Michael Cook threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Brown and also rushed for a one-yard score, and DeShawn Collins rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and Mike Green 85 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries as No. 2 Grant defeated No. 10 Franklin 27-0 in their Delta League opener Friday night at Cosumnes Oaks High School.
Grant (4-0, 1-0), which had 311 total yards, opened the game with a 14-play, 71-yard drive running behind its massive offensive line that averages 320 pounds. Collins capped it with a two-yard run, then the defense of Franklin (2-2, 0-1) stiffened as the Pacers led just 6-0 at the half. But the Pacers’ size and depth wore down the Wildcats in the second half. Grant’s defense held Franklin star Lamar Jackson to 27 rushing yards.
Grant is MaxPreps.com’s No. 3 team in Northern California behind De La Salle of Concord and No. 2 Folsom. The Pacers, who went 14-1 and won the Delta League last season, have nonleague wins over Burbank, Central of Fresno and Bullard of Fresno.
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No. 3 Elk Grove 55, Davis 0 in Elk Grove – Ryan Robards rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns and returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown as the Thundering Herd (4-0, 1-0) crushed the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1) in a Delta League opener. Jayden Machado passed for 129 yards and hit Gavin Reinwald and Damario McLean for touchdown passes for Elk Grove, and Julius Fullah returned an interception 35 yards for a score. Elk Grove is ranked No. 7 in Northern California.
No. 4 Del Oro 52, Nevada Union 10 in Loomis – Trey Udoffia caught a 50-yard touchdown pass, Dalton Gee rushed for a 45-yard score, and the Golden Eagles (2-2, 1-0) returned two interceptions for touchdowns to cruise past the Miners (1-4, 0-1) in the Sierra Foothill League opener. Del Oro is ranked No. 5 in Northern California.
No. 6 Inderkum 48, Yuba City 20 in Natomas – Trajon Cotton passed for two touchdowns and ran for one, and Jimmie Johnson scored three touchdowns for the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) as they topped the Honkers (0-5, 0-1) in a Tri-County Conference opener.
No. 7 Oak Ridge 35, Woodcreek 28 (2OT) in Roseville – Ian Book threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman and the Trojans (4-1, 1-0) stopped the Timberwolves (4-0, 0-1) on their second possession of overtime to win the Sierra Foothill League opener. The game ended in a 21-21 tie in regulation. Oak Ridge missed a 33-yard field-goal try with 2:53 to play. Isaiah Ajayi’s two-yard touchdown run for Woodcreek tied the score at 21-21 with 8:12 to play in the fourth quarter. Ajayi also scored a on 74-yard touchdown run earlier in the game.
No. 8 Antelope 55, Ponderosa 21 in Shingle Springs – Montel Aaron completed 11 of 14 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown; Elijah Dotson rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries; and Davaeon Johnson had two interceptions as the Titans (4-0, 1-0) cruised past the Bruins (1-3, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference opener. Two of Dotson’s TD runs went for 82 and 81 yards.
No. 12 Placer 42, Vista del Lago 39 in Folsom – Marcus Ante threw three touchdown passes of 64, 57 and 27 yards to Owen Scott; Jared Halbert rushed for touchdowns of 61 and two yards and the Hillmen (5-0) held off a furious Eagles rally to post the nonleague win. Scott’s 57-yard touchdown had given the Hillmen a 42-27 lead with 8:45 left to play before Colby Carrera rushed for a 12-yard score and Brent Schaeffer threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Blake Martin for the Eagles (2-3).
No. 14 Bear River 28, Escalon 14 in Escalon – Jason Voter threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Conner Hollister and a 13-yard scoring strike to Dave Mastrella, and David O’Brien had touchdown runs of 59 and seven yards as the Bruins (4-0) topped the Cougars (3-2) in a nonleague game.
