Quarterback Anthony Sweeney rushed for 80 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and threw for 120 yards and a touchdown; Antoine Custer rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries; and Andrew Hernandez rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown on eight carries as De La Salle rolled to a 41-3 win over Del Oro in a nonleague football game Friday night in Concord.
The Spartans (7-1) forced two turnovers and had five sacks and limited Del Oro (2-6) to 167 yards, 32 in the second half as they won their seventh consecutive game. Stone Smartt completed 14 of 23 passes for 132 yards and had an interception while Mason Hurst caught seven passes for 72 yards for Del Oro, which was held to 35 rushing yards on 31 attempts by the Spartans’ renowned defense.
The Golden Eagles stopped De La Salle on downs on its first drive and went 67 yards in 10 plays to take a 3-0 lead on Bryan Willhide’s 33-yard field goal with 4:30 to play in the first quarter. But Custer, Hernandez and Sweeney rushed for touchdowns as the Spartans took a 21-3 halftime lead. Willhide missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt that hit the cross bar just before halftime.
De La Salle, which hasn’t lost to a Northern California team since 1991, is now 11-0 against Sacramento-area teams and 7-0 since 2012, including wins over Folsom, Jesuit and, earlier this season, Granite Bay. The Spartans are 28-0 against Sac-Joaquin Section teams.
Del Oro, which lost 52-0 to De La Salle last season in Loomis, has a tradition of playing a high-powered schedule. The Golden Eagles lost earlier this season to Hawaiian power Punahou of Honolulu 22-15 at Cal and 34-31 to state No. 18 Bellarmine of San Jose in Loomis. Del Oro also has lost to Folsom, Rocklin and Oak Ridge in Sierra Foothill League play.
De La Salle, one of the nation’s most famed prep programs, is ranked No. 8 nationally, No. 3 in California and No. 1 in Northern California by MaxPreps.com. The Spartans’ only loss was 26-21 to USA Today No. 10 Trinity of Euless, Texas, in the season opener Aug. 29.
Should the Spartans win their 25th consecutive North Coast Section championship, they will earn a sixth CIF Sate Open Division Bowl bid, which is being held this year at Sacramento State.
In other games:
No. 1 Folsom 28, No. 8 Rocklin 14 in Folsom – Jake Jeffrey passed for two touchdowns and ran for one as the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0) defeated the Thunder (5-3, 2-3) in the Sierra Foothill League game on Thursday to extend two streaks. Folsom has won a state-leading 24 consecutive games and 39 in a row in regular-season play, dating to 2011. Drake Stallworth had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown to open the scoring, and Jeffrey hit Tre Green for a 29-yard touchdown and Keoni Zagata-Vera from 10 yards. Stallworth had two interceptions. Evyn Holz had touchdown runs of 22 and four yards for Rocklin.
No. 2 Elk Grove 31, Monterey Trail 20 at Monterey Trail – Ryan Robards rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, and caught a 55-yard scoring pass from Jayden Machado as the Thundering Herd (8-0, 5-0) beat the Mustangs (3-5, 1-4) in Delta League play to inch closer to the championship. Robards also boomed a 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half. The multi-talented Robards came into the came as the state’s No. 2 scorer with 179 points on 28 touchdowns and three field goals.
No. 3 Oak Ridge 38, Nevada Union 7 in Grass Valley – Ian Book threw touchdown passes of 53, 38 and 34 yards – all to Kevin Kassis – and Rhys Kennedy rushed for two touchdowns, including a 53-yarder, to lead the Trojans (8-1, 5-0) over the Miners (1-8, 0-5) in the Sierra Foothill League contest. The Trojans’ win sets up next Friday’s battle at Folsom for the league championship.
No. 4 Grant 21, Sheldon 20 in Del Paso Heights – On a night that the Rutherford Stadium field was named after famed, long-time coach Mike Alberghini, it took a blocked attempt of a 35-yard field goal with 13 seconds left for the Pacers (7-1, 4-1) to survive the upset-minded Huskies (2-6, 0-5) in Delta League play. David Moala, a standout linebacker, blocked the kick, sending the Pacers into celebration mode. Deshawn Collins rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and Mike Green had 160 yards on 17 carries. Grant’s only loss is to Elk Grove.
No. 7 Granite Bay 28, Woodcreek 21 in Granite Bay – Christian Fisher scored on an eight-yard run with five minutes to play and the Grizzlies (5-3, 2-2) held the Timberwolves (5-3, 1-3) on downs on the Granite Bay 23 to prevail in the Sierra Foothill League contest. Fisher also scored on a five-yard run and Kyle Kraft threw a pair of touchdown passes to Scott Henrichs.
No. 14 Whitney 24, Roseville 14 in Rocklin – Josh Daniels, subbing for injured starting quarterback Hunter Rodrigues, threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Brandon McCarter and rushed for an eight-yard score to lead the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1) over the Tigers (3-5, 1-4). Nick Enriguez had a 99-yard kickoff return for Roseville.
No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks 70, Bella Vista 8 in Elk Grove – Maurice Hayden completed 6 of 10 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and Dante Davis rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Wolfpack (5-3, 3-2) crushed the Broncos (4-4, 2-3) in the Capital Valley Conference game.
