Joe Davidson

Elk Grove bounces back with big win over Grant

Elk Grove Thundering Herd running back Zion Thomas (9) heads down field during the second quarter.
Elk Grove Thundering Herd running back Zion Thomas (9) heads down field during the second quarter.

The smiles were abundant this time, good cheer for one and all.

A week after getting stalled and stymied in Yolo County and losing on a last-play field goal to Davis, Bee-ranked No. 6 Elk Grove High School bounced back big with a 24-17 victory over No. 2 Grant on Friday night in a Delta League thriller at Thunder Stadium.

A focused week of practice and a golden opportunity to address an upset that was either going to define the team or motivate it, the Thundering Herd led 14-0, then pulled away before a late Grant field goal accounted for the final score. Elk Grove (4-1, 1-1) recovered the ensuing onside kick to beat the Pacers (4-1, 1-1) for the second successive season.

Jayden Machado had two touchdown passes to Gavin Reinwald and one to Jonas McMillan, and Zion Thomas rushed for 128 yards. The defense, headed by Reinwald and Jake Bellecci, held Grant largely in check in the first half, though Lawrence Hardy pulled in a 25-yard touchdown from Cam Davis. Hardy also returned a fumble 75 yards for a score.

No. 1 Del Oro 58, Nevada Union 21 in Grass Valley – Camrion Davis rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and Dalton Gee went for 201 and two as the Golden Eagles rolled up 529 rushing yards to blast the Miners in the SFL.

Mason Hurst also had a 40-yard touchdown run, and Israel Luna rushed for a 4-yard touchdown for Del Oro (6-0, 2-0).

No. 4 Sacramento – The Dragons (4-1, 2-0) were granted a forfeit victory in Metropolitan Conference play over Florin, which had its 36-man roster thinned by injuries and eligibility issues.

No. 5 Folsom 42, Granite Bay 0 in Folsom – Joe Curry threw four touchdown passes – two to Jack Sa, who also ran for a touchdown – as the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-0) rolled the Grizzlies (1-5, 0-2) in the SFL. Folsom scored on six possessions before the reserves took over as the Bulldogs warmed up for a game at Del Oro next week.

No. 7 Jesuit 26, Davis 16 in Davis – Calvin Brownholtz completed 20 of 25 passes for 260 yards, hitting Jonathon Amadi for scoring strikes of 25 and 29 yards, as the Marauders (4-1, 2-0) denied the Blue Devils another upset special. Isaiah Rutherford ran for a touchdown, and Jesuit outscored Davis 20-7 in the second half.

No. 10 Whitney 47, No. 15 Del Campo 28 in Rocklin – Jake Cruz passed for 385 yards and six touchdowns, including two to Royce Haight and an 82-yarder to Willie Brocchini, for the Wildcats (4-1, 2-0) in the Capital Valley Conference. Justin Kraft had 198 receiving yards and a score, and Brocchini had two interceptions.

No. 8 Antelope 48, Oakmont 22 in Roseville – Elijah Dotson rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns to power the Titans (5-0, 2-0) past the Vikings in the CVC.

No. 9 Oak Ridge 35, Woodcreek 14 in El Dorado Hills – Marco Baldacchino rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 73 yards in three quarters as the Trojans (4-1, 1-0) rolled the Timberwolves in the SFL. Michael Pittman rushed for 119 yards and a score for Oak Ridge.

No. 11 Roseville 42, No. 18 Cosumnes Oaks 24 in Roseville – Dom Rucker returned an interception for a touchdown and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Jeriah Crawley returned an interception 56 yards for a score to rally the Tigers (5-0, 2-0) past the Wolfpack (3-2, 1-1) in the CVC on homecoming night. Cosumnes Oaks led 24-7 late in the second quarter, but Sam Toomey returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown just before halftime, and Brendan McMinn ran for an 11-yard touchdown to cut the gap to 24-21 in the third quarter.

No. 13 Monterey Trail 35, Pleasant Grove 16 in Elk Grove – Robert Holt rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns, scored on a pair of two-point conversions and made nine tackles, including two for losses, and forced a fumble as the Mustangs (4-1, 1-1) prevailed in the Delta. Wayne Doroen, the line leader for Monterey Trail, had seven tackles, including two sacks.

No. 14 Franklin 20, No. 12 Sheldon 17 at Cosumnes Oaks High School – Nate Lindemann booted two second-half field goals, including the game winner with 2:10 to play, to rally the Wildcats (4-1, 1-1) over the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) in the Delta on Franklin’s homecoming night. Jalen Lampley rushed for 101 yards and a score, and Brady Johnson had 102 receiving yards.

No. 17 Inderkum 43, Yuba City 33 in Yuba City – Tarik Bible returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown with 1:21 left and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Trajon Cotton to lead the Tigers (3-2, 2-0) over the Honkers in the Tri Country Conference. Yuba City had pulled within 36-33 on BrenndonShalowitz’s 1-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run with 1:35 remaining. Cotton also threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Falo, Davion Ross rushed for two touchdowns, and Deo Robinson had a 63-yard touchdown run for Inderkum. Shalowitz rushed for two scores, and Bryce Rogers threw two touchdown passes for the Honkers.

Sutter 31, No. 20 Bear River 6 at Sutter High School – James McHugh rushed for a 27-yard touchdown and booted a 34-yard field goal to lead the Huskies (5-0) of the Northern Section over the Bruins (2-3). Bradley Dzioba threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Turner for Bear River. Sutter avenged a 21-14 nonleague loss to the Bruins in last year’s meeting between the small-school powers.

Christian Brothers 35, Stagg 32 in Stockton – Jamarri Jackson had touchdown runs of 44, 6 and 3 yards, and Tyler Green returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Falcons (3-2) topped the Delta Kings (2-3) in a nonleague game.

River City 33, Pioneer 8 in West Sacramento – John Rickey Liddell III and Josh Nelson each rushed for two touchdowns as the Raiders (4-2, 2-0) topped the Patriots (2-4, 0-2) in the TCC.

River Valley 40, Rio Linda 26 in Yuba City – Jerry Lizama-White caught two touchdown passes, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and blocked a an extra-point attempt to lead the Falcons (1-4, 1-0) over the Knights (2-4, 0-2) in the TCC.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD. The Bee’s Bill Paterson contributed to this report.

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