It was late in the fourth quarter of No. 8 Jesuit’s surprisingly easy stroll against No. 7 Granite Bay early Friday evening when the Marauders’ large rooting section, The Galley Crew, busted loose with a raucous chant that could be heard throughout the neighborhood in the Carmichael-Sacramento area.
“We want Folsom, we want Folsom,” they bellowed as their Marauders rolled to a 28-10 win over the Grizzlies in a season opener.
That meeting with No. 1 Folsom will come soon enough. Jesuit will travel to eastern Sacramento County next Friday in a bid to end the vaunted Bulldogs’ string of 50 consecutive victories over Sac-Joaquin Section teams.
Jesuit got a confidence boost against Granite Bay, the perennial Sierra Foothill League power.
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Senior quarterback Calvin Brownholtz threw two touchdown passes and Isaiah Rutherford and Jason Gallagher each rushed for scores in a game that drew a large crowd to Hanson McClain Advisors Stadium despite the 4:45 p.m. kickoff. Jesuit’s stadium does not have lights.
Granite Bay scored first on Brenden Holt’s 35-yard field goal with 4:35 to play in the first quarter, but 25 seconds later, Brownholtz went over the top to a streaking Jonathan Amadi for a 51-yard touchdown.
Jesuit spent most of the remainder of the game with the ball.
The Marauders moved 65 yards in 14 plays, capped by Brownholtz’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Jayme Thomas, to lead 14-3 at halftime.
The Marauders chewed up most of the third quarter with a 13-play drive before turning the ball over on downs at the Granite Bay 15. But after quickly stopping the Grizzlies, the Marauders extended their lead to 21-3 on Gallagher’s one-yard plunge to open the fourth quarter. That capped a six-play, 69-yard drive highlighted by Lorenzo Burkes’ 43-yard run.
Granite Bay closed to 21-10 with 6:43 remaining on Drew Yeargin’s four-yard touchdown run. It was the Grizzlies’ best drive of the day, engineered primarily by quarterback Steve Trythall, as they went 77 yards in 13 plays. Trythall completed five passes in the drive, including a 28-yarder to Alex Martinez.
But Rutherford returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield, and Jesuit chewed up more time before Rutherford scored on a 14-yard scamper with 3:30 to play.
No. 2 Del Oro 44, St. Paul-Santa Fe Springs 20 in Loomis – Cam Davis rushed for three touchdowns and Stone Smartt rushed for a 13-yard score and threw a seven-yard scoring strike to Justin Pagluica as the defending Division II-AA state champion Golden Eagles opened with an impressive win over the Swordsmen. The teams were whistled for a combined 27 penalties.
No. 10 Oak Ridge 50, No. 11 Vista del Lago 18 in Folsom – Michael Pittman threw three touchdown passes, two to Rhys Kennedy, and rushed for two scores to lead the Trojans over the Eagles. Austin Eastman also had two touchdown catches for Oak Ridge, one from Pittman and the other from Marco Baldacchino. Brent Schaeffer threw a 50-yard pass to Dominick Norris and scored on a one yard run for Vista del Lago.
No. 13 Antelope 28, Nevada Union 21 in Grass Valley – Garrett Chapman scored on a 19-yard run with a little more than two minutes to play to break a 21-21 tie, then Antelope recovered a fumble with 1:51 left. Nevada Union trailed 21-7 at halftime but rallied on a six-yard touchdown pass from Owen Dal Bon to Tyler Nielsen and a three-yard run by Dawson Fay on fourth-and-goal with 5:38 to play. Elijah Dotson rushed for touchdowns of 73 and 11 yards for the Titans.
JSerra 35, No. 14 Sacramento 7 in San Juan Capistrano – Elijah Jefferson’s 62-yard touchdown run highlighted the Lions’ win over the Dragons in Southern California.
No. 15 Franklin 45, McNair 0 in Stockton – Jalen Lampley rushed for touchdowns of 97 and two yards and had a 47-yard touchdown catch, and Zack Upshaw added a 50-yard rushing touchdown as the Wildcats rolled over the Eagles.
No. 16 Whitney 33, Davis 0 in Rocklin – Preston Eklund threw three touchdown passes, Justin Kraft caught two, Jayden Patel booted two field goals, and the Wildcats took advantage of four first-half turnovers to beat the Blue Devils.
No. 17 Del Campo 26, Merced 21 in Fair Oaks – The Cougars led 13-0 entering the fourth quarter before the Bears made a game of it by scoring three touchdowns.
Golden Valley 42, No. 18 Placer 30 in Merced – Michael Stuck threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Kerrigan on the Hillmen’s first play from scrimmage, but it wound up being a long night for Placer.
Orland 23, No. 20 Bear River 18 in Orland – Austin Baze returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown and Bradley Dzioba threw two touchdown passes but it wasn’t enough for as the Bruins against the Trojans.
Pioneer 29, Natomas 18 in Natomas – Chris Irby returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and Alex Rodriguez threw touchdown passes of 67 and four yards to Danny Byrd to lead the Patriots past the Nighthawks.
Cosumnes Oaks 28, River Valley 0 in Elk Grove – Kahlef Hailassie returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown, Nelson Cameron had an 11-yard touchdown run, and the Wolfpack forced four turnovers in topping the Falcons.
Roseville 38, Chico 0 in Roseville – Nick Martig rushed for a touchdown and threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Jimmy Jaggers and six yards to Brendan McMinn to lead the Tigers over the Panthers.
Oakmont 19, El Camino 14 in Roseville – Jake Knapp threw touchdown passes of 74, 33 and three yards to lift the Vikings over the Eagles.
Colfax 42, Golden Sierra 0 in Colfax – Austin Weir threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nick Van Dorn and a 37-yard scoring strike to Garren O’Keefe as the Falcons jumped to a 15-0 first-quarter lead and coasted the rest of the way against the Grizzlies.