High School Sports

Roundup: Franklin upsets Grant; stars show up with big performances in league openers

Folsom’s Joe Ngata’s dive for the end zone last week against Sacramento came up short, but against Woodcreek on Friday, he touched the ball three times – and scored a touchdown on each one.
Folsom’s Joe Ngata’s dive for the end zone last week against Sacramento came up short, but against Woodcreek on Friday, he touched the ball three times – and scored a touchdown on each one. Special to The Bee

Daniel Ross ran up the middle for a 70-yard touchdown and No. 10 Franklin forced three turnovers to prevail over No. 8 Grant 17-9 in the Delta League opener Friday at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.

Jalen Lampley had a 1-yard touchdown run shortly after catching a 40-yard pass from Brandon Rundgren to give Franklin (4-0, 1-0) a 14-0 halftime lead over the Pacers (2-2, 0-1). But Grant’s Sox Lee booted a 33-yard field goal midway in the third quarter and Xavier Johnson threw over the Wildcats’ coverage to Paris Warren for a 97-yard touchdown late in the third period that cut Franklin’s lead to 14-9.

The Wildcats’ defense stiffened and Isaiah Bobadilla’s 19-yard field goal with 4:14 to play gave Franklin a little breathing room.

Elijah Cardenas and John Montgomery III recovered fumbles and Damerien Claridy made an interception for the Wildcats.

Ross finished with 95 yards on 15 carries and Lampley added 63 yards on 17 carries while Montgomery also had 12 tackles.

No. 1 Folsom 55, Woodcreek 14 in Roseville – Kaiden Bennett completed 7 of 9 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns, including strikes of 80 and 40 yards to Joe Ngata, as the Bulldogs (5-0, 1-0) rolled to their 19th consecutive Sierra Foothill League contest victory in overwhelming the Timberwolves (1-4, 0-1).

Ngata touched the ball three times, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. Bennett, who ranked second in the Sac-Joaquin Section in total yards and passing yards entering the game, also threw touchdown passes to C.J. Hutton, Parker Clayton and Brandon Rupchock.

No. 4 Inderkum 64, Pioneer 0 in Natomas – Isaah Crocker returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown, caught 60- and 40-yard touchdown passes from Isaiah Ward, and Johnny Williams rushed for a 68-yard touchdown as the Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Tri-County Conference) ripped the Patriots (0-4, 0-1). Tahj Harvey, D’Angelo Morgan, Leevi Lafaele and Savien Pressley also rushed for touchdowns.

No. 7 Rocklin 38, Nevada Union 14 in Rocklin – Blayden Brown rushed for three touchdowns and had an interception on defense and two sacks to power the Thunder (4-1, 1-0 Sierra Foothill League) past the Miners (2-3, 0-1).

No. 9 Capital Christian 41, Marysville 28 in Marysville – D’Marcus Ross rushed for four second-half touchdowns to offset a dramatic first half by Indians counterpart Gary Cooper in the Golden Empire League opener.

Cooper rushed for 200 yards on nine carries and scored touchdowns of 75, 63 and 7 yards and Brice Handy-Gray returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score as Marysville (1-4, 0-1) took a 25-13 first-half lead. But Ross countered with 23, 11, 2 and 9-yard touchdown runs for the Cougars (3-1, 1-0).

Capital Christian’s Trey Jones also rushed for a touchdown and threw a 57-yard touchdown to Tyrese Bankhead.

No. 11 Sheldon 35, No. 7 Monterey Trail 20 at Sheldon – Francisco Salinas threw long touchdown passes to lead the Huskies (3-1, 1-0 Delta League) over the Mustangs (2-2, 0-1).

No. 12 Jesuit 44, Pleasant Grove 6 in Carmichael – Isaiah Rutherford scored three rushing touchdowns and Hank Harvego tossed two touchdown passes to spark the Marauders (2-2, 1-0) in their Delta League home opener against the Eagles (2-2, 0-1).

