Jake Jeffrey completed 15 of 23 passes for 223 yards and five touchdowns, hitting five different receivers, as top-seeded Folsom defeated No. 16 Kennedy 63-0 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-I football playoffs Friday night at Folsom High School.
Folsom (11-0) won its state-leading 27th consecutive game and 13th consecutive section playoff game and the 19th of its last 20 as it makes a bid for a fourth consecutive section title.
The Bulldogs will play No. 9 Franklin in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Kennedy (8-3), enjoying its best season in decades, was making its first section playoff appearance since 1990.
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No. 2 Elk Grove 55, No. 15 Gregori-Modesto 0 in Elk Grove – Ryan Robards rushed for 203 yards on 17 carries, scored three touchdowns and tossed a touchdown pass to Gavin Reinwald as the Thundering Herd (11-0) rolled over Gregori (6-5). Jayden Machado passed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense allowed just 78 yards. Elk Grove is now 42-25 in 29 postseason appearances, including five D-I section championships. Elk Grove will play host to No. 7 Merced in the next round.
No. 3 Oak Ridge 35, No. 14 Monterey Trail 14 in El Dorado Hills – Ian Book passed to Brock Martin for a touchdown and rushed for a score, and Gage Webb, Rhys Kennedy and Michael Pittman had rushing touchdowns as the Trojans (9-2) defeated the Mustangs (5-6). Oak Ridge is trying to win its fifth section title and first in D-I. It won four in D-II, including three straight from 2002 to 2004. Oak Ridge advances to the quarterfinals against No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks.
No. 4 Napa 26, No. 13 Pleasant Grove 0 in Napa – Parker Totty caught 47- and 10-yard touchdown passes from Cal Bard and also rushed for a touchdown to lead the Indians (11-0) past the Eagles (5-6). Napa, the Monticello Empire League champion, is in the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season. The Indians won the D-I section title in 2010.
No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks 62, Lincoln-Stockton 27 in Elk Grove – Maurice Hayden completed nine of 16 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, Dante Davis rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and also had a 35-yard touchdown catch, and Christian McFarland rushed for a 75-yard touchdown and had two touchdown catches, including a 70-yarder, as the Wolfpack (8-3) crushed the Trojans (6-5).
No.9 Franklin 41, No. 8 Turlock 24 in Turlock – Lamar Jackson threw 48- and 40-yard touchdown passes to Tariq Gleen and Donaven Hawkins and rushed for two scores to lead the Wildcats (7-4) over Turlock (7-3). Danny Velasquez, pinch-hitting for injured quarterback Peyton Dunseth, rushed for a 58-yard touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass for Turlock.
No. 1 Grant vs. No. 16 Beyer-Modesto – The game scheduled to be played Friday night in Del Paso Heights was postponed after the shooting that led to the death of Grant player Jaulon Clavo and the wounding of another earlier in the day near the campus. A decision hasn’t been announced as to when the game will be played.
“My heart goes out to the coaches, players, the family of those players and the community of Grant High,” Beyer coach Doug Severe told the Modesto Bee. “I know how much I love my kids.
“The game of football becomes such a minute detail when talking about the life of young people. That’s somebody’s child, a teammate, a friend ... somebody who won’t be at school on Monday. I can’t imagine.”
No. 2 Antelope 49, No. 15 West-Tracy 21 in Antelope – Montel Aaron completed 14 of 15 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for two scores, and Khanni Lesane, Davaeon Johnson and Curtis Borders had interceptions to lead the Titans (11-0) over the Wolfpack (6-5). Lesane brought his interception back 22 yards for a score. Antelope will play the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 7 Sacramento and No. 10 McNair.
No. 3 Rocklin 34, No. 14 Burbank 14 in Rocklin – Evyn Holtz rushed for 301 yards and had 54 receiving yards, and he also accounted for four touchdowns as the Thunder (8-3) defeated the Titans (6-5). Rocklin, the Sierra Foothill League third-place team, is in the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Rocklin will play host to Del Campo on Friday.
