Joe Davidson

Prep football roundup: Top-ranked Folsom rolls on with new cast of leaders and stars

Another game, another opponent, another victory.

Life continues to be good for the Folsom Bulldogs, who have devoured all comers in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

On Friday night on Florin Road, The Bee’s top-ranked outfit pulled away from a 14-14 score early in the second quarter and rolled past No. 18 Burbank 56-20 to cap nonleague play with a head of steam entering an intriguing and challenging Sierra Foothill League schedule.

Jake Jeffrey continued his hot start for Folsom (4-0) as the successor of record-setting quarterback Jake Browning, now starting at Washington. As poised and confident as he is effective, Jeffrey passed for 276 yards and five touchdowns, four in the first half. He hit Christian Huber for a 36-yard score, Jack Sa for a 6-yard touchdown, Huber again from 49 and Tre Green from 20, and then capped his night with a 31-yard strike to Huber.

Folsom also showed balance with a proficient running attack. Green ran for 94 yards and scores of eight yards and one yard, and Drake Stallworth punctuated a strong defensive game for the Bulldogs with a 91-yard touchdown return on a fumble recovery with 1:35 left to play. He scooped up a bouncing ball and bolted the other way.

5Touchdown passes by Folsom’s Jake Jeffrey in a win over Burbank

Folsom extended its state-best regular-season winning streak to 36. Folsom last lost to a regular-season foe – or anyone from its section – in 2011. Since then, Folsom has won three section Division I championships, a NorCal title and a CIF State Division I championship, capping a 16-0 season last year. The last two losses for Folsom came against national superpower De La Salle of Concord, in the 2012 and 2013 NorCal Open Division title games. De La Salle has a 261-game unbeaten streak against NorCal teams since 1991.

Erik Brown ran for two scores and Michael Roots rushed for 202 yards for the Titans, perhaps the best 0-3 team in the state. Burbank lost to No. 2 Grant and No. 5 Oak Ridge in a treacherous schedule designed to help the Titans develop. Burbank looms as the overwhelming favorite to repeat as the Metropolitan Conference champion.

No. 3 Elk Grove 48, Yuba City 14 in Yuba City – The Thundering Herd’s Ryan Robards rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception 20 yards for a score. Julius Fullah rushed for 129 yards and three scores, and Daryn Menefee returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown for the Thundering Herd (3-0). Elk Grove had 465 yards of offense. Robards had 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

Reed 54, No. 5 Oak Ridge 42 in Sparks, Nev. – Notre Dame verbal commit Ian Book completed 24 of 31 passes for 402 yards and five touchdowns, including four to Tommy Dunnigan, for the Trojans. Oak Ridge (3-1) took a 42-41 lead on a Kevin Kassis scoring strike to Graves Mercado with 7:04 to play, but the Raiders (4-0) scored twice to put the game away.

No. 6 Inderkum 57, Oakland Tech 12 in Natomas – Raekwon Turner ran for three touchdowns, and the Tigers’ defense dominated again behind linebacker leader Derrick Henderson. Inderkum (4-0) led 50-6 at halftime.

No. 9 Granite Bay 42, Vacaville 7 in Vacaville – Kyle Kraft threw four touchdown passes, including three to Scott Henrichs, to lead the Grizzlies (3-0) over the Bulldogs (1-2). Sam Cusano rushed for a six-yard touchdown and had an interception, Hunter Chattin ran for a 40-yard score, and Ethan Milner blocked a field-goal attempt for Granite Bay.

No. 12 Placer 50, Rio Americano 7 in Auburn – Morgan Rein-robinson rushed for three touchdowns as the Hillmen (4-0) rolled the Raiders (0-4). Owen Scott caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Ante and rushed for a four-yard touchdown, and Andres Prieto had a 69-yard punt for the Hillmen.

Pleasant Valley 35, No. 17 River Valley 21 in Chico – Brandt Hughes threw three touchdown passes and Ryan Busby had a touchdown catch and an interception as the Vikings (4-0) defeated the Falcons (3-1).

Woodcreek 31, Ponderosa 13 in Shingle Springs – Matt Miller threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Kenny McGloan, Matthew Gordon threw a 28-yard scoring strike to Davion Andrews, and Anthony Mahr and Isaiah Ajayi rushed for a touchdown as the Timberwolves (4-0) topped the Bruins (1-2).

Davis 36, Edison-Stockton 0 in Davis – Cole Morse rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jack Beckman to lead the Blue Devils (2-1) over the Vikings (0-3). Jack Hoal had an interception to set up a nine-yard Morse touchdown run and scored on a 25-yard pass from Beckman.

Nevada Union 35, Pioneer 12 in Woodland – Tyler Nielson rushed for 13-yard and one-yard touchdowns and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to lead the Miners (1-3) over the Patriots (1-3). Drew Heaps’ fumble recovery and Kase Scott’s interception set up two of Nielson’s touchdowns. Justin Houlihan and Owen Day also had rushing touchdowns for Nevada Union.

Vista del Lago 34, Bradshaw Christian 14 at Folsom High – Brent Schaeffer threw four touchdown passes and Ney Vencer returned an interception 12 yards for a touchdown to lead the Eagles (2-2) over the Lions (3-1).

Golden Sierra 31, Colfax 28 in Garden Valley – Jeff Gale returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown and Reily Prine rushed for a 41-yard touchdown to lead the small-school Grizzlies (2-1) to an upset of the Falcons (1-3). It was Golden Sierra’s first win over Colfax since 1996. Austin Weir threw three touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Spencer Gutierrez, for Colfax (1-3).

5Touchdown passes by Folsom’s Jake Jeffrey in a win over Burbank

Highlands 37, Natomas 25 in North Highlands – Isaiah Tenette iced it with an 80-yard touchdown run for the Scots (3-1), who denied Natomas its first 4-0 start. Tenette ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 203 and two scores.

San Juan 43, Quincy 25 at San Juan – Romeo Johnson caught three touchdown passes from Tony Murphy and ran for a score for the Spartans (2-1).

Marysville 26, Oroville 12 in Marysville – Cornell Greenwood returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown and Taryn Dolan had a 26-yard interception for a score to lead the Indians (4-0) over the Tigers (0-3). Marysville had four interceptions, and Greenwood also recovered a fumble. The Indians are 4-0 for the first time since 1967.

Oakmont 37, Casa Roble 15 in Roseville – Jake Knapp threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Connor Gagain and Anthony Wiley rushed for a 48-yard touchdown as the Vikings (2-1) downed the Rams (1-3) on homecoming. Oakmont is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

El Camino 37, River City 12 in West Sacramento – Dale Armstrong rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles (2-2) forced seven turnovers in a win over the Raiders (1-3). Alberto Lara rushed or 110 yards on 11 carries and Ty Harkleroad had 12 tackles for El Camino.

Byes – Teams that had Week 3 byes: No. 2 Grant, No. 4 Del Oro, No. 7 Antelope, No. 10 Franklin, No. 11 Jesuit, No. 14 Bear River, No. 15 Cosumnes Oaks, No. 16 Whitney, No. 19 Roseville and No. 20 Capital Christian.

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

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