Isaiah Rutherford rushed for an 80-yard touchdown and No. 6 Jesuit topped Grant 23-17 in Del Paso Heights Friday night to win the Delta League title outright and end the Pacers’ 26-year playoff run.
Rutherford’s electrifying touchdown run broke a 14-14 tie midway in the third quarter for the Marauders (8-2, 7-0). The Pacers (4-6, 2-5) hit a 20-yard field goal late in the third quarter to close to 21-14 but Jesuit’s defense dominated in the final quarter.
The Marauders forced the Pacers to punt, stopped them on fourth-and-short and produced a safety with under a minute to play.
Hank Harvego threw an 18-yard scoring strike to Josh Farr and Jason Gallagher rushed for a two-yard touchdown for Jesuit.
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No. 3 Inderkum 28, Rio Linda 14 in Rio Linda – D’Angelo Morgan rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 12 yards and Davion Ross had a 49-yard touchdown burst with under a minute to play as the Tigers (10-0, 6-0) secured another Tri-County Conference championship. Rio Linda (6-4, 3-3) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to close to 21-14 with three minutes to play.
No. 4 Sacramento 48, McClatchy 0 at Hughes Stadium – Quantrell Jackson completed 10 of 15 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns and Derek Shelton had two touchdown passes to power the Dragons (6-4, 6-1) past the Lions (4-6, 4-3) in the annual Bell Game. Donte Moore caught two touchdown passes for Sacramento, which has an on-field loss only to top-ranked Folsom, 28-19. Jamie Cousy rushed for 175 yards on nine carries and a score for the Dragons.
No. 5 Granite Bay 27, No. 9 Rocklin 14 in Rocklin – Blake Peterson rushed for a 44-yard third-quarter touchdown and Evan Tattersall added a 7-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies (8-2, 4-2) held off the Thunder (6-4, 3-3) in the Sierra Foothill League. Jake Powers had a sack and tackle for loss and Ryan Fina an interception – all in the fourth quarter – for the Grizzlies.
No. 7 Sheldon 56, No. 16 Elk Grove 20 in Elk Grove – Tyrell Smith rushed for touchdowns of 50, 10 and 1 yards, Taejon King added two rushing touchdowns and Jet Green returned a fumble 30 yards for a score as the Huskies (8-2, 6-1) beat the Thundering Herd (5-5, 4-3) in the Delta League.
No. 8 Del Campo 67, Bella Vista 0 at Bella Vista – The Capital Valley Conference champion Cougars (10-0, 7-0) jumped to a 53-0 halftime lead and completed their first unbeaten regular season in school history by topping the Fair Oaks-rival Broncos (0-10, 0-7).
No. 10 Franklin 29, Pleasant Grove 12 at Sheldon – Brandon Rundgren passed for 164 yards and hit Brady Johnson for two touchdowns as the Wildcats (7-3, 4-3) topped the Eagles (3-7, 1-6) in the Delta League. Johnson, son of coach Mike Johnson, had four catches for 96 yards.
No. 11 Antelope 38, Whitney 14 in Antelope – Mhari Roberts rushed for three touchdowns and Isaiah Gomez booted a 45-yard field goal to lift the Titans (9-1, 6-1) over the Wildcats (5-5, 4-3) in the Capital Valley Conference.
No. 12 Christian Brothers 38, No. 19 Vista del Lago 31 in Folsom – Gunnor Faulk threw four touchdown passes – two each to Spencer Webb and Jack O’Hearn – to lead the Falcons (8-2, 5-0) over the Eagles (6-4, 4-1) and win the Capital Athletic League. Christian Brothers’ Connor Laffin had back-to-back sacks to force the Eagles to give up the ball on downs with 2:25 to play, then Faulk and Webb connected on a 58-yard bomb to the Vista del Lago 8 that allowed CBS to run out the clock. Grant Patterson threw two touchdown passes to Brenden Pugh and also rushed for a 38-yard touchdown for the Eagles.
No. 14 Placer 49, No. 13 Lincoln 20 in Auburn – Anthony Kerrigan returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 79-yard and 17-yard scores and Marshall Chapman and Mario Perez each rushed for two touchdowns as the Hillmen (9-1, 5-0) beat the Fighting Zebras (8-2, 4-1) to claim the Pioneer Valley League for the fifth consecutive season.
