The coach didn’t let the kicker try one inside the 30 the previous week.
On Friday night, that coach, John Wiley, gave that kicker, Chris Johnson, the green light to lift the Davis Blue Devils.
Johnson’s game-ending 28-yard field goal gave host Davis a 16-14 upset of No. 2 Elk Grove in a Delta League opener. The Blue Devils (1-3, 1-0) broke a seven-game losing streak.
John Lagattuta completed all 12 of his first-half passes, including touchdowns to Tucker Fisk and Will Smith, and the defense held the prolific Thundering Herd (3-1, 0-1) in check.
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No. 1 Del Oro 42, No. 17 Granite Bay 21 in Granite Bay – Stone Smartt threw for 257 yards, including touchdowns of 53 and 30 yards to Mason Hurst and 55 yards to Matthew Kruger, and rushed for a 3-yard score, as the Golden Eagles (5-0, 1-0 Sierra Foothill League) raced past the Grizzlies (1-4, 0-1). Del Oro’s Cam Davis added a 52-yard touchdown run.
No. 3 Grant 56, No. 9 Franklin 0 in Del Paso Heights – Cameron Davis completed 8 of 14 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns, including 69-, 66- and 75-yard scores to Lawrence Hardy, as the Pacers (4-0, 1-0 Delta) dominated the Wildcats (3-1, 0-1).
7 Touchdown passes by Vista del Lago’s Brent Schaeffer against Placer
No. 4 Rocklin 48, Nevada Union 35 in Grass Valley – Brenden Rakela rushed for four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder, and Cade Wyant threw touchdown passes of 80 yards to Brandon D’Arpa and 36 yards to Garet Ruffner to help the Thunder (4-1, 1-0 SFL) pull away from the Miners (2-3, 0-1).
No. 5 Sacramento 40, Kennedy 20 in Greenhaven – Tariq Hollandsworth rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and led a spirited defense that helped the Dragons (3-1, 1-0 Metropolitan) take a 28-6 halftime lead over the Cougars (2-2, 0-1). Sacramento’s Derek Shelton threw two scoring passes to Anthony Bradley and one to DaVon Owens.
No. 6 Folsom 42, Woodcreek 21 in Folsom – Joe Curry threw three touchdown passes, including two to Drake Stallworth, and the Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0 SFL) rebounded from their upset loss to Sacramento by beating the Timberwolves (2-3, 0-1). Folsom’s Brandon Rupchock returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown and rushed for a 4-yard score.
No. 7 Jesuit 35, Pleasant Grove 20 in Elk Grove – Lorenzo Burkes rushed for touchdowns of 46, 42 and 1 yards, and Calvin Brownholtz threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Evan Panson as the Marauders (3-1, 1-0 Delta) rallied to defeat the Eagles (0-4, 0-1).
No. 8 Antelope 48, Ponderosa 21 in Shingle Springs – Elijah Dotson rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score, and Nick Spagnola threw touchdown passes of 41 and 10 yards to Garrett Chapman as the Titans (4-0, 1-0 Capital Valley) defeated the Bruins (1-3, 0-1).
7 Losing streak broken by Davis
No. 13 Roseville 28, No. 15 Del Campo 24 in Fair Oaks – Nick Martig hit Dominic Rucker for a 29-yard touchdown with 1:27 to play to lift the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 CVC) over the Cougars (2-2, 0-1).
No. 14 Sheldon 27, No. 10 Monterey Trail 22 at Monterey Trail – Chancellor La Chapelle hit Alex Cook for touchdowns of 65 and 9 yards, and Graylon Lindsey iced it with a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to lead the Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Delta) over the Mustangs (3-1, 0-1). Monterey Trail’s Robert Holt had a 65-yard touchdown run.
No. 12 Whitney 50, Bella Vista 0 in Fair Oaks – Jake Cruz completed 10 of 13 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a score as the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 CVC) beat the Broncos (0-4, 0-1). Whitney’s Mark Clark had a 70-yard touchdown catch and a 36-yard scoring run, David Owens caught two touchdown passes.
No. 16 Vista del Lago 56, Placer 14 in Auburn – Brent Schaeffer threw seven touchdown passes, five to Brenden Hall, and rushed for a touchdown to lead the Eagles (3-2) over the Hillmen (1-4) in a nonleague game.
No. 18 Inderkum 51, Pioneer 0 in Woodland – Ryan Jones rushed for touchdowns of 61 and 24 yards, Davion Ross rushed for a 65-yard touchdown and had a one-handed interception, and Trajon Cotton threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Josh Falo as the Tigers (2-2, 1-0 Tri-County) defeated the Patriots (2-3, 0-1).
No. 19 Cosumnes Oaks 28, Oakmont 11 in Elk Grove – Chase Nelson scored on a 28-yard run with 5:04 to play, sealing the win for the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0 CVC) . Cosumnes Oaks stopped the Vikings (3-1, 0-1) on downs at the 1 earlier in the quarter.
Bear River 28, No. 20 El Dorado 7 in Grass Valley – Austin Baze rushed for touchdowns of 10, 3 and 1 yards, and Stephen Taylor added a 7-yard scoring run to spark the Bruins (2-2) to a nonleague win over the Cougars (4-1).