You have to grow up fast in a rivalry game, and Cade Wyant suddenly doesn’t feel like such an inexperienced varsity football player anymore.
The Rocklin High School sophomore came off the bench on Friday night in the biggest game of his young life, in injury relief, and hit Garet Ruffner for the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to spark the No. 5 Thunder past No. 11 Whitney 18-17 in the seventh Quarry Bowl.
Wyant took over for starter Michael Nolan, sidelined with a shoulder injury. Brenden Rakela rushed for 150 yards on 30 carries for Rocklin (2-1), which lost its opener 21-20 in the final moments to Grant.
Whitney’s Preston Eklund had touchdown passes of 57 yards to Willie Brocchini and 56 yards to Mark Clark.
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No. 1 Folsom 55, Pleasant Grove 0 in Sacramento – Joe Curry passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns, two to Drake Stallworth, and Eric Davis had 196 yards rushing and receiving and two scores as the Bulldogs (3-0) ran their state-leading regular-season winning streak to 48 and Sac-Joaquin Section streak to 52.
No. 2 Del Oro 16, Bellarmine 14 in San Jose – Cam Davis ran for a 1-yard touchdown, Stone Smartt hit Mason Hurst for a 52-yard touchdown, and Hurst accounted for both two-point conversions as the Golden Eagles held off the Bells of the Central Coast Section. Del Oro (3-0) recorded a late sack to thwart a tying two-point conversion attempt and ran out the clock.
No. 3 Elk Grove 65, Lincoln-Stockton 12 in Elk Grove – Jayden Machado threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers to lead the Thundering Herd (2-0). Also for Elk Grove, Andruw Martinez returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown and rushed for a 5-yard score, Davon Frazier returned a kickoff 57 yards for a score, Damario McLean returned an interception 32 yards for a score and Hunter Petracek booted a 32-yard field goal. Gavin Reinwald had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown for Elk Grove.
No. 4 Grant 52, Clackamas 24 in Del Paso Heights – Tyree Marcelle rushed 16 times for 282 yards and scored on runs of 65, 62, 55 and 50 yards to power the Pacers (3-0) past the No. 6-ranked team from Oregon. Cam Davis hit Lawrence Hardy for a 22-yard touchdown for Grant, which led 17-0, then trailed 21-17 against the Cavaliers. Hardy also had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.
No. 6 Oak Ridge 49, No. 17 Burbank 14 in El Dorado Hills – Marco Baldacchino passed for 172 yards and four touchdowns – one each to Austin Eastman, Michael Pittman, Kyle Brown and Justin Poerio – for the Trojans (3-0).
No. 9 Antelope 49, Woodcreek 28 in Roseville – Elijah Dotson rushed for touchdowns of 62 and 52 yards and caught an 83-yard touchdown pass from Nick Spagnola to lead the Titans (3-0). Spagnola and Devin Dye each rushed for two touchdowns.
No. 12 Monterey Trail 62, No. 13 Vista del Lago 42 in Folsom – Robert Holt passed for 222 yards and five touchdowns, ran for 101 yards and made eight tackles for the Mustangs (3-0). Jehiel Budgett rushed for 112 yards and two scores and caught two touchdown passes, and Aztlan Lopez had 13 tackles.
No. 14 Roseville 34, River Valley 6 in Yuba City – Brendan McMinn rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns, and Nick Martig threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Josh Clark and rushed for a 4-yard touchdown to lead the Tigers (3-0).
Nevada Union 21, Lincoln 14 (OT) in Lincoln – Dawson Fay rushed for a 3-yard touchdown and scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge, and the Miners (2-1) stopped the Zebras on fourth and 1 in overtime.
El Camino 70, Pioneer 14 in Sacramento – Dale Armstrong rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles led 42-6 at halftime.
Woodland 18, Foothill 15 in Foothill Farms – Reserve quarterback Ruben Morales threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Truman Linney on fourth and 15 with 25 seconds to play to rally the Wolves (2-1) over the Mustangs (1-2).
Vacaville 49, Yuba City 0 in Vacaville – With four of their five varsity coaches out because of the Yuba City Teachers Association strike, the Honkers sputtered against the Bulldogs, who rushed for 438 yards and seven touchdowns.
Highlands 39, Florin 20 in Sacramento – Gerald Davis rushed for three touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and threw a touchdown pass as the Scots (2-0) topped the Panthers (1-1). Darian Houston threw two touchdown passes, and Stanley Wimberly caught two touchdown passes for Highlands.
Center 8, River City 0 in Antelope – Louie Bonds caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Lesly to lead the Cougars (3-0) over the Raiders (1-2).