As twilight home openers go, Jesuit has a nifty thing going.
A year after breaking in their sparkling new stadium and turf on the Carmichael campus, the Bee-ranked No. 8 Marauders kicked off the season with a late-afternoon opener on Friday against No. 7 Granite Bay, prevailing 28-10 with offensive balance and strong defense.
Calvin Brownholtz had touchdown strikes of 51 yards to Jonathan Amadi and 11 to Jayme Thomas, Isaiah Rutherford and Jason Gallagher each ran for a touchdown, and the defense stymied the Grizzlies in front of a spirited Jesuit rooting section named “The Galley Crew” at Hanson McClain Advisors Stadium.
Jesuit students chanted, “We want Folsom! We want Folsom!” in reference to the top-ranked Bulldogs, who host the Marauders on Friday. Folsom has a 50-game winning streak against Sac-Joaquin Section teams.
No. 2 Del Oro 44, St. Paul-Santa Fe Springs 20 in Loomis – Cam Davis rushed for three touchdowns and had an interception, and Stone Smartt passed for 245 yards and a score and ran for one as the defending CIF Division II-AA state champion Golden Eagles rolled. Mason Hurst had eight receptions for 179 yards for Del Oro, and defensive lineman Israel Luna recovered a fumble in St. Paul’s end zone for a touchdown.
No. 3 Elk Grove 37, No. 4 Inderkum 6 in Natomas – Jalen Brown rushed for 81 yards and two scores, Zion Thomas had 66 and a touchdown, and Jayden Machado found Gavin Reinwald for two touchdown passes as the Thundering Herd rolled past the Tigers. Elk Grove recorded six sacks and held Inderkum to fewer than 20 rushing yards. Leading Elk Grove’s defense were Jake Bellecci, Dylan Eldred, Damario McLean and Reinwald.
No. 5 Grant 21, No. 6 Rocklin 20 in Del Paso Heights – Tyree Marcelle rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and Cam Davis hit Lawrence Hardy for a 13-yard score with 1:38 to go, punctuated by Sox Lee’s winning conversion kick, as the Pacers prevailed on the night the field was named in honor of longtime coach Mike Alberghini.
Alberghini, Grant’s coach since 1991, is 263-51-1 with 25 consecutive playoff berths.
No. 10 Oak Ridge 50, No. 11 Vista del Lago 18 in Folsom – Trailing 12-0 early, the Trojans warmed up and then took off behind three quarterbacks and a second-half shutout. Marco Baldacchino passed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, Parker Barry passed for a score and ran for one, and Michael Pittman rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Brent Schaeffer threw a 50-yard touchdown 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 the Titans recovered a fumble with 1:51 left to seal it. Elijah Dotson rushed for touchdowns of 73 and 11 yards for Antelope.
JSerra-San Juan Capistrano 35, No. 14 Sacramento 7 in San Juan Capistrano – Tariq Hollandsworth rushed for 138 yards and made 10 tackles for Sacramento, and Derek Shelton passed for 225 yards as the Dragons rolled up more than 500 yards but struggled to get into the end zone.
No. 15 Franklin 45, McNair 0 in Stockton – Jalen Lampley rushed for touchdowns of 97 and two yards and caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Nico Regino, who also found Brady Johnson for a touchdown for the Wildcats. Zack Upshaw ran 50 yards for a touchdown, and Kaderro Tamondong had 18 first-half tackles for Franklin.
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. Kraft had 172 yards on 11 receptions, and Willie Brochinni had a touchdown catch and an interception for Whitney.
No. 17 Del Campo 26, Merced 21 in Fair Oaks – Greg Cabral rushed for 385 yards, a school record, and three touchdowns for the Cougars. Del Campo led 19-0 before the Bears made a game of it. Cabral sealed it with a 71-yard touchdown run.
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 big plays fueled the Cougars. Mario Perez rushed for 127 yards and three scores for Placer.
No. 19 Monterey Trail 40, Wilcox-Santa Clara 14 in Sacramento – Robert Holt rushed for 83 yards and three scores, Diego Rodriguez had 16 tackles, and the Mustangs forced four turnovers.
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 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. Natomas’ Tyler King caught a touchdown pass and had two interceptions.
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 scoring run, and the Wolfpack forced four turnovers to top the Falcons.
Roseville 38, Chico 0 in Roseville – Nick Martig rushed for a touchdown and threw scoring passes of 17 yards to Jimmy Jaggers and six yards to Brendan McMinn to lead the Tigers.
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, and Marc Avila rushed for 195 yards and 15 carries and two scores, including a 57-yarder, for the Falcons.