No. 8 Rocklin recovered a fumble by No. 7 Granite Bay at the Thunder’s 3-yard line with seconds left to hold on for a thrilling 27-24 victory Friday night in a key Sierra Foothill League game in Rocklin.
A Scott Henrichs 44-yard field-goal attempt to tie the score moments before for the Grizzlies (5-4, 2-3) hit the crossbar and bounced back into the field. But a Rocklin (6-3, 3-2) penalty gave the Grizzlies new life.
Sam Cusano’s 21-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run had cut Rocklin’s lead to 27-24, then Grizzlies defensive end Jared Baer forced a Thunder fumble at midfield to set up the Grizzlies’ last dramatic possession.
William Floyd threw three touchdown passes for Rocklin.
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No. 2 Elk Grove 35, No. 10 Franklin 0 at Cosumnes Oaks High School – Ryan Robards rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries, and Jayden Machado passed for 108 yards as the Thundering Herd (9-0, 6-0) piled up 418 yards to beat the Wildcats (5-4, 3-3) and clinch at least a share of the Delta League championship. Robards entered the game No. 5 in the state in points, averaging 24.3 per game.
No. 4 Grant 73, Davis 35 in Davis – The Pacers (8-1, 5-1) trailed 14-0 against the Blue Devils (3-6, 1-5), then took off as Deshawn Collins rushed for 372 yards and six touchdowns on 21 carries while Mike Green ran for 107 yards and three scores in the Delta League game. Grant can only tie for the Delta League championship if it beats Jesuit in a regular-season finale next week and Elk Grove loses to Sheldon.
No. 6 Antelope 40, Bella Vista 14 in Fair Oaks – Elijah Dotson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and caught a touchdown pass, and Isaiah Hardy ran for a touchdown and returned an interception 53 yards for a score as the Titans (9-0, 6-0) beat the Broncos (4-5, 2-4) to claim at least a share of the Capital Valley Conference title.
No. 9 Placer 49, Lincoln 7 in Auburn – Owen Scott scored five touchdowns, including an 82-yard strike from quarterback Marcus Ante, as the Hillmen (9-0, 4-0)routed the Fighting Zebras (5-4, 2-2) for their fourth consecutive Pioneer Valley League title. Ante also had a 53-yard touchdown pass to Derek Haney, and Jared Halbert had a 53-yard touchdown run for Placer. Lincoln entered the game fifth in the section with 406 points.
No. 13 Del Campo 39, Oakmont 13 in Fair Oaks – Ben Purcell threw four touchdown passes, including a 77-yarder to Ray Griffin, to lead the Cougars (7-2, 5-1) past the Vikings (2-7, 0-6) in a Capital Valley Conference contest.
No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks 35, No. 14 Whitney 32 in Rocklin – Dante Davis rushed for two touchdowns and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Maurice Hayden Jr., who threw for three touchdowns, as the Wolfpack (6-3, 4-2) held off the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2) in a Capital Valley Conference Contest. Hunter Rodrigues threw two touchdown passes to Justin Kraft and ran for a touchdown for Whitney.
Center 27, No. 15 Bear River 21 in Antelope – The Cougars (5-4, 1-3) forced a turnover with 3:39 to play, then scored a touchdown and made a two-point conversion with 1:06 to play to stun the Bruins (7-2, 2-2) in a Pioneer Valley League contest. Beau Baggert rushed for two touchdowns, and Jon Good returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown for Bear River, which has lost two in a row.
No. 17 River Valley 68, River City 7 in Yuba City – Dante Love rushed for five touchdowns, including a 62-yarder, Avery Gould and JoJo Penn combined for two scores, and Clarence Pierson had a 50-yard touchdown run as the Falcons (8-2, 5-1) rolled over the Raiders (1-8, 0-5) in a Tri-County Conference game and will get an extra week to prepare for the playoffs.
Monterey Trail 28, No. 18 Jesuit 3 at Monterey Trail HS – Robert Holt rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 59 yards and two scores to lead the Mustangs (4-5, 2-4) over the Marauders (5-4, 3-3) in a Delta League game and keep their playoff hopes life. Holt ran eight yards for a score and had a 19-yard run that capped a 99-yard, 10-play drive to open the second half. He also threw a 16-yard scoring strike to Azlan Lopez and 10 yards to Bishop Brown on Monterey Trail’s senior night. Monterey Trail had 19 first downs and 280 total yards and possessed the ball for nearly 30 minutes.