Laiatu Latu caught a touchdown pass, had two sacks and blocked a punt for Jesuit, which has losses to No. 1 Folsom and No. 2 Granite Bay. Dane Kaiser threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Williams-Cescato for Pleasant Grove.

No. 13 Elk Grove 52, Davis 31 in Davis – Jaden Burns’ third touchdown run of the evening, a 34-yard burst, put the Thundering Herd (2-2, 1-0) ahead of the Blue Devils (0-4, 0-1) to stay early in the third quarter, 38-31, in Delta League play.

No. 14 Antelope 41, Ponderosa 14 in Shingle Springs – Two early touchdown runs by Moses Paul started the ball rolling for the two-time defending Capital Valley Conference champion Titans (4-0, 1-0) against the Bruins (1-3, 0-1).

No. 15 Del Campo 40, Roseville 0 in Roseville – Marshaun Hunter had a 45-yard defensive touchdown and caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Dimino, Greg Cabral rushed for two touchdowns and Levi Markey rushed for a 55-yard touchdown to highlight the Cougars’ (4-0, 1-0) Capital Valley Conference win over the Tigers (1-4, 0-1).

No. 18 Whitney 54, Bella Vista 0 in Fair Oaks – Preston Eklund threw three touchdown passes, all to Justin Kraft, and Jason Sanchez had two rushing touchdowns as the Wildcats (2-2, 1-0) topped the Broncos (0-4, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference opener.

No. 19 Christian Brothers 51, Winters 6 in Winters – Gunnor Faulk threw touchdown passes of 36, 32 and 15 yards to Spencer Webb and Jaiden Green had a 45-yard touchdown burst as the Falcons (2-2) topped the Warriors (2-2).

No. 20 Bear River 34, El Dorado 19 in Placerville – Stephen Taylor rushed for touchdowns of 58 and 7 yards and caught a 19-yard scoring strike from Luke Bagget, and Alex Bohn booted 33- and 28-yard field goals as the Bruins (5-0) defeated the Cougars (2-2).

Cosumnes Oaks 35, Oakmont 14 in Roseville – Larry Frierson threw touchdown passes of 70 yards to Jacob Trach and 17 yards to Nick Craig; Jeremiah Moore rushed for a 40-yard touchdown and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass; and Marque Collins returned an interception 44 yards for a score as the Wolfpack (1-3, 1-0 Capital Valley Conference) defeated the Vikings (3-1, 0-1).

Dixon 43, Natomas 42 in Natomas – The Rams (2-2, 1-0) rushed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion with two seconds left to shock the Nighthawks (3-2, 0-1) and ruin an outstanding performance by quarterback Adrian Torres in the Golden Empire League opener.

The junior threw five touchdown passes, including a 30-yarder to Jadon Johnson with 3:41 to play that put Natomas ahead 42-35. Jamar Walker had two touchdown runs for Natomas, including a 5-yarder that put Natomas up 35-14 late in the third quarter.

Yuba City 35, Woodland 19 in Woodland – The Wolves (4-1, 0-1 Tri-County Conference) closed to within 14-13 on an Oscar Sanchez 31-yard touchdown run with 5:54 to play in the second quarter, but the Honkers (3-2, 1-0) responded by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and weren’t threatened after that.

Rio Linda 20, River City 10 in Rio Linda – Tyson Ybarra threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah McCoy to open the scoring then added the clinching score for the Knights (4-1, 1-0) on a 26-yard touchdown run with six minutes to play against the Raiders (4-1, 0-1 Tri-County Conference).

Cordova 69, Foothill 36 in Rancho Cordova – Behind quarterback Johnele Sanders and section receiving leader Alvin Banks, the Lancers (3-2, 1-0) overwhelmed the Mustangs (1-4, 0-1). Sanders passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more. Banks had three receiving touchdowns and also ran 50 yards for a score.

Bradshaw Christian 85, San Juan 14 in South Sacramento – The Pride (2-3, 1-0) led 64-14 at the half en route to the Sierra Delta League win over the outmanned Spartans (0-4, 0-1).