No. 8 Del Oro is battle tested having played one of the toughest schedules in California this season.
So in a must-win game, that challenging schedule no doubt paid off on Friday night in the Sierra Foothill League finale at No. 6 Granite Bay.
Behind two interceptions by Trey Udoffia, who also had a 70-yard touchdown catch from Logan Hurst, the Golden Eagles (5-5, 4-2) defeated the Grizzlies 20-7 to finish in a three-way tie for second with Granite Bay (7-3, 4-2) and No. 7 Rocklin, and punch its ticket to the postseason.
The Golden Eagles dominated defensively. In addition to Udoffia’s interceptions, Mason Hurst blocked a punt and Logan Woods recovered a fumble that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Logan Hurst.
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Granite Bay and Del Oro will learn who they are going to play this Friday in the opening round of the playoffs late this afternoon, when the Sac-Joaquin Section is scheduled to announce pairings.
Brackets will be posted on the section website today.
No. 1 Folsom 71, Woodcreek 7 – Jake Browning threw six touchdown passes, two each to Josiah Deguara and Cole Thompson, giving him 56 for the season and also giving co-coach Kris Richardson his 100th career win as the Bulldogs (10-0, 6-0 Sierra Foothill League) finished unbeaten in the regular season for the third consecutive year in pounding the Timberwolves (5-5, 1-5). Folsom led 64-0 at the half.
No. 4 Elk Grove 44, Sheldon 0 at Sheldon HS – Manny Scott-Anderson rushed for 142 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns and Ryan Robards scored on touchdown receptions of 13 and 28 yards from Tyler Vander waal and on a 33-yard interception return for the Thundering Herd (8-2, 5-2) to close out Delta League play in third place behind No. 2 Grant and No. 3 Jesuit. Sai Tamu had three sacks for Elk Grove as Sheldon dropped to 1-8, 0-7.
No. 5 Inderkum 55, Pioneer 0 in Woodland – Larry Hardy returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and returned a turnover 25 yards for a score; Austin Thurmond rushed for two touchdowns and Trajon Cotton returned a turnover 63 yards for a score as the Tigers (9-1, 6-0) defeated the Patriots (3-7, 2-4) in the Tri-County Conference game.
No. 7 Rocklin 44, Nevada Union 21 in Grass Valley – William Floyd threw for 306 yards and five touchdown passes, including two to Brady Mays and a 69-yarder to Gage Sorensen, to lead the Thunder (8-2, 4-2) past the Miners (3-7, 0-6) in the Sierra Foothill League finale. The win snapped a two-game losing streak by the Thunder.
No. 9 Franklin 38, Pleasant Grove 10 – Jacob Lopez completed 11 of 17 passes for 238 yards and three touchdown passes; Bryce Abshear had six receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns; and Drew Andrews had two interceptions to lead the Wildcats (6-4, 4-3) over the Eagles (3-7, 2-5) and a likely postseason berth.
No. 10 Monterey Trail 60, Davis 24 at Monterey Trail HS – Trey Nahhas rushed for 346 yards and scored six touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (6-4, 3-4) past the Blue Devils (2-8, 1-6) in a Delta League matchup.
No. 12 El Dorado 31, Union Mine 9 in Placerville – Nick Bonniksen rushed for two touchdowns amd Tyler Clanin and Cody Miller rushed for one each as the Cougars (10-0, 5-0) downed the Diamondbacks (5-5, 3-2) to complete an unbeaten regular season. El Dorado, which opened in 1928, won its first league championship since 1983, when the Cougars won their only section championship.
No. 13 Burbank 61, Kennedy 0 at Burbank HS – Mike Roots scored five touchdowns, Eric Brown two, Keshawn Ates one and Shawn Franklin intercepted a pass to lead the Titans (7-3, 7-0) over the Cougars (4-6, 3-4) to again finish the Metro Conference undefeated for the fourth consecutive season.
No. 14 Rio Linda 62, River City 7 in West Sacramento – Zak Burden threw four touchdown passes and Marcel Brown rushed for touchdowns of 59 and 55 yards and had a 45-yard touchdown catch as the Knights (8-2, 4-2)topped the Raiders (2-8, 1-5) in the Tri-County Conference game.
No. 15 Cosumnes Oaks 45, Ponderosa 21 in Shingle Springs – Cevon Mitchell-Ford rushed for touchdowns of 51 and 28 yards and caught a 56-yard touchdown from Jaaron Stallworth and Raphael Lewis returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score to lead the Wolfpack (8-2, 7-0) over the Bruins (5-5, 3-4) in the Capital Valley Conference game.
No. 18 Placer 45, Colfax 21 in Colfax – Ryan Gray scored five touchdowns and Owen Scott rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown to lead the Hillmen (8-2, 5-0) over the Falcons (6-4, 2-3) and secure the outright Pioneer Valley League title. Colfax’s Tim Rawlins rushed for touchdowns of 75 and 56 yards and went over 3,000 yards rushing for his career.
No. 19 Roseville 56, Oakmont 8 at Roseville HS – Shea O’Harra caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and rushed for two other scores, Joseph Flores rushed for two touchdowns and Ryan Andrada had a 32-yard fumble return for a score and Blake Rayback a 70-yard interception for a score as the Tigers (6-4, 5-2) defeated the Vikings (1-9, 0-5) in the Capital Valley Conference game. Roseville led 49-0 at the half.
No. 20 Capital Christian 49, Marysville 21 at Capital Christian HS – Justice Shelton-Mosley scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) as the Cougars (10-0, 6-0) beat the Indians (7-3, 4-2) to capture the outright Golden Empire League title.
Del Campo 69, Bella Vista 28 at Del Campo HS – Lance Harris rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 43 yards for a score and Ben Purcell threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Cougars (7-3, 5-2) topped the Broncos (3-7, 2-5) in the CVC contest for the Battle of the Oaks.
Bear River 47, Lincoln 6 in Lake of the Pines – Kyle Uclaray rushed for three touchdowns and John Voter III had a 72-yard touchdown catch from Jason Voter and rushed for a 69-yard score to lead the Bruins (8-2, 4-1) over the Fighting Zebras (1-9, 0-5) in the PVL game.
Yuba City 71, Woodland 16 in Yuba City – Brenndon Shalowitz threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another; Blake Rose rushed for a score and had a 52-yard touchdown catch; Bryant Seaman rushed for two touchdowns; and John Horn scored on a 50-yard pass play and had his 11th interception of the season to lead the Honkers (5-5, 4-2) over the Wolves (1-9, 0-6) in the TCC game.
Valley 48, Florin 19 at Cosumnes River College – Maurice Hayden threw four touchdown passes, two to Thaddeus Turner, and ran for one as the Vikings (6-4, 3-4) beat the Panthers in the Metro Conference finale and may be headed to their first postseason berth since 2001. The Vikings were 0-10, 1-9, 1-9, 1-9 and 2-8 before turning things around under fourth-year coach Dave Filan.
El Camino 71, Mira Loma 0 at El Camino High School – Maleek Stewart, Kamani Elam and Said-Kamal Webster each rushed for two touchdowns and Kijana Zigler returned a kickoff 71 yards for a score as the Eagles (5-5, 3-2) topped the Matadors (0-10, 0-5) in the Capital Athletic League game.
The Bee’s Joe Davidson
contributed to this report.