Ben Purcell rushed for a three-yard score and threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to sophomore David Joseph and two yards to Tariq Mitchell to lead No. 15 Del Campo to a 21-14 win over No. 14 Cosumnes Oaks on Friday night in a battle of Capital Valley Conference unbeatens in Fair Oaks.
Dante Davis rushed for seven- and eight-yard touchdowns for Cosumnes Oaks, and the Wolfpack saw its bid to tie or beat the Cougars end on the Del Campo 20-yard line as time ran out.
Joseph’s 79-yard fumble recovery helped set up Del Campo’s winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Purcell finished 11 of 16 for 146 yards, and sophomore Ismael Cisneros rushed for 88 yards on 25 carries.
It was a battle of one of the best offensive teams and one of best defensive squads in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Del Campo entered the game having scored 251 points. Cosumnes Oaks had allowed only 28 points through the first five games.
The penalty-filled game was played with four officials instead of normal five, as were most games throughout the area because of a protest by nearly 70 referees unhappy with the leadership of the Northern California Officials Association. An accord between the organization’s board and the officials reportedly was reached earlier in the day.
In other games:
No. 1 Folsom 56, Nevada Union 7 in Folsom – Tre Green rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns on five carries, Jake Jeffrey was 8 of 11 for 244 yards and three touchdowns, and Eric Davis caught three passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) crushed the Miners (1-6, 0-3) in the Sierra Foothill League game.
No. 3 Oak Ridge 36, No. 6 Granite Bay 28 in Granite Bay – Ian Book rushed for a touchdown and threw three touchdown passes, two to Kevin Kassis, and Kassi ran for an 11-yard score as the Trojans (6-1, 3-0) held off the Grizzlies (3-3, 0-2) in the SFL game.
No. 7 Antelope 40, Roseville 35 in Antelope – Montel Aaron completed 12 of 17 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (6-0, 3-0) edged the Tigers (2-5, 0-4) to remain unbeaten in the Capital Valley Conference. Davaeon Johnson had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass for Antelope, Ryan McCombs caught four passes for 115 yards and a score, and Devaughn Silver scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard dive with 2:13 to play. Ben Zahniser returned an interception 35 yards for a score and caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Blake Rayback to lead Roseville.
No. 10 Rocklin 28, No. 8 Del Oro 3 in Loomis – Evyn Holtz rushed for a three touchdowns and Chase Hatada returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a touchdown as the Thunder (4-2, 1-1) defeated the Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-2) in the SFL contest.
No. 9 Franklin 28, Monterey Trail 18 at Cosumnes Oaks HS – Rayshawn York rushed for touchdowns of 18 and 15 yards, and Eric Turner rushed for a 26-yard score as the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) held off the Mustangs (3-3, 1-2) in the Delta League game. Monterey Trail closed to within three points with 7:14 to play on a Robert Holt to Nevelle Bood seven-yard touchdown pass.
No. 12 Sacramento 63, Laguna Creek 0 at Cosumnes River College – Caden Voges passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Tariq Hollandsworth rushed for 170 yards and three scores for the Dragons (3-3, 3-0) in Metropolitan Conference play.
No. 13 Bear River 20, Foothill 7 in Foothill Farms – David O’Brien rushed for touchdowns of 21 and 10 yards, and Austin Baze had an 11-yard touchdown as the Bruins (6-0, 1-0) defeated the Mustangs (1-5, 0-1) in the Pioneer Valley League contest. Foothill, celebrating its 50th year, inducted its first Hall of Fame class during the evening. Leading the way was former coach Frank Negri, who won more than 200 games as the Mustangs’ coach.
No. 16 Whitney 42, Ponderosa 6 in Rocklin – Hunter Rodrigues completed 25 of 31 passes for 275 yards and six touchdowns, four to Justin Kraft, as the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) defeated the Bruins (1-5, 0-3) in the Capital Valley Conference game. Matt Chaffin led the Whitney defense with 11 tackles.
No. 17 River Valley 76, Pioneer 12 in Woodland – Avery Gould threw three first-half touchdown passes, including two to Clarence Pierson, and Dante Love rushed for two scores as the Falcons (6-1, 3-0) built a 48-6 halftime lead en route to a school-record points total against the Patriots (2-4, 1-1). River Valley, in Yuba City, opened in 2006.
No. 18 Burbank 57, Valley 12 at Burbank HS – The Titans (3-3, 3-0) jumped to a 50-0 halftime lead en route to a Metro Conference win over the Vikings (0-6, 0-3). It was Justin Wade’s first game as interim coach for Valley after taking over for David Filan, who stepped down last week.
No. 20 Capital Christian 69, Lindhurst 0 in Rosemont – Jacob Norville rushed for a touchdown and threw three touchdown passes, two to Jack Haney and a 67-yarder to Marcus Fowler, and D’Marcus Ross returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown as the Cougars (6-0, 2-0) coasted over the Lazers (4-3, 1-2) in the Golden Empire League game.
Bella Vista 46, Oakmont 31 in Roseville – Andreas Litton rushed for four touchdowns, including 78- and 75-yard bursts, and Colton Lobdell threw an 84-yard scoring strike to Glenn Clinton as the Broncos (4-2, 2-1) topped the Vikings (2-4, 0-3) in the Capital Valley Conference game.
Lincoln 55, Colfax 21 in Colfax – Elijah Cunningham rushed for three touchdowns, Caleb Kettlehut returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass, and Ryan Graham rushed for two as the Fighting Zebras (4-2, 3-1) topped the Falcons (2-4, 2-3) in the Pioneer Valley League game.
Davis 38, Sheldon 10 in Davis – Ish Perez rushed for a school-record 301 yards and two touchdowns, Jack Beckman accounted for three scores, and Austin Griffiths had an interception, fumble recovery and sack as the Blue Devils (3-3, 1-2) topped the Huskies (2-4, 0-3) in the Delta League game.
Union Mine 31, Rosemont 14 in El Dorado – Brody Pearman threw touchdowns of 17 yards to Trevor Reed and five yards to Andrew Vaughn as the Diamondbacks (4-2, 1-0) topped the Wolverines (3-3, 1-1) in the Sierra Valley Conference contest.
Dixon 69, West Campus 6 in Dixon – The Rams (6-1, 3-0) rolled up 69 points in the first two quarters against the Warriors (1-6, 0-3), and the Golden Empire League game was called at halftime.
Foresthill 29, Valley Christian 28 in Foresthill – The Wildfires (1-5) scored on a 40-yard pass play, then made the PAT with 46 seconds to pull out the win over the Lions of Roseville in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League contest. Valley Christian (0-5) had taken a 28-22 lead on a 35-yard scoring strike from Casey DeMello to Grant Woodside.
Highlands 56, Encina 7 in North Highlands – Isaiah Tenette rushed for 143 yards and four touchdowns, and he passed for two for the Scots on homecoming night in Sierra Delta play. Jamari Bright ran for 121 yards and two scores for Highlands (4-2, 1-1).
Marysville 17, Natomas 6 in Natomas – Chase Tarr threw two touchdown passes, and Hector Gonzalez booted a 37-yard field goal as the Indians (6-1, 2-1) defeated the Nighthawks (3-3, 0-2) in the Golden Empire League game