Victory was sweet for Jason Rossow, but this one pales to his ongoing triumph against cancer.
Just over a year ago, the Pleasant Grove High School football coach was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery, forcing him to sit out the season.
On Friday night, he soaked in his first victory, emotional to the point of tears.
The Eagles rolled Nevada Union 42-15 behind quarterback Jake Ford and a strong defense. Afterward, the players hailed their popular coach.
Last season, Rossow followed his team from afar – often a hospital bed – during a 3-7 season under interim coach Russell Gardner. Rossow vowed to return, just as he vowed to beat cancer as his tumor continues to shrink.
“I am so happy for the kids,” Rossow said. “They have worked so hard, and it’s been such a long year. It just feels good to have Friday nights back in my life, a great sense of normalcy.”
Rossow was moved by family and friends wearing T-shirts reading, “Team Rossow: Crush Cancer.” Among them was Rossow’s father, longtime Elk Grove track coach Tom Rossow.
“So much support for my battle,” said Rossow, whose team faces top-ranked Folsom next.
Rushing record – Highlands senior Isaiah Tenette broke the state’s rushing record for quarterbacks by gaining 465 yards in a wild 84-43 win over Mira Loma. Tenette also ran for seven touchdowns.
Tenette’s rushing total also is the highest in regional history, surpassing James Montgomery’s 449 yards for Cordova in a 42-28 win over Oak Ridge in 2005.
Tenette scored on runs of 60, 19, 46, 69, 80, 52 and 21 yards and added a 75-yard interception return for a score against the Matadors, who have lost 22 consecutive games.
The son of early 1990s Jesuit basketball guard Mike Tenette is an honor student who also excels in basketball and track.
Bulldogs roll – Folsom beat Clovis North 42-25 Saturday night in Fresno as Jake Jeffrey passed for 396 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two. The Bulldogs extended their state-leading regular-season winning streak to 34 dating to 2011.
465 Rushing yardage by Highlands quarterback Isaiah Tenette against Mira Loma
Tackling machine – Derrick Henderson of No. 7 Inderkum had 18 tackles in a 37-34 victory over El Cerrito, giving him a three-year varsity total of 291 and breaking DeAngelo Garrett’s school record of 278. A senior team captain and middle linebacker, Henderson is a 3.5 student generating recruiting interest.
Debut win – Justin Reber won his debut as No. 14 Sacramento High’s coach, 68-0 over El Camino on just 35 offensive plays. Caden Voges passed for 174 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense pitched another shutout.
The Dragons shut out five opponents at home last season, outscoring them 296-0. They host prolific Vista del Lago on Saturday.
396 Passing yardage by Folsom’s Jake Jeffrey against Clovis North
Feasting in Fresno – After beating host Central of Fresno 55-7, No. 2 Grant returns to the Central Section on Friday to face Bullard, ranked fourth by The Fresno Bee, in a meeting of run-heavy 2-0 teams.
Grant is led by a 1-2 backfield combination of Deshawn Collins and Mike Green. Bullard is powered by Charles Williams, who ran for 1,438 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Williams also won the Central Section Masters 200 in 21.55 seconds as his recruiting profile continues to rise.
New QB – With Granite Bay quarterback Brad Fina likely out for the season after breaking his collarbone during a 14-11 victory over Cosumnes Oaks, the Grizzlies will look to senior Kyle Craft and junior Steve Trythel. Both played against Cosumnes Oaks after Fina was hurt. Granite Bay led 14-0 and held on, thanks to a defense led by Sam Cusano, Ryan MacIntosh and Alex Martinez.
Forfeit loss – Bradshaw Christian forfeited its season-opening 61-6 victory over Big Valley Christian of Modesto because the Pride played a transfer student whose paperwork had not been cleared by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
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With last week's ranking
1. Folsom (1) 2-0
2. Grant (2) 2-0
3. Del Oro (3) 1-1
4. Elk Grove (4) 1-0
5. Rocklin (5) 2-0
6. Oak Ridge (6) 2-0
7. Inderkum (8) 2-0
8. Antelope (9) 2-0
9. Granite Bay (10) 2-0
10. Franklin (7) 1-1
11. Jesuit (11) 1-1
12. Placer (12) 2-0
13. Burbank (13) 0-1
14. Sacramento (14) 1-0
15. Bear River (15) 2-0
16. Christian Brothers (17) 2-0
17. Cosumnes Oaks (16) 1-1
18. Roseville (19) 2-0
19. Whitney (-) 1-1
20. Capital Christian (20) 2-0
- Joe Davidson