No. 15 Monterey Trail 63, Davis 42 in Davis – Behind the running of Viktor Oliver, Jehiel Budgett and Zach Larrier, the Mustangs (6-4, 4-3) scored 28 unanswered fourth-quarter points to rally past the upset-minded Blue Devils (0-10, 0-7) in the Delta League game.
No. 18 Cordova 48, Rosemont 0 in Rancho Cordova – Johnele Sanders rushed for touchdowns of 33 and 48 yards and Alvin Banks rushed for a 49-yard score and had an interception as the Lancers (7-3, 4-1) beat the Wolverines (4-6, 2-3) and earned a Sierra Valley Conference co-title with No. 17 El Dorado, which was upset 23-20 at Union Mine.
Natomas 56, Lindhurst 0 in Olivehurst – Adrian Torres threw three touchdown passes; Damani Richardson caught a 28-yard touchdown pass and rushed for a 39-yard score; Joe Hines rushed for 64- and 17-yard scores; and Blake Morris returned a fumble 30 yards for a score as the Nighthawks (6-4, 3-2) throttled the Blazers (1-9, 1-4) in the Golden Empire League. Torres finished the regular season with 33 touchdown passes.
Laguna Creek 52, Hiram Johnson 0 at Cosumnes River College – Jacob Williams caught a 53-yard touchdown pass and rushed for a 45-yard score and Donovan Haynes booted a 50-yard field goal as the Cardinals (5-5, 5-2) downed the Warriors (0-10, 0-7) to finish third in the Metro Conference.
Bear River 35, Center 27 (OT) in Antelope – Austin Baze rushed for four touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, as the Bruins (7-3, 2-3) slipped past the Cougars (5-5, 2-3) in the Pioneer Valley League. Center tied the score on Tavion Pickett’s 12-yard run with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter but the two-point conversion failed. Michael Wortham threw 50- and 40-yard touchdown passes for Center.
River Valley 64, River City 43 in Yuba City – Chris Johnson scored four touchdowns in leading the Falcons (7-3, 3-3) over the Raiders (7-3, 3-3) in the Tri-County Conference. River City closed to 51-43 with 5:26 to play by returning a kickoff for a touchdown.
Woodland 56, Pioneer 0 at Pioneer – Led by the prolific rushing of Oscar Sanchez, the Wolves (6-4, 2-4) scored 34 first-quarter points in rolling past the Woodland-rival Patriots (1-9, 0-6) in the Tri-County Conference.
Del Oro 49, Woodcreek 14 in Roseville – Carson Jarrett threw 53- and 20-yard touchdown passes to Matt Smart and Hayden Hoekstra, respectively, and also ran for a 10-yard score to lead the Golden Eagles (5-5, 2-4) over the Timberwolves (3-7, 1-5) in the Sierra Foothill League to keep alive its playoff hopes.
Cosumnes Oaks 45, Ponderosa 21 in Elk Grove – Larry Frierson rushed for a touchdown and threw 85-, 45- and 32-yard touchdown passes to Jeremiah Moore, Elijah King and Corey Perkins, respectively, and King also had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in leading the Wolfpack (5-5, 5-2) over the Bruins 4-6, 3-4) in the Capital Valley Conference.
East Nicolaus 38, Durham 6 in Trowbridge – Gavin McAuliff threw two touchdown passes and Mauricio Bautista rushed for two touchdowns in leading the Spartans (10-0, 5-0) over the Trojans (9-1, 4-1) in a battle of Northern Section unbeatens.
Capital Christian 56, Mesa Verde 12 in Rosemont – D’Marcus Ross rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 59 yards for a score and Jake Cruz threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another as the Golden Empire League champion Cougars (7-3, 5-0) topped the Mavericks (2-7, 0-5).
Colfax 55, Foothill 26 in Colfax – Troy Little rushed for four touchdowns and Ryland Heimann threw three touchdown passes – two to Mason Ahrens – as the Falcons (7-3, 2-3) topped the Mustangs (1-9, 0-5) in the Pioneer Valley League and earned the two league wins necessary to qualify for the playoffs.
California School for the Deaf 51, Encina Prep 6 in Fremont – The Bulldogs (1-9) concluded their season with a non-league loss to the Eagles (5-4).