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Prep notes: Little East Nicolaus puts up big numbers in football

Sheldon High’s Alex Cook (2), runs for a touchdown in a high school football game against Monterey Trail on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Elk Grove. Sheldon won 27-22 and is ranked 12th this week in the The Bee’s Top 20. The Huskies (4-0) were No. 14 last week. Monterey Trail (3-1) dropped from No. 10 to 13th.
Sheldon High’s Alex Cook (2), runs for a touchdown in a high school football game against Monterey Trail on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Elk Grove. Sheldon won 27-22 and is ranked 12th this week in the The Bee’s Top 20. The Huskies (4-0) were No. 14 last week. Monterey Trail (3-1) dropped from No. 10 to 13th. Special to The Bee

The momentum continues in Sutter County for a small-school team that plays big.

East Nicolaus, the 2015 CIF State Division VI-AA champion, is 5-0. The Spartans, with an enrollment of 320, have beaten Fall River 36-7, Colusa 53-28, Ripon Christian 46-7, Pierce 47-0 and Live Oak 58-20. They have a bye this week and open Mid-Valley League play Oct. 7.

East Nicolaus, of the Northern Section, has won 16 consecutive games under coach Travis Barker, an alumnus who fondly refers to his school as “home forever.” The Spartans are averaging 373.6 rushing yards and have run for 27 touchdowns. Steven Brown has passed for 629 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 494 yards and six scores. Nolan Goyet has rushed for 539 yards and 11 touchdowns.

175 All-purpose yards by Pleasant Grove’s Dawson Weber in a loss to Jesuit on Friday

Elk Grove drops – After being upset 16-14 at unranked Davis on Friday, Elk Grove slipped four spots to No. 6 in The Sacramento Bee’s Top 20. Elk Grove hosts No. 2 Grant on Friday. Davis will enter the rankings if it pulls off another shocker. The Blue Devils host No. 7 Jesuit on Friday.

Cal-Hi Sports’ Sac-Joaquin Section rankings were not nearly as kind, dropping the Thundering Herd from No. 3 to No. 24. Those section rankings have Del Oro first, Grant second, St. Mary’s of Stockton third, Rocklin fourth, Sacramento fifth, Folsom sixth and Jesuit seventh.

Pioneer coach bows out – Scott Stephens stepped down as Pioneer’s coach last week in what was deemed a mutual decision with school administration after a 2-0 start turned into a 2-2 season with two blowout losses.

After beating Natomas 29-18 and Fairfield 26-14, the Patriots fell to El Camino 70-14 and Rio Americano 58-0. Stephens has coached in the Woodland Joint Unified School District for 18 years at various levels. He went 8-16 at Pioneer, where his daughters, Abbey and Kylie, play volleyball.

Freshman coach Richard Church replaced Stephens, and in his first game, the Patriots lost 51-0 to Inderkum on Friday. Stephens is the second area coach to resign this season. Jason Rossow stepped down at Pleasant Grove on Sept. 12 to focus on his health and hopes to return next season.

373.6 East Nicolaus’ rushing average in its 5-0 start

Pleasant Grove impact – Pleasant Grove is 0-4, but it’s not for lack of effort by Dawson Weber.

The senior wide receiver/defensive back was stellar Friday, accumulating 175 all-purpose yards in a 35-20 loss to Jesuit. Weber caught two touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder, from Sam Whiting.. Weber also had two interceptions, giving him five this season, tied with Gilberto Macias of Willows for the most in Northern California

Foothill honors – Foothill inducted its latest Hall of Fame class Friday. The honorees:

▪ John Hoaglund, the boys basketball coach from 1969 to 1983. His teams went 46-3 during the 1978-79 and ’79-80 seasons with a 35-game winning streak. They became known as “Hoaglund’s Heroes” and were serenaded by the school band playing the theme from the TV show “Hogan’s Heroes.” His top players included Richard May, David Webber and Phil Wiechec.

▪ The 1994 CIF State Division III championship boys basketball team, coached by Drew Hibbs, who still guides the Mustangs. Foothill went 30-5, was led by Bee All-Metro forward Rick Gonzales and snapped the 28-game winning streak of Pacifica of Garden Grove in the final, winning 81-61 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

▪ Track star T’Keyah Birkley, who won two section titles in the hurdles.

▪ Campus and community leaders Carol Clark and Charlie Sherman. Clark, a public safety officer for 14 years, died of cancer this summer. Sherman led a grass-roots effort to get a football stadium built on campus. Foothill played home games at Highlands Bowl from 1965 to 2003.

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The Bee’s Top 20

With last week’s ranking:

1. Del Oro (1) 5-0

2. Grant (3) 4-0

3. Rocklin (4) 4-1

4. Sacramento (5) 3-1

5. Folsom (6) 4-1

6. Elk Grove (2) 3-1

7. Jesuit (7) 3-1

8. Antelope (8) 4-0

9. Oak Ridge (11) 3-1

10. Whitney (12) 3-1

11. Roseville (13) 4-0

12. Sheldon (14) 4-0

13. Monterey Trail (10) 3-1

14. Franklin (9) 3-1

15. Del Campo (15) 2-2

16. Vista del Lago (16) 3-2

17. Inderkum (18) 2-2

18. Cosumnes Oaks (19) 3-1

19. Liberty Ranch (–) 4-1

20. Bear River (–) 2-2

Dropped out: Granite Bay, El Dorado

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Friday’s schedule

Kickoffs between 7-7:30 p.m.

Top 20

No. 1 Del Oro at Nevada Union

No. 2 Grant at No. 6 Elk Grove

No. 4 Sacramento vs. Florin at Monterey Trail

Granite Bay at No. 5 Folsom

No. 7 Jesuit at Davis

Woodcreek at No. 9 Oak Ridge

No. 8 Antelope at Oakmont

No. 15 Del Campo at No. 10 Whitney

No. 18 Cosumnes Oaks at No. 11 Roseville

No. 14 Franklin vs. No. 12 Sheldon at Cosumnes Oaks

Pleasant Grove vs. No. 13 Monterey Trail at Sheldon

No. 17 Inderkum at Yuba City

No. 20 Bear River at Sutter

Byes: No. 3 Rocklin, No. 16 Vista del Lago, No. 19 Liberty Ranch

Other games

Bella Vista at Ponderosa

Christian Brothers at Stagg-Stockton

Delta at Woodland Christian

Dixon vs. Mesa Verde at San Juan

Encina at Bradshaw Christian

Highlands vs. Rio Americano at Del Campo

Johnson vs. McClatchy at Hughes Stadium

Kennedy vs. Valley at Cosumnes River College

Lindhurst at Marysville

Laguna Creek at Burbank

Pioneer at River City

Quincy at Foresthill

Rosemont at Franklin-Stockton

Rio Linda at River Valley

San Juan at Golden Sierra

Union Mine at University Prep-Redding

Winters at Bret Harte


Capital Christian vs. West Campus at Burbank, 6 p.m.