No. 19 Christian Brothers 55, Casa Roble 13 in Orangevale – Senior quarterback Braeden Bourke, The Bee’s Player of the Week this past week, threw six touchdown passes, including four to Malcolm Anderson, as the Falcons (8-1, 4-0) beat the Rams (2-7, 1-3) in a Capital Athletic League game. Jamarri Jackson scored two touchdowns, one on an 85-yard pass reception, and Carlos Stahl had a 75-yard rushing touchdown for Christian Brothers.
No. 20 Capital Christian 62, Mesa Verde 3 in Rosemont – DeMarcus Ross scored four touchdowns, including a 63-yard scoring strike from Jacob Norville and a 35-yard interception return, as the Cougars (9-0, 5-0) rolled to a win over the Mavericks (3-6, 2-3) in the Golden Empire League.
Pleasant Grove 35, Sheldon 14 at Sheldon HS – Dawson Weber had three touchdown catches and two interceptions, and Darren Chism rushed for 18- and 11-yard scores as the Eagles (5-4, 4-2) topped the Huskies (2-7, 0-6) in a Delta League contest. Nathan Berry threw two touchdown passes for Sheldon.
Natomas 40, Lindhurst 14 in Olivehurst – Adrian Leyva and Langdon Echols combined for two touchdown passes, Terence Witherspoon rushed for a 72-yard touchdown, and Carl Dixon and DeAlize Chapple returned fumbles for touchdowns as the Nighthawks (5-4, 2-3) beat the Blazers (4-5, 1-4) in a Golden Empire League contest.
Foothill 56, Colfax 33 in Colfax – DeMariea Woodard had touchdown runs of 77, 60 and 49 yards, and Vernon Robertson rushed for three scores, including 55- and 54-yarders, as the Mustangs (3-6, 2-2) used a slew of big plays to defeat the Falcons (3-6, 1-3) in a Pioneer Valley League game. Austin Weir had three touchdown passes for Colfax.
Del Oro 24, Woodcreek 7 in Roseville – Stone Smartt threw for three touchdowns, including two to Trey Udoffia, and Bryan Willhide booted a 27-yard field goal to lead the Golden Eagles (3-6, 2-3) over the Timberwolves (5-4, 1-4) in a Sierra Foothill League contest. One Smartt-to-Udoffia pass play went for 84 yards.
Woodland 21, Pioneer 13 at Woodland HS – Quarterback John Treat and Oscar Sanchez rushed for touchdowns and combined for a 20-yard scoring strike to lead the Wolves (3-6, 2-3) over the Patriots (3-6, 2-3) in a Tri-County Conference game. Elijah Fields rushed for an eight-yard score, and Geral Chavez booted two field goals for Pioneer.
Delta 20, Woodland Christian 18 in Woodland – The Saints (3-6, 1-1) scored a touchdown and made the two-point conversion with 50 seconds to play, then the Cardinals (6-3, 2-1) missed a field goal with four seconds to go in Delta’s thrilling Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League upset.
Kennedy 67, Florin 0 in Greenhaven – Sean Allison completed 11 of 15 passes for 201 yards and five touchdowns, including two to Devon Thompson; Thunder Hatch-Williams returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown; and Terrell Barron Jr. had four sacks and 10 tackles to lead the Cougars (8-1, 5-1) over the Panthers (2-7, 1-5) in the Metro League game.
Roseville 56, Ponderosa 21 in Roseville – Ben Zahniser, Jay Razzano and Owen Carrel each accounted for two touchdowns in leading the Tigers (4-5, 2-4) over the Bruins (2-7, 1-5) in the Capital Valley Conference game.
Liberty Ranch 20, Rosemont 12in Rosemont – Trailing 13-0 at the half, Xavier Mitchell Cook threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Maxwell Kee and a 40-yard strike to Malachi Pearson-Bobbit but it was enough for the Wolverines (5-4, 2-2) to catch the Hawks (5-4, 4-0) in the Sierra Valley Conference game.
Bradshaw Christian 49, Highlands 28in North Highlands – Gerrett Robbins rushed for touchdowns of 65, 15 and five yards and Jared Kanipe had a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown as the Pride (7-2, 5-0) topped the Scots (5-4, 2-3) in the Sierra Delta League game. Isaiah Tennette rushed for three touchdowns and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass and two two-point conversions to Anthony Vang.