Traditionally, area high school football teams have scheduled local opponents for nonleague games.
It was cheaper, and playing teams from other sections didn’t become fashionable until the CIF State Bowl games began in 2006.
The region’s most entertaining games in Week 2 involved local powers against highly ranked teams from other areas.
On Friday, Bellarmine of San Jose, ranked No. 1 by the San Jose Mercury News, rallied for a 34-31 victory over host Del Oro, The Sacramento Bee’s No. 4 team. One week earlier, Bellarmine routed Franklin 42-0, and Del Oro lost 22-15 on the final play to Punahou, the four-time defending Hawaii Division I champion, at Cal.
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It was a good wake-up call for us.
Grant coach Mike Alberghini on playing Bullard of Fresno
On Saturday, Grant, ranked No. 2 by The Bee, rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit for a 21-14 victory over Bullard, The Fresno Bee’s No. 2 team. The Pacers’ Deshawn Collins rushed for 135 yards and a score, and Mike Cook passed for a touchdown and scored the winner on a short keeper late. Elijah Orr, Jemil Johnson and David Moala led the defense in a victory that could have a lasting impact.
Bullard coaches were so eager to play they offered to make the three-hour-plus trip to Del Paso Heights after Friday’s scheduled game in Fresno was called off because of poor air quality from wildfires. Bullard and Grant wanted to measure themselves against each other, and the Pacers have had difficulty convincing local teams to play them.
In back-to-back weeks, Clovis North of Fresno lost to Franklin 30-24 and Folsom, The Bee’s top-ranked team, 42-25.
Bellarmine, Bullard, Clovis North, Del Oro, Folsom and Grant expect to win section titles, and a new CIF rule starting this season will send every section champion to a NorCal Regional title game. Bullard could play Grant again, or perhaps Folsom, and Bellarmine also could face another local team.
“It was a good wake-up call for us,” Grant coach Mike Alberghini said of playing Bullard. “Bullard had great intent to win the game. They were well prepared and played really well. We’ve had several teams play out-of-area teams and do well. It’s a good way to get some cross-sectional matchups in, to see how we do.”
Next month, De La Salle, the national power from Concord, plays at Granite Bay and hosts Del Oro. De La Salle, which lost its opener 26-21 to Trinity of Euless, Texas, in Mansfield, Texas, is unbeaten in 262 games against Northern California teams since 1991.
Holy rout – Beau Bisharat – playing in honor of his grandfather, Ray Bitterman, who died Thursday – helped lead No. 11 Jesuit past Christian Brothers 51-9 in the Holy Bowl on Saturday at Hughes Stadium.
The Stanford-bound senior rushed for a Holy Bowl-record 315 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries, including 219 yards and three touchdowns in the first half on seven carries. Dalvin Jamal-Milton rushed for three second-half touchdowns for Jesuit. Christian Brothers’ Jamarri Jackson ran for 128 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown.
Jesuit has won six consecutive Holy Bowls and 13 of the last 14.
Streak ends – Sacramento’s home shutout streak ended at six games Saturday, though the No. 13 Dragons continued to win, beating Vista del Lago 42-28 as Caden Voges passed for 442 yards and six touchdowns, including three to Elijah Trosclair and two to Da Von Owens.
Vista del Lago is the first team to score against the Dragons in Oak Park since the 2013 season. Last season, the Dragons shut out five opponents at home by a combined 296-0.
No. 8 Rocklin visits Sacramento on Saturday.
315 Rushing yards by Jesuit’s Beau Bisharat in the Marauders’ Holy Bowl victory over Christian Brothers
Bye week – With teams allowed 11 weeks to play a 10-game regular-season schedule, this is a bye-heavy week as league openers approach. Teams ranked by The Bee that have the week off are Grant (2), Del Oro (4), Antelope (7), Franklin (10), Jesuit (11), Bear River (14), Cosumnes Oaks (15), Whitney (16), Roseville (19) and Capital Christian (20).
Brooks-Brown shot, released – Utah freshman running back Marcel Brooks-Brown, a 2013 and 2014 Sacramento Bee All-Metro selection from Rio Linda, was shot twice in the torso during an off-campus party late Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
In a text message, Brooks-Brown said he was released from the hospital Sunday after being shot twice by a man who tried to crash the party. Brooks-Brown said he expects to recover fully.
Teammate Lo Falemaka, a sophomore tight end, also was shot and expected to recover fully. He is expected to be released from the hospital in about a week.
Police were searching for three suspects.
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The Bee’s football Top 20
3. Elk Grove
4. Del Oro
5. Oak Ridge
9. Granite Bay
14. Bear River
15. Cosumnes Oaks
17. River Valley
20. Capital Chr.