Kaiden Bennett completed 19 of 28 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown to lead Folsom to a 45-29 win over host Oakdale in a nonleague game Friday night featuring two of Northern California’s football heavyweights.
It was a battle between high-powered offenses – Oakdale’s vaunted Wing-T and Folsom’s explosive spread – in front of a packed house at the Corral.
Bennett, a 6-foot junior who was well-protected by Folsom’s formidable offensive line, has now accounted for 15 touchdowns in his first three games for the Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 by The Sacramento Bee and No. 11 in the state.
Bennett’s favorite target was Joe Ngata, who caught 12 passes for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns. Brandon Rupchock rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown.
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Cameron Cherry ran for an 80-yard touchdown and caught a 20-yard touchdown for Oakdale, the Modesto Bee’s top-ranked team and winner of last year’s section Division III and CIF State Division III-A titles.
“They’re unbelievable,” Oakdale coach Trent Merzon told the Modesto Bee before the game. “It’s the best team we’ve brought into The Corral, but we scheduled these guys on purpose.
“Our kids want to do this. You turn on the film and you’re like, ‘Wow.’ They don’t have a specific weak link. The thing that stuck out to me was how good they are defensively. Everyone makes a big deal about them on offense, and for good reason, but defensively … They’re really, really good.”
No. 2 Granite Bay 57, St. Mary’s-Albany 0 in Granite Bay – Led by Drew Sanderson’s electrifying 57-yard first-quarter touchdown burst and a 73-yard defensive touchdown by Tannen Vagle in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies (3-0) coasted past the visiting Panthers (0-3).
No. 3 Oak Ridge 46, Burbank 8 in South Sacramento – Marco Baldacchino rushed for two touchdowns and threw touchdown passes to Justin Poerio and Gage King as the Trojans (3-0) hammered the Titans (0-3). Nate Otto and Avant Jacobs scored defensive touchdowns – all in the first half – for Oak Ridge, which will host Nevada power Reed on Friday.
No. 4 Inderkum 53, American Canyon 0 in American Canyon – National recruit Isaah Crocker rushed for touchdowns of 47 and 20 yards and caught a 25-touchdown pass; D’Angelo Morgan rushed for a touchdown and scored a 35-yard defensive touchdown; and Aaron Espero rushed for a 76-yard touchdown as the Tigers (3-0) rolled the Wolves (0-3).
No. 5 Del Oro 46, Windsor 13 in Windsor – Caron Jarrett threw 64-yard and 34-yard touchdown passes to Johnny Guzman and Conor Kheeley, respectively, and Josh Gazzaniga also tossed touchdowns to Guzman and Kheeley as the Golden Eagles (2-1) jumped to a 39-0 halftime lead in beating the Jaguars (0-2). Will Myers scored on a 58-yard run for Del Oro in the second half.
Reno 28, No. 11 Sheldon 21 at Sheldon – Francisco Salinas threw 25-yard and 37-yard touchdown passes to Dillon Juniel and Dom Johnson, respectively, and Juniel rushed for a 6-yard touchdown – all in the fourth quarter – but it wasn’t enough for Sheldon (2-1) against a Reno (3-0) team that led 21-0 entering the final quarter.
No. 13 Elk Grove 48, Lincoln 21 in Stockton – Jake Jordan ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and threw a 10-yard scoring strike to Tre’von Frazier; Zion Thomas rushed for two touchdowns and 190 yards; and Kazual Pride returned a punt for a 75-yard touchdown to top the Trojans (1-2) and give coach John Heffernan his first win in charge of the Thundering Herd (1-2). Heffernan was the longtime coach at Burbank.
No. 14 Antelope 35, Woodcreek 27 in Antelope – Nathan Lucero threw two touchdown passes and Mhari Roberts and Moses Paul each scored a pair of touchdowns to keep the Titans (3-0) unbeaten. Carter Krupp ran for two 66-yard touchdowns for Woodcreek (1-2).
No. 18 River Valley 59, Roseville 13 in Roseville – Chris Johnson’s three first-half touchdowns helped spark the Falcons (3-0) over the Tigers (0-3).
No. 19 Monterey Trail 42, No. 20 Vista del Lago 14 at Monterey Trail – Zach Larrier ran for a 55-yard touchdown and tossed a 35-yard touchdown to Eli Mirza; Jehiel Budgett rushed for touchdowns of 74 and 6 yards; and Aztlan Lopez rushed for touchdowns of 48 and 6 yards as the Mustangs (2-0) defeated the Eagles (1-2).
No. 19 Monterey Trail 42, No. 20 Vista del Lago 14 at Monterey Trail – Jehiel Budgett rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, Aztlan Lopez ran for 108 and two scores and Andew Almonte had 14 tackles for the Mustangs (2-0).
Colfax 35, Argonaut 0 in Colfax – Ryland Heimann threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Colton Reeves and a 38-yard scoring strike to Max Wolff; Anthony Lundberg returned a fumble 35 yards for a score; and Zack Fejes blocked a punt and Garren O’Keefe returned it 12 yards for a score as the Falcons (3-0) topped the Mustangs (1-1).
Placer 21, Aptos 0 in Auburn – Jorge Maldonado, Mario Perez and Brad Bishop rushed for touchdowns and the Hillmen (2-1) put on a stellar defensive performance in topping the Mariners (1-2) and former Nevada Union coach Randy Blankenship.
Vacaville 44, Yuba City 19 in Yuba City – Timothy Jackson rushed for four touchdowns as the Bulldogs (2-1) defeated the Honkers (2-1) on a night Yuba City unveiled its new turf field.
Pleasant Grove 29, Pitman 28 (3OT) in Turlock – Terrell Littlejohn and Dane Kaiser connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass, then the Eagles (2-1) made the two-point conversion to top the Pride (1-2). Pitman scored on a run, then booted the PAT to open the third overtime. Kaiser threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Williams-Cescato with under two minutes to play in regulation to tie the score 21-21, but the Eagles missed the PAT. The touchdown came just after Pleasant Grove recovered a Pitman fumble.
Bear River 31, Pershing County 10 in Lake of the Pines – Calder Kunde returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Luke Bagget, who also ran for an 8-yard touchdown as the Bruins (3-0) topped the Mustangs (1-1) from Lovelock, Nev.
Highlands 41, Florin 12 in North Highlands – Josh Cannon rushed for four touchdowns and Gerald Davis ran for one and tossed two scoring passes for the Scots (2-0).
River City 28, Center 20 in West Sacramento – Donny Castro’s PAT early in the third quarter gave the Raiders (2-1) a 21-20 lead, then they added a touchdown and PAT against the Cougars (1-2).
Mira Loma 40, Natomas 34 in Natomas – Sam Justo rushed for more than 200 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Matadors (2-1) over the Nighthawks (2-1).
Cordova 34, Rio Linda 33 in Rio Linda – The Lancers (2-1) recovered a Knights’ fumble on the Rio Linda (2-1) 30-yard line with a minute to go, then scored on a pass play and converted the PAT to stun the home crowd.
Woodland 61, Foothill 6 at Pioneer – Oscar Sanchez scored three touchdowns, including a 64-yard stunner, to lead the Wolves (3-0) past the Mustangs (1-2).