No. 17 River Valley 31, Yuba City 29 in Yuba City – Kyle Williams hit a 28-yard field goal with 1:26 left as the Falcons (7-2, 4-1) held off the upset-minded Honkers (3-6, 3-2) in the annual Mayors Cup rivalry. Clarence Pierson scored four touchdowns for the Falcons, including a juggling 64-yard touchdown catch from Avery Gould with 8:27 to play. But Yuba City took a 29-28 lead in the Tri-County Conference game when Bailey Elkins threw a 34-yard pass to Maddox Bebout and the Honkers made the two-point conversion with 5:33 to play. Elkins also had a 19-yard touchdown run and Brenndon Schafer-Shalowitz rushed for two touchdowns for the Honkers.
No. 19 Christian Brothers 27, El Camino 7 at Hughes Stadium – Braeden Bourke threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to David Simmons and 12 yards to Drue Goncalves and also rushed for a six-yard score, and Jammari Jackson rushed for a 38-yard score as the Falcons (7-1, 3-0) topped the Eagles (5-3, 2-1) in the Capital Athletic League contest. Antoine Fleming returned a kickoff 81 yards for a score for El Camino.
No. 20 Capital Christian 55, Natomas 6 in Natomas – Tino Hutchins rushed for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass; DeMarcus Ross returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 85 yards for a score, and Julian Leslie returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score to lead the Cougars (8-0, 4-0) past the Nighthawks (4-4, 1-3) in the Golden Empire League contest. Adrian Leyva threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Strickland for Natomas. It was the first points allowed by Capital Christian in four league games in which they now have outscored their opponents 239-6.
Pleasant Grove 34, Davis 29 at Sheldon – Darren Chism scored on a four-yard run with 48 seconds to play, then the Eagles (4-4, 3-2) intercepted a pass by the Blue Devils (3-5, 1-4) with 16 seconds to play to prevail in the Delta League game. The Blue Devils, trailing 28-15, rallied to take a 29-28 lead on John Lagattuta’s 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tucker Fisk with 8:41 to play. Lagattuta also ran for a one-yard touchdown and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jack Hoal. Bobby Singh returned a kickoff 90 yards for a first-quarter touchdown for Pleasant Grove.
Rosemont 50, Galt 22 in Rosemont – Xavier Mitchell-Cook threw three touchdown passes, including an 85-yarder to Zach Lovato, and Gabriel Pridgen-Daniels had a 70-yard run as the Wolverines (5-3, 2-1) topped the Warriors (3-5, 0-3) in the Sierra Valley Conference game.
Pioneer 20, Rio Linda 16 in Woodland – Elijah Fields threw a 27-yard scoring strike to Danny Byrd with 1:19 left to rally the Patriots (3-5, 2-2) past the Knights (1-7, 1-3) in the Tri-County Conference game. Fields also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Vidales in the first half and scored on a 13-yard run that cut the Knights’ lead to 16-14 with 9:05 to play.
Woodland 27, River City 14 in West Sacramento – Garrick Smigelski had two interceptions in the final 1:17, returning one for a touchdown; John Treat threw two touchdown passes, including an 82-yard strike to Truman Linney as the Wolves (2-6, 1-3) defeated the Raiders (1-7, 0-4) in the Tri-County Conference game. Christian Trice also scored two touchdowns, one on a 45-yard run.
Vista del Lago 56, Rio Americano 0 in Folsom – Brent Schaeffer threw three touchdown passes and rushed for a score and Adam King returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a score as the Eagles (6-2, 3-0) rolled over the Raiders (0-8, 0-3) in the Capital Athletic League contest.
Liberty Ranch 35, Union Mine 21 in Galt – Rick Van Houten and Devin Hardaway combined for scoring pass plays of 65 and 41 yards; Kamil Jones rushed for touchdowns of 44 and 13 yards; and Saul Lomeli returned a fumble recovery 37 yards for a touchdown to lead the Hawks (4-4, 3-0) over the Dimondbacks (5-3, 2-1) in the Sierra Valley Conference battle for first place. Cameron Cathey had a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown for Union Mine.
Colfax 42, Center 35 in Antelope – Lukas Rineer’s one-yard plunge with 23 seconds left broke a 35-35 tie and Jakob Nored’s sack on the game’s final play lifted the Falcons (3-5, 1-2) over the Cougars (4-4, 0-3) in the Pioneer Valley League game. Rineer also had a 40-yard touchdown run for the Falcons.
Golden Sierra 43, Highlands 34 in North Highlands – Despite another brilliant night by quarterback Isaiah Tennette, the Scots couldn't catch the Grizzlies in the key Sierra Delta League contest. Tennette threw a pair of touchdown passes and also rushed for touchdowns of 60 and 75 yards, the latter cutting Golden Sierra's lead to 36-34 early in the fourth quarter. But the Scots' two-point conversion attempt failed. Chris Mejia had a pair of 40-yard touchdown runs in the second half for Golden Sierra. Tennette came into the game ranked No. 4 in California in total yards (2,656) and No. 5 in scoring (170 points).
Kennedy 28, Laguna Creek 6 in Greenhaven – Seth Patterson rushed for two touchdowns, Terrell Barron Jr. for one and Sean Allison threw a touchdown pass to Xavier Alba as the Cougars (7-1, 4-1) topped the Cardinals (3-5, 2-3) in the Metro Conference game.