No. 6 Del Campo 28, Pitman-Turlock 20 in Fair Oaks – Manny Valcarcel intercepted a pass in front of the Del Campo (9-2) goal line with seconds remaining to preserve the win moments after the Patriots (6-5) had recovered an onside kick. Javone Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and caught another to lead Del Campo. Ray Griffin had a 30-yard touchdown catch and blocked a punt before having to leave in the second half with an ankle injury. Del Campo is making its 17th playoff appearance, having won section D-III titles in 2006 and 2009.
No. 9 Granite Bay 42, No. 8 Downey 31 in Modesto – Ryan MacIntosh rushed for 75 yards and three touchdowns and Christian Fisher had 109 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as the Grizzlies (6-5) defeated the Knights. Ten different Granite Bay rushed for a combined 463 yards. Granite Bay will play the winner of the Grant/Beyer game in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Grizzlies, the fifth-place team out of the SFL, first made the playoffs in 1999, and have played in every playoff since.
No. 1 Central Catholic 42, No. 16 El Camino 0 in Modesto – Justin Rice rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries; Hunter Petlansky threw a touchdown pass and rushed for a score and Montel Bland rushed from two scores to lead the Raiders (11-0) over the Eagles (6-5). The Raiders will play host to Christian Brothers in the next round. Central Catholic, the Valley Oak League champion is in D-III after winning three straight D-IV section titles. The Raiders have a 59-13 career record in 31 playoff appearances with a record 18 section titles. They’ve won 12 section postseason games in a row.
No. 4 Patterson 73, No. 13 Yuba City 42 in Patterson – Michael Lawson rushed for three scores and had two touchdown catches as the Tigers (11-0) defeated the Honkers (4-7).
No. 5 Placer 56, No. 12 River Valley 41 in Auburn – Jared Halbert rushed for four touchdowns and Owen Scott added three rushing touchdowns, including a 67-yarder, as the Hillmen (11-0) held off the Falcons (8-3). Avery Gould threw three touchdown passes, including two to JoJo Penn, and Dante Love rushed for two touchdowns for River Valley. Placer, the Pioneer Valley League champion, is in the postseason for the eighth straight year. Placer will travel to Patterson on Friday.
No. 9 Christian Brothers 27, No 8 Vanden 26 in Fairfield – Braeden Bourke threw two touchdown passes, Jamarri Jackson rushed for two scores, Diego Black had two interceptions and blocked a critical PAT, and the Vikings (7-4) missed a 41-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds as the Falcons (9-2) prevailed on the road.
No. 3 Sierra 24, No. 6 Union Mine 21 in Manteca – Brody Pearman rushed for two touchdowns and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Reed, but it wasn’t enough for the Diamondbacks (7-4) against the Timberwolves (6-5). Marcos Castillo’s 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter proved the difference.
No. 4 Liberty Ranch 45, No. 5 Dixon 22 in Galt – Rick Van Houten threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Westlund and a 42-yard scoring strike to Devin Hardaway, and also rushed for a two-yard score as the Hawks (7-4) defeated the Rams (8-3). D’Lornn McMullen rushed for 69 and six-yard touchdowns for Dixon. Liberty Ranch will play host to No. 8 Sonora in the next round.
No. 2 Capital Christian 49, No. 7 Highlands 6 in Rosemont – Jacob Norville threw touchdown passes of 26 yards to Jaysson Taylor and 11 yards to Marcus Fowler, and D’Marcus Ross and Julian Leslie each rushed for two touchdowns as the Cougars (11-0) downed the Scots (6-5). Capital Christian will host Bear River on Friday.
No. 6 Bear River 20, No. 3 Ripon 0 in Ripon – Jason Voter threw three touchdown passes, including a 65-yarder to Dave Mastrella and a 50-yarder to Ben O’Lena, and the Bruins (8-3) were stellar defensively in beating the Indians (6-5) and snapping a three-game losing streak.
No. 2 Bradshaw Christian 49, No. 7 Amador 15 in Sacramento – Kyle Wilburn threw three touchdown passes, and Quinton Brown and Michael Sinclair returned interceptions 97 and 50 yards, respectively, for touchdowns to lead the Pride (10-1) over the Buffaloes (6-5). Bradshaw Christian will host No. 3 Gustine on Friday.