursday decided to cancel coverage of Friday’s No. 6 Oak Ridge at No. 13 Burbank game, which was played as scheduled.
“The prediction of 109-degree weather triggers health concerns for all people, including for television crew members who set up equipment in the sun during the afternoon leading into the live 7 p.m. broadcast,” wrote executive director Gary Martin in an email.
No. 1 Folsom 54, Pleasant Grove 14 in Folsom – Jake Jeffrey completed 22 of 28 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns, hitting eight different receivers total, and Roger Neal rushed for 56 yards and two scores to lead the Bulldogs (3-0) over the Eagles (1-2). Christian Huber caught 11 passes for 168 yards and three scores and Ariel Ngata had three catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 4 Elk Grove 41, Lincoln 14 in Stockton – Ryan Robards rushed for 278 yards and four touchdowns, had two field goals, including a school-record 51-yarder, and also intercepted a pass to lead to lead the Thundering Herd (2-0) past the Trojans (1-2). Jayden Machado passed for 136 yards and two scores for Elk Grove.
No. 6 Oak Ridge 56, No. 13 Burbank 28 at Burbank – Ian Book threw three touchdown passes, including two to Kevin Kassis, and rushed for a 75-yard touchdown; Nate Otto rushed for two scores and Luke Goins had two interceptions to lead the Trojans (3-0) over the Titans (0-2).
No. 7 Inderkum 43, American Canyon 6 at American Canyon – Jimmie Johnson returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, Derrick Henderson and Raekwon Turner each scored twice and the defense dominated for the Tigers (3-0).
No. 8 Antelope 42, Laguna Creek 7 at Cosumnes River College – Montel Aaron completed 17 of 20 passes for 223 yards and five touchdowns – two to tight end Ryan McCombs – as the Titans (3-0) downed the Cardinals (0-2). Titans reserve quarterback Nick Spagnola had a 13-yard touchdown pass.
No. 10 Franklin 35, Casa Grande-Petaluma 7 in Elk Grove—Jacob Lopez passed for 191 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense of the Wildcats (2-1) dominated after getting blasted 42-0 at Bellarmine of San Jose last week.
No. 12 Placer 41, Damonte Ranch-Reno 26 in Auburn – Jared Halbert rushed for three touchdowns, Owen Scott caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Ante and rushed for a touchdown; and Waylen Cozad had a 90-yard touchdown burst to lead the Hillmen (3-0) over the Nevada visitors.
No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks 50, Rio Linda 8 in Rio Linda –Dante Davis rushed for 149 yards and scored touchdowns of 84, 37 and one yards; Cameron Nelson had three rushing touchdowns; and Maurice Hayden Jr. completed a 50 yard-scoring strike to Wesley Bennett as the Wolfpack (2-1) rolled over the Knights (0-3).
River Valley 55, No. 18 Roseville 43 in Roseville – Clarence Pierson rushed for three touchdowns and had an interception; Dante’ Love rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Avery Gould threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Williams as the Falcons (3-0) held off the Tigers (2-1) in a battle of unbeatens. Roseville trailed 42-13 with 6:30 to go in the third before closing to within 48-43 with four minutes to go.
Natomas 61, Mira Loma 17 in Natomas – Adrian Leyva threw three touchdown passes, two to Keyshawn Strickland; and Xavier Archie and Terence Witherspoon each rushed two scores to lead the Nighthawks (3-0) past the Matadors (0-3).
Del Campo 49, Rosemont 0 at Rosemont – Ben Purcell threw four touchdown passes – three to Manny Valcarel – and also rushed for a score to lead the Cougars (2-1) over the Wolverines (2-1).
Woodcreek 44, Oakmont 7 at Woodcreek – Matthew Miller threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Davion Andrews and ran for a 23-yard touchdown and Tyler England had touchdown runs of 30 and seven yards as the Timberwolves (3-0) beat the Vikings (1-1).
Union Mine 40, Casa Roble 20 in Orangevale – Austin Rigsby rushed for two touchdowns and Justin Beckham returned a 30-yard punt return for a touchdown to lead the Diamondbacks (2-1) over the Rams (1-2)
Davis 13, Vintage 6 in Napa – Jack Beckman hit Glenn Welch for a 28-yard touchdown to open the scoring and backup quarterback John Lagattuta hit Tucker Fisk with a 5-yard touchdown pass as time ran out in the first half for the Blue Devils (1-1). Beckman was sidelined with an arm injury.
Dixon 28, Colfax 14 in Colfax – D’Lornn McMullen accounted for all four touchdowns, including one on an 85-yard punt return, to lead the Rams (2-1) past the Falcons (1-2).
Marysville 48, Gridley 17 in Gridley – Chase Tarr rushed for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown and had an interception to lead the Indians (3-0) to a road win over the Bulldogs (0-2). Angel Santana had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 33-yard field goal for Gridley.
Kennedy 55, Highlands 30 in North Highlands – Seth Patterson rushed for four touchdowns and Avery Runner caught a 55-yard touchdown pass as the Cougars (2-0) topped the Scots (2-1). Isaiah Tenette of Highlands accounted for four touchdowns, two on runs of 75 and 50 yards and two on passes of 50 and 20 yards to Anthony Vang.
Last week Tenette set a rushing record for quarterbacks by gaining 465 yards in an 84-43 win over Mira Loma. Tenette’s rushing total also was the highest in regional history.
El Dorado 50, Rio Americano 13 at Del Campo - Aaron Golmitz hit Chris Volek for four touchdown passes and a two-point conversion for the Cougars.
Lincoln 42, Nevada Union 35 in Grass Valley – Elijah Garcia scored on a quarterback keeper and Elijah Cunningham had a 32-yard touchdown run as the Fighting Zebras (2-1) rallied from a 35-28 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Miners (0-3).