No. 15 Cosumnes Oaks 35, Oakmont 6 in Roseville – Maurice Hayden was 7 of 13 for 133 yards and a touchdown and also rushed seven times for 54 yards and a touchdown, and Dante Davis rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns on six carries as the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0) rolled over the Vikings (2-2, 0-1) in the Capital Valley Conference opener. Oakmont honored its first Hall of Fame class, including Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders and former 49ers standout Dan Bunz, at halftime.
No. 16 Whitney 76, Bella Vista 14 in Fair Oaks – Hunter Rodrigues passed for 272 yards and seven touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Wildcats over the Broncos in a Capital Valley Conference opener. Devin Brochini caught four touchdown passes and Justin Kaft three. Kraft also scored a defensive touchdown.
No. 17 River Valley 52, Rio Linda 7 in Rio Linda – Avery Gould threw three touchdown passes, including a 43-yarder to JoJo Penn, Dante Love rushed for three touchdowns and Clarence Pierson rushed for a five-yard score and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass as the Falcons (4-1, 1-0) rolled over the Knights (0-5, 0-1) in the Tri-County Conference opener.
Del Campo 64, No. 19 Roseville 57 (3OT) in Roseville – Javone Jackson scored on Del Campo’s third possession of overtime and the Cougars (3-1, 1-0) recovered a fumble to prevail over the Tigers (2-2, 0-1) in a wild Capital Valley Conference opener that was tied 42-42 at the end of regulation.
No. 20 Capital Christian 68, West Campus 0 in Rosemont – D’Marcus Ross returned two interceptions for touchdowns and also scored on a 55-yard punt return; Jacob Norville threw three touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gutierrez; and Tino Hutchins had a 90-yard run as the Cougars (4-0, 1-0) defeated the Warriors (1-4, 0-1) in the Golden Empire League opener.
Marysville 37, Lindhurst 0 in Olivehurst – Jacob Sellers rushed for 75- and 22-yard touchdowns to lead the Indians (5-0, 1-0) over the Blazers (3-2, 0-1) in the Golden Empire League opener. It’s Marysville’s best start since 1967.
Colfax 42, Wheatland 7 in Colfax – Austin Weir threw four touchdown passes, including a 44-yarder to Nick Van Doorn, as the Falcons (2-3) defeated the Pirates (1-4) in a nonleague game.
Christian Brothers 28, Rosemont 14 at Hughes Stadium – Jamarri Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and Braeden Bourke rushed for a one-yard touchdown and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Anderson as the Falcons (4-1) topped the Wolverines (2-1) in a non-league game. Gabe Pridgen-Daniels ran for an 82-yard touchdown for Rosemont.
Pioneer 42, River City 33 in Woodland – Elijah Fields rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another and John Soto returned an interception for a score to lead the Patriots (2-3, 1-0) over the Raiders (1-4, 0-1) in the Tri-County Conference opener.
Winters 28, Woodland 21 in Winters – The Northern Section Warriors (2-2) were able to prevail despite some big plays by the Wolves (1-3). Garrick Smigelski had touchdown catches of 77 and 27 yards, and Truman Linney returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown.
American Canyon 34, El Camino 31 at El Camino High School – The Wolves (1-4) blocked Kevin Loheit’s 35-yard field-goal attempt with 19 seconds left to top the Eagles (2-3) in the nonleague game.
Union Mine 61, Lincoln 55 in Lincoln – The Diamondbacks (3-2) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally for the nonleague win over the Fighting Zebras (3-2).
Monterey Trail 35, Sheldon 14 at Sheldon High School – Arnett Belton had a 55-yard touchdown run and Tuli Pulu rushed for a 25-yard score while Robert Holt threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Neville Bood as the Mustangs (3-1, 1-0) defeated the Huskies (2-2, 0-1) in a Delta League opener.
Cordova 52, Foothill 46 in Rancho Cordova – Unique Perez threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Devin Baldwin with under a minute to play as the Lancers (3-2) defeated the Mustangs (1-3) in the nonleague contest. Perez threw five touchdown passes, three to Baldwin, and also rushed for two touchdowns.