In a season of offensive fireworks, the defenses stood tall Friday night at Folsom’s Prairie City Stadium.
No. 2 Folsom High School made just enough stops, and No. 3 Oak Ridge couldn’t convert a late two-point conversion attempt and couldn’t cash in on a recovered onside kick as the Bulldogs prevailed 17-16 to win the Sierra Foothill League championship.
Folsom, a program big on streaks, is 18-0 in SFL play since being realigned to that powerhouse football league before the 2014 season. The Bulldogs now seek a Sac-Joaquin Section five-peat.
Joe Curry passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, Davin Simmons rushed for 121 yards, Eric Davis and Brad Jenner caught scoring passes, and Troy Calderara made a 35-yard field goal for Folsom.
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No. 1 Sacramento 54, McClatchy 10 at Rio Linda – Tariq Hollandsworth rushed for three touchdowns, and Derek Shelton passed for two scores as the Dragons routed the rival Lions in the annual Bell Game to close the Metropolitan Conference schedule. Sacramento’s DaVon Owens returned a punt for a touchdown and had a scoring catch.
No. 4 Elk Grove 35, No. 5 Sheldon 0 at Sheldon – Jayden Machado completed 19 of 22 attempts for 313 yards and four touchdowns, three to Gavin Reinwald, and scored on a 1-yard plunge to power the Thundering Herd to their 17th Delta League championship since 1989. Elk Grove’s defense, headed by Jake Bellecci, held Sheldon to 48 yards in the first half, when the Herd led 28-0.
No. 6 Antelope 42, No. 14 Whitney 21 in Rocklin – Elijah Dotson rushed for touchdowns of 75, 15 and 2 yards, Devin Dye ran for two scores, and Brandon Sanders returned a kickoff 50 yards for a score as the Titans repeated as Capital Valley Conference champions and posted their second consecutive 10-0 regular season.
No. 7 Del Oro 48, Woodcreek 14 in Loomis – Stone Smartt passed for three touchdowns and rushed 21 yards for a score, and Dalton Gee rushed for an 84-yard touchdown and caught a 20-yard scoring pass to lead the Eagles to an SFL win that eliminated the Timberwolves from the playoff picture. The Golden Eagles are the defending section Division II and CIF State champions.
18-0 Folsom’s Sierra Foothill League record dating to 2014
No. 10 Roseville 41, Oakmont 21 at Roseville – Brendan McMinn and Jay Razzano rushed for two touchdowns each, Nick Martig threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Josh Clark, and Hayden Simpson returned a fumble 43 yards for a score as the Tigers wrapped up second place in the CVC.
No. 12 Christian Brothers 74, No. 11 Vista del Lago 32 at Hughes Stadium – Tyler Vander Waal passed for a school-record 484 yards and five touchdowns, including two each to Jamarri Jackson and Matt Marengo, and the Falcons stormed back from a 34-19 first-quarter deficit to win the Capital Athletic League title. The previous two seasons, Christian Brothers lost the CAL crown in Week 10 games to the Eagles. Marengo had 240 receiving yards, and Jackson returned one of the Falcons’ four interceptions for a score and ran for a touchdown.
No. 13 Cosumnes Oaks 59, Ponderosa 35 in Shingle Springs – Austin Greer threw for 313 yards and three scores, two to Kahlef Hailassie, and ran for a touchdown as the Wolfpack rolled to a CVC win. Jacob Trach had a 61-yard touchdown run, and Pierre Scott returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown for Cosumnes Oaks, which returned to the Division I playoffs.
No. 16 Davis 28, No. 17 Monterey Trail 27 at Monterey Trail – Ish Perez, who missed the previous three games with a strained knee, turned a screen pass from John Lagattuta into a 32-yard sprint for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:30 remaining as the Blue Devils secured the Delta League win and just their third playoff berth in 17 seasons. After the Mustangs closed within 28-27 on Zach Larrier’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Robert Holt with three minutes left, Davis stopped Holt’s two-point conversion run. Ethan Iacono added a 59-yard touchdown run for the Blue Devils.
No. 18 Capital Christian 66, Mesa Verde 0 in Citrus Heights – Jacob Norville completed 5 of 5 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns, and D’Marcus Ross rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and had an interception as the Cougars won the Golden Empire League championship and loom as a favorite in the D-V playoffs. Christian Simmons had 10 tackles, a sack and scored two touchdowns, and Sean Goings recovered two fumbles for Capital Christian.
Lincoln 48, No. 19 Placer 34 in Lincoln – Ryan Graham rushed for four touchdowns, including bursts of 61 and 66 yards, and the Fighting Zebras finished as Pioneer Valley League co-champions with the Hillmen. Morgan Rein-Robinson scored three touchdowns for Placer.
No. 20 Bradshaw Christian 42, Highlands 7 in South Sacramento – The 10-0 Pride celebrated its inclusion in The Sacramento Bee’s Top 20 by rolling past the Scots to take the Sierra Delta League title.
Del Campo 69, Bella Vista 0 at Del Campo – David Joseph opened the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Dimino as the Cougars opened a 49-0 first-half lead in the CVC game. Dimino also threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Bice. Del Campo’s Greg Cabral rushed for 141 yards and has 2,001 for the season.
Colfax 41, Foothill 8 in Foothill Farms – Mason Ahrens returned an interception 35 yards for a score to help the Falcons to the Pioneer Valley League win.
17 Elk Grove’s Delta League titles since 1989
Marysville 62, West Campus 6 in Marysville – Chase Tarr passed for four touchdowns, one each to Jase Weckman, Devin Edwards, Gary Cooper and Noah Childers, Leonardo Mendoza returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and Taryn Dolan and Andrew Hoang ran for touchdowns of 55 and 40 yards, respectively, to lead the Indians to a Golden Empire League win.
Woodland 36, Pioneer 7 in Woodland – Christian Stice threw touchdown passes to Anthony Jimenez and Diego Villanueva, A.T. Triana rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, and Oscar Sanchez had a 66-yard touchdown run as the Wolves prevailed in the Tri-County Conference game.
Sutter 42, Wheatland 0 in Wheatland – Tyler Reynolds threw scoring passes of 65 yards to Cason Reyes and 2 yards to Trever Facey and ran for a 16-yard score as the Huskies rolled to the Butte View League title to cap a 10-0 regular season. Facey added a 55-yard touchdown run, Drew Simard scored on an 80-yard run, and Bryce Kunkle had a 20-yard touchdown run.
East Nicolaus 36, Durham 3 in Durham – S.J. Brown rushed for a 15-yard touchdown and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Morse and a 5-yard scoring strike to Corey Taylor as the Spartans completed a 10-0 regular season that included the Mid-Valley League championship.
Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD. The Bee’s Bill Paterson contributed to this report.