On the anniversary of 9/11, the national anthem had extra meaning for regional high school football programs on Friday night, be it in the city, in the foothills, in Elk Grove or Placer County.
This included a moving 21-gun salute at halftime of the Bellarmine-Del Oro game in Loomis in the Honor Bowl as event coordinator Mark Soto acknowledged the efforts and sacrifice of military personnel and first-responders, young and old, active and retired.
A closer look at Friday action:
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, 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 as the Bulldogs extended their state-leading regular-season winning streak to 35, dating to 2011.
Bellarmine 34, Del Oro 31 in Loomis – Troy Martig ran for three touchdowns and won it with a 29-yard touchdown strike to Devon Buenrostro with 33.7 seconds remaining to power Bells of San Jose. Trey Udoffia caught two long touchdown passes, one each from Stone Smartt and Mason Hurst, as Del Oro lost another crusher. The Golden Eagles lost to Hawaii powerhouse Punahou in the final seconds last week at Cal.
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 as the first half ran out, and he intercepted a pass 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. 19 Whitney 28, No. 5 Rocklin 20 in Rocklin – Hunter Rodrigues passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns, two to Devin Brocchini, as the Wildcats (2-1) doubled their victory total from last season in winning the Quarry Bowl for the first time since 2011. Evan Michalet passed for 194 yards for Rocklin (2-1) and hit Wesley Preece for two scores.
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 for the Trojans (3-0). Nate Otto rushed for two scores and Luke Goins had two interceptions to thwart 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 (1-2). 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. 14 Sacramento 42, Vista del Lago 28 in Oak Park – Caden Voges passed for 426 yards and six touchdowns Saturday, hitting Elijah Trosclaire seven times for 187 yards and three scores and Da Von Owens for nine, 119 and two.
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). Cosumnes Oaks was stalled on a late scoring drive last week in a loss to Granite Bay.
River Valley 55, No. 18 Roseville 43 in Roseville – Clarence Pierson rushed for three touchdowns and had an interception; Dante’ Love rushed for two 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 for 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 – Matt 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). Anthony Mahr rushed for 127 yards and a score for Woodcreek.
Union Mine 40, Casa Roble 20 in Orangevale – Austin Rigsby rushed for two touchdowns and Justin Beckham a punt 30 yards for a touchdown to lead the Diamondbacks (2-1) over the Rams (1-2)
Davis 13, Vintage 6 in Napa – Jack Beckman hit Glen Welch for a 28-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring, and backup quarterback John Lagatutta hit Tucker Fisk with a five-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.
Tenette last week 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 threw five touchdown passes, including four to Chris Volek, for the Cougars (2-1).
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).
Monterey Trail 75, Florin 0 at Monterey Trail – Robert Holt completed all three of his passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns, all to Bishop Brown, and Sam Williams and Tyson Ross combined for 24 tackles in the most lopsided game of the rivalry series between the Elk Grove Unified School District schools.
Aztlan Lopez had 10 tackles, a sack, a blocked punt, a fumble return for a score and a rushing touchdown for Monterey Trail (2-1).
McClatchy 26, Cordova 24 at Hughes Stadium – Alyas Kirkland rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns, and the Lions ran out the clock late to snap an eight-year, 22-game nonleague losing streak. McClatchy is 2-1.