New era, new faces, same results.
Top-ranked Folsom High School rallied late to beat visiting Clayton Valley Charter 27-26 on Friday night in a thrilling nonleague opener of state powerhouse programs that played for CIF State Bowl championships last December.
Tre Green put the Bulldogs up for good with a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left, a play set up by a long kickoff return by Christian Huber, as the Bulldogs avoided their first regular-season loss since 2011.
Clayton Valley, which led 12-7 at halftime, regained the lead with 2:25 to play when Luis Ramos scored on a 4-yard quarterback sneak after an 88-yard burst by Ja’Ron Jackson.
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Green also had a one-yard score for Folsom. Jake Jeffrey, taking over for national prep record-setting quarterback Jake Browning, had a 10-yard touchdown pass to Roger Neal, and the Bulldogs twice stopped the Ugly Eagles of Concord on downs in the fourth quarter.
Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson is a longtime friend of Clayton Valley coach Tim Murphy, whose team went 14-1 last season and lost in the D-II state final. Folsom went 16-0 last season and won the D-I state title.
Folsom is bidding to continue its recent excellent that has turned the Bulldogs into a perennial region and state power. Folsom, ranked No. 2 in California by Maxpreps.com, has gone 81-8 since 2009 with four Sac-Joaquin Section championships, two CIF State Bowl titles.
No. 3 Del Oro 41, Pleasant Grove-Utah 0 in Loomis – Stone Smartt threw 40- and 39-yard touchdown passes to Trey Udoffia, and had a 65-yard scoring strike to Dalton Gee for the Golden Eagles. Del Oro’s Bryan Willhide booted field goals of 38 and 29 yards, and the Golden Eagles had four inteceptions, including two by Morgan Hurst. Pleasant Grove came is as the No. 3-ranked team in Utah. Del Oro is ranked No. 3 in Northern California by MaxPreps.com. Pleasant Grove opened the season a week earlier by beating Corner Canyon of Draper, Utah, 28-19.
No. 4 Elk Grove 38, Reno 7 in Elk Grove – Ryan Robards rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and had a 40-yard field goal as the Thundering Herd pulled away in the second half. Elk Grove’s Dylan Eldred had two interceptions, including one for a 12-yard touchdown, and the Thundering Herd forced two fumbles that set up touchdowns. The score was tied 7-7 at halftime.
No. 5 Rocklin 63, Pleasant Grove 14 in Rocklin – Evyn Holtz rushed for four touchdowns, William Floyd threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another, and Van Calhoun rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Thunder over the Eagles.
No. 8 Franklin 30, Clovis North 24 at Cosumnes Oaks – Lamar Jackson tossed a halfback option touchdown pass and Rashaan York scored on a short run to power the Wildcats past the longtime Fresno power.
No. 11 Antelope 28, Monterey Trail 0 in Antelope – Montel Aaron threw touchdown passes of 45 and 33 yards, and the Titans’ defense shut down the Mustangs’ veer attack.
No. 13 Placer 43, Nevada Union 7 in Grass Valley – Marcus Ante threw four first-half touchdown passes, including 80- and 76-yard strikes to Owen Scott and a 76 yarder to Derek Haney, as the Hillmen rolled over the Miners. Ante was 6 of 12 for 266 yards in the first two quarters.
No. 18 Christian Brothers 48, River City 9 at Hughes Stadium – Jamarri Jackson returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown, returned an interception 14 yards for a score, rushed for a 42-yard score and had a 34-yard touchdown reception to lead the Falcons over the Raiders. Christian Brothers quarterback Braeden Bourke threw three touchdown passes.
No. 20 Capital Christian 28, Rio Americano 12 in Rosemont – Jaysson Taylor rushed for touchdowns of 70 and 5 yards, and Jacob Norville threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jack Haney to lead the Cougars over the Raiders. Rio Americano scored on the first play from scrimmage on Blake Spencer’s 65-yard pass to Zach Lewin. Spencer also threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Danny Miller.
Cordova 48, Pioneer 14 in Woodland – The Lancers rolled to a 41-8 halftime lead as Unique Perez completed 10 of 13 passes for 264 yards and five touchdowns, three to Devin Baldwin of 60, 33 and 39 yards.
Colfax 35, Argonaut 18 in Colfax – Luke Rineer rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns, and Austin Weir threw three touchdown passes to lead the Falcons.
Union Mine 52, Foothill 27 in El Dorado – Cruz Rodriguez returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown and Trevor Reed returned an interception 23 yards for a score to lead the Diamondbacks over the Mustangs.
Woodcreek 21, Vintage 3 in Roseville – Anthony Mahr rushed for touchdowns of 53 and 30 yards, and Tyler England added a 52-yard rushing touchdown as the Timberwolves prevailed over the Crushers from Napa.
Highlands 65, Mesa Verde 39 in North Highlands – Isaiah Tennette rushed for 174 yards and four touchdown, and passed for two scores as the Scots rolled. Avery Hall rushed for 138 yards and a score for Highlands.
No. 7 Oak Ridge 57, Whitney 55 in El Dorado Hills – Michael Pittman rushed for three touchdowns, including an 85-yarder, and Ian Book threw two touchdown passes to Tommy Dunnigan and rushed for a touchdown as the Trojans held off a wild comeback by the Wildcats.
The Trojans led 57-35 early in the fourth quarter.
No. 15 Bear River 40, Pacheco 20 in Los Banos – Toran Moronic returned a kickoff for a touchdown to highlight the Bruins’ win.
Natomas 7, Vallejo 0 in Natomas – Keyshawn Strickland returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter as the Nighthawks prevailed over the Redhawks.
Wood 47, No. 17 Vista del Lago 22 in Vacaville – Tayvian Cunningham had 12 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns, Arthur Jackson had 10 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Damon Lewis rushed for 175 yards and two scores as the Wildcats crushed the Eagles. Wood quarterback Marcus Howard passed for 370 yards and four touchdowns.
Marysville 41, Las Plumas 7 in Marysville – Chase Tarr passed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown – all in the first half – as the Indians jumped to a 34-0 lead after two quarters. Steven Wieber added a 40-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second half to complete Marysville’s scoring.
No. 19 Del Campo 63, Edison-Stockton 14 in Fair Oaks – Ben Purcell threw six touchdown passes and Javone Jackson scored two touchdowns, one on a 75-yard run, the other on a 12-yard pass, as the Cougars rolled to victory.