Backup quarterback William Floyd, coming off the bench for injured star Max O’Rourke, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Preece with 40.8 seconds to rally No. 3 Rocklin past No. 7 Del Oro 18-15 in a Sierra Foothill League rivalry game in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 Friday night at Rocklin High School.
Del Oro (2-5, 1-2) took its first lead of the game with 5:14 to go on Logan Hurst’s 5-yard touchdown run, but then Floyd, a junior, drove Rocklin 70 yards for the winning score to keep the Thunder (6-0, 2-0) undefeated and strike a blow to the Golden Eagles’ playoff hopes.
Floyd entered the game early in the fourth quarter after O’Rourke suffered a leg injury. O’Rouke had accounted for all of Rocklin’s points on a 19-yard touchdown run and field goals of 36 and 26 yards in staking the Thunder to a 12-7 lead.
It also was the fifth annual Battle for the Shield in honor of Matt Redding, a Rocklin police officer and Del Oro alumnus who died while on duty in October 2005 when he was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver on Highway 65.
Rocklin is 6-0 for the first time since it went 14-1 in 2009. Del Oro came into the game 10-3 against Rocklin since 2004, including a win over the Thunder in the 2005 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game, and SFL wins in 2011 and 2013 that led to state bowl seasons. Rocklin beat Del Oro twice in 2009, in SFL play and in the D-II section title game. That advanced the Thunder to a state bowl game.
No. 1 Folsom 63, Nevada Union 6 in Grass Valley – Jake Browning was 20 of 28 for 380 yards and eight touchdowns and sat with his fellow starters after the first series of the third quarter as the defense again dominated for the top-ranked Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) in the SFL win over the Miners (3-4, 0-3). Jake Jeffrey caught seven passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns; Cole Thompson had four catches for 124 yards and two scores.
Browning has 43 touchdown passes.
No. 2 Grant 56, Pleasant Grove 6 in Del Paso Heights – Deshawn Collins rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns, Mike Green went for 114 and three and Dorrzel Hicks ran for two scores as the Pacers (6-0, 3-0) blasted the Eagles (1-5, 0-3) in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Grant is off to its best start since it was state-ranked No. 1 throughout the first 13 weeks of the 2010 season. The Pacers had seven sacks and three interceptions, and Carl Granderson and Chris Atteberry combined for 22 tackles.
No. 9 Inderkum 56, Woodland 6 in Woodland – Austin Thruman had touchdown runs of 68 and 28 yards; Ivan Prevost added scoring runs of 37 and 25 yards and Jimmie Johnson had a 63-yard touchdown run as the Tigers (6-1, 3-0) defeated the Wolves (1-5, 0-2) in a Tri-County Conference game.
No. 14 Christian Brothers 64, Mira Loma 7 at El Camino High – Jamarri Jackson rushed for three touchdowns, including 65- and 55-yarders; Jalen Swanigan returned a kickoff 83 yards for a score; Jonatan Gihl returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown; and Drew Goncalves had a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Falcons (5-1, 1-0) rolled over the Matadors (0-6, 0-1) in the Capital Athletic League opener.
No. 19 Bear River 40, Foothill 6 in Lake of the Pines – Kyle Uclaray ran for touchdowns of 63 and 56 yards, and John Voter III had three rushing touchdowns as the Bruins (5-1, 1-0) rolled past the Mustangs (0-6, 0-1) in the Pioneer Valley League game.
No. 20 River Valley 48, Pioneer 7 in Yuba City – Avery Gould threw two touchdown passes in the first half and Dante Love rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Falcons (5-2, 3-0) over the Patriots (2-4, 1-1) in the Tri-County Conference game.
Cosumnes Oaks 35, No. 18 Del Campo 7 in Elk Grove – Jaaron Stallworth had four touchdown passes, two to Eric Toles, his basketball teammate, as the Wolf Pack (4-2, 3-0) rolled the Cougars (4-2, 2-1) in the Capital Valley Conference contest. Stallworth also hit Keoni Stallworth and V’siol Williams for touchdown passes, and Marcus Harmon had a 79-yard touchdown.
Capital Christian 70, Lindhurst 0 – Le Kayle Johnston rushed for touchdowns of 3, 17 and 30 yards, and Luis Gomez had touchdown runs of 40 and 20 yards as the Cougars (6-0, 3-0) rolled past the Lazers (1-6, 0-3) in the Golden Empire League.
Vista del Lago 35, Casa Roble 28 at Folsom High – Trailing 21-0 at the half, quarterback Matt Jimison rallied the Eagles (4-3, 2-0) by throwing for three touchdown passes and running for a fourth score, though Colby Carrera had the game winner with a 5-yard touchdown late in the Capital Athletic League matchup against the Rams (2-4, 0-1).
Rosemont 43, Union Mine 33 in Rosemont – Buddy Enriguez passed for 350 yards and threw four touchdown passes, all to Daniel Tveretinov, and the Wolverines (3-3, 1-0) rallied from 22 points down to beat the Diamondbacks (4-2, 0-1) in the Sierra Valley Conference opener.
Johnson 30, Florin 27 at Hiram Johnson High – Orlando Sanchez rushed for two touchdowns, including one of 65 yards, and Johnny Bustillos threw two touchdown passes, including an 82-yarder to Kieyre Arnold as the Warriors (2-4, 1-2) defeated the Panthers (1-5, 0-3) in their Metro Conference homecoming game played under portable lights. D’Andre Densky scored two late touchdowns for Florin.
The Bee’s Joe Davidson contributed to this report.