It was going to take a monstrous effort by a winless team to topple No. 2 Elk Grove on Friday night in Yolo County, and monstrous was the theme of the night in one of the biggest upsets in regional regular-season history in a season suddenly defined by them.
John Lagattuta had first-half touchdown passes to Tucker Fisk and Will Smith, and Chris Johnson drilled a 30-yard field goal with no time left as Davis High School stunned the Thundering Herd 16-14 in a Delta League opener in Davis.
Johnson’s winning field goal was on his second kick attempt. He missed the first, but Elk Grove was penalized for roughing the kicker.
The winning kick set off a wild celebration for Davis players and fans after the Blue Devils led 13-0 through three quarters.
The Blue Devils (1-3, 1-0) had lost 33-0 to Whitney, 31-21 to Woodcreek and 25-22 to Vintage, and they had absorbed some brutal setbacks to Elk Grove (3-1, 0-1) in recent years.
No. 1 Del Oro 42, No. 17 Granite Bay 21 in Granite Bay – Stone Smartt threw for 257 yards and touchdowns of 53 and 30 yards to Mason Hurst and 55 yards to Matthew Kruger and also rushed for a 3-yard score, and Cam Davis had a 52-yard touchdown run as the Golden Eagles (5-0, 1-0) topped the Grizzlies (1-4, 0-1) in the Sierra Foothill League opener. Christopher Osby had a 75-yard touchdown run, and Evan Tattersall had 3- and 1-yard touchdown runs for Granite Bay. Zach Grable and Ahmad Thomas had interceptions for Granite Bay.
No. 3 Grant 56, No. 9 Franklin 0 in Del Paso Heights – Cam Davis completed 8 of 14 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns, hitting Lawrence Hardy three times for touchdown strikes of 69, 66 and 75 yards as the Pacers (4-0, 1-0) rolled the Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) in the Delta League. Hardy also had an interception.
No. 4 Rocklin 48, Nevada Union 35 in Grass Valley – Brenden Rakela rushed for four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder, and sophomore Cade Wyant threw touchdown passes of 80 yards to Brandon D’Arpa and 36 yards to Garet Ruffner to enable the Thunder (4-1, 1-0) to pull away from the Miners (2-3, 0-1) in the Sierra Foothill League. Dawson Fay rushed for three touchdowns for Nevada Union in a game that was tied 28-28 midway in the third quarter.
No. 5 Sacramento 40, Kennedy 20 in Greenhaven – Tariq Hollandsworth rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns and helped lead a spirited defense that staged a 28-6 halftime advantage for the Dragons (3-1, 1-0) in the Metropolitan Conference opener against the Cougars (2-2, 0-1). Derek Shelton had three touchdown passes, two to Anthony Bradley and one to DaVon Owens for Sacramento, coming off of a 32-27 upset of four-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Folsom that snapped the Bulldogs’ state-leading 48-game regular-season winning streak.
No. 6 Folsom 42, Woodcreek 21 in Folsom – Joe Curry threw three touchdown passes, two to Drake Stallworth, and Brandon Rupchock returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown and rushed for a 4-yard score as the Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0) rebounded from their upset loss to Sacramento last week by beating the Timberwolves (2-3, 0-1) in their Sierra Foothill League opener. Isaiah Ajayi rushed for three touchdowns for Woodcreek.
No. 7 Jesuit 35, Pleasant Grove 20 in Elk Grove – Lorenzo Burkes rushed for touchdowns of 46, 42 and 1 yards, and Calvin Brownholtz threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Evan Panson as the Marauders (3-1, 1-0) rallied to beat the Eagles (0-4, 0-1) in the Delta League opener. Pleasant Grove led 14-7 with under five minutes to play in the third quarter before the Marauders turned things around. Pleasant Grove played its first game without popular coach Jason Rossow, who stepped down last week to tend to his health tied to a brain cancer diagnosis from 2014. Pleasant Grove is led by interim coaches Lew Lassetter and Steve Robards.
No. 8 Antelope 48, Ponderosa 21 in Shingle Springs – Elijah Dotson rushed for three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score, and Nick Spagnola threw touchdown passes of 41 and 10 yards to Garrett Chapman as the Titans (4-0, 1-0) defeated the Bruins (1-3, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference opener.
No. 12 Whitney 50, Bella Vista 0 in Fair Oaks – Jake Cruz completed 10 of 13 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a score, Mark Clark had a 70-yard touchdown catch and rushed 36 yards for a touchdown, and David Owens caught two touchdown passes as the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) rolled over the Broncos (0-4, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference opener.
No. 16 Vista del Lago 56, Placer 14 in Auburn – Brent Schaeffer threw seven touchdown passes, five to Brenden Hall, and rushed for a touchdown as the Eagles (3-2) throttled the Hillmen (1-4). Mikey Ferreira rushed for a 51-yard touchdown for Placer.
No. 18 Inderkum 51, Pioneer 0 in Woodland – Ryan Jones rushed for touchdowns of 61 and 24 yards, Davion Ross rushed for a 65-yard touchdown and had a dramatic one-handed interception, and Trajon Cotton threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Josh Falo as the Tigers (2-2, 1-0) defeated the Patriots (2-3, 0-1) and ruined the debut of new coach Richard Church in the Tri-County Conference opener. Church replaced Scott Stephens, who resigned Monday, three days after the Patriots fell 58-0 to Rio Americano. Stephens resigned after meeting with Pioneer principal Sandra Reese. “They wanted to go in a different direction,” Stephens told the Woodland Daily Democrat.
No. 19 Cosumnes Oaks 28, Oakmont 11 in Elk Grove – Reece Kelley returned an interception 18 yards on Oakmont’s first play, then the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0) held off the Vikings (3-1, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference game. Oakmont closed to 14-11 early in the fourth quarter before Cosumnes Oaks scored on a touchdown pass a minute later. Oakmont, coached by Tim Moore, was off to its best start in 18 years.
Bear River 28, No. 20 El Dorado 7 in Grass Valley – Austin Baze rushed for touchdowns of 10, 3 and 1 yards, and Stephen Taylor added a 7-yard run as the Bruins (2-2) handed the Cougars (4-1) their first loss of the season.
Colfax 40, Wheatland 6 in Wheatland – Mason Ahrens rushed for touchdowns of 5 and 14 yards, and Austin Weir threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Garren O’Keefe as the Falcons (4-1) jumped to a 20-0 halftime lead and coasted the rest of the way against the Pirates (1-4).
Capital Christian 35, Marysville 21 in Rosemont – D’Marcus Ross rushed for three touchdowns, and Julian Leslie caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Norville and rushed for a 67-yard touchdown as the Cougars (3-2, 1-0) rallied to beat the Indians (3-2, 0-1) in a Golden Empire League game. Taryn Dolan rushed for two touchdowns, and Mikah Bernal returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score for Marysville.
Lindhurst 33, Mesa Verde 14 in Olivehurst – Hunter Merritt rushed for touchdowns of 36 and 8 yards, and Miles Pennington returned an interception 35 yards for a score as the Blazers (2-2, 1-0) defeated the Mavericks (0-4, 0-1) in the Golden Empire League. Daquan Barnett had a 55-yard touchdown catch, and Nicholas Hall rushed 14 yards for a score for Mesa Verde.
Yuba City 31, Woodland 0 in Yuba City – Bryce Rogers rushed for an 11-yard touchdown and passed 29 yards to Maddux Bebout for another, Israel Dorantes returned a fumble 35 yards for a score, and Art Esparza connected on a 43-yard field goal to lead the Honkers (3-2, 1-0) over the Wolves (3-2, 0-1) in the Tri-County Conference opener.