A mixed season, heavy on emotion, suddenly has taken another positive turn for Pleasant Grove High School.
The Eagles posted the area’s biggest upset so far this season, dominating No. 11 Jesuit 48-9 in a Delta League opener in Carmichael on Saturday afternoon.
Senior captain Jake Ford passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one, and running back Darren Chism accounted for three scores for Pleasant Grove (2-2, 1-0).
Ford threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Chism to make it 27-3 at halftime. Chism ran for scores of 13 and 10 yards.
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The Eagles’ Dawson Weber returned an interception 45 yards for a score, and the offensive and defensive lines played well.
The Marauders fell to 2-2 and 0-1.
Pleasant Grove dropped its opener 63-14 to No. 9 Rocklin and suffered a 54-14 loss to top-ranked Folsom.
Eagles coach Jason Rossow was emotionally spent after Saturday’s game. He was awarded the game ball after Pleasant Grove beat Nevada Union 42-15 on Sept. 4, his first victory after he sat out last season while undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
“We have faced some adversity this last year and a half and the kids continue to rise above,” Rossow said.
No. 1 Folsom 27, No. 5 Granite Bay 14 in Granite Bay – Jake Jeffrey accounted for three touchdowns, and Roger Neal made a key interception in the Bulldogs’ victory in a Sierra Foothill League opener.
Folsom (5-0, 1-0) extended its state-leading regular-season winning streak to 37.
Before the game, the Grizzlies (3-1, 0-1) honored former player Victor Dew, a Marine who was killed in action five years ago.
No. 2 Grant 27, No. 10 Franklin 0 in Elk Grove – Michael Cook passed for a touchdown and ran for one, Deshawn Collins rushed for 113 yards and a score, and Mike Green ran for 85 yards and a touchdown as the Pacers (4-0, 1-0) shut out the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) in a Delta opener.
No. 3 Elk Grove 55, Davis 0 in Elk Grove – Ryan Robards rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns and returned a punt 72 yards for a score as the Thundering Herd (4-0, 1-0) routed the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1) to begin Delta play. Jayden Machado passed for 129 yards and hit Gavin Reinwald and Damario McLean for touchdowns, and Julius Fullah returned an interception 35 yards for a score for Elk Grove, which visits Grant on Friday.
No. 4 Del Oro 52, Nevada Union 10 in Loomis – Trey Udoffia caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Stone Smartt, Dalton Gee rushed for a 45-yard score, and the Golden Eagles (2-2, 1-0) returned two interceptions for touchdowns to cruise past the Miners (1-4, 0-1) in an SFL opener. Del Oro plays at Folsom on Friday.
No. 6 Inderkum 48, Yuba City 20 in Natomas – Trajon Cotton passed for two touchdowns and ran for one, and Jimmie Johnson ran for 107 yards and three scores to help the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) beat the Honkers (0-5, 0-1) to start Tri-County Conference action. Inderkum has won 16 consecutive league games.
37 Folsom’s regular-season winning streak
No. 7 Oak Ridge 35, Woodcreek 28 (2 OT) in Roseville – Ian Book threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman, and the Trojans (4-1, 1-0) stopped the Timberwolves (4-1, 0-1) on their second possession of overtime to win the SFL opener.
No. 8 Antelope 55, Ponderosa 21 in Shingle Springs – Montel Aaron passed for 154 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a score; Elijah Dotson rushed for 212 yards and three scores; and Davaeon Johnson had two interceptions as the Titans (4-0, 1-0) cruised past the Bruins (1-3, 0-1) to open Capital Valley Conference play. Two of Dotson’s scoring runs went for 82 and 81 yards.
No. 12 Placer 42, Vista del Lago 39 in Folsom – Marcus Ante threw three touchdown passes of 64, 57 and 27 yards to Owen Scott; Jared Halbert rushed for touchdowns of 61 and two yards; and the Hillmen (5-0) held off a furious Eagles rally for the nonleague win. Scott’s 57-yard touchdown catch gave Placer a 42-27 lead with 8:45 left to play before Colby Carrera rushed for a 12-yard score and Brent Schaeffer connected with Blake Martin for a 13-yard touchdown for Vista del Lago (2-3).
No. 14 Bear River 28, Escalon 14 in Escalon – Jason Voter threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Connor Hollister and a 13-yard scoring strike to Dave Mastrella, and David O’Brien had touchdown runs of 59 and seven yards as the Bruins (4-0) topped the Cougars (3-2) in a nonleague game.
No. 15 Cosumnes Oaks 35, Oakmont 6 in Roseville – Maurice Hayden was 7 of 13 for 133 yards and a touchdown and rushed seven times for 54 yards and a touchdown, and Dante Davis ran for 80 yards and two scores as the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0) raced past the Vikings (2-2, 0-1) in a CVC opener. At halftime, Oakmont honored its first Hall of Fame class, including Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders and former 49ers linebacker Dan Bunz.
No. 16 Whitney 76, Bella Vista 14 in Fair Oaks – Hunter Rodrigues passed for 259 yards and seven touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) over the Broncos (2-2, 0-1) in a CVC opener. Devin Brochini caught four touchdown passes and Justin Kraft three. Kraft also scored a defensive touchdown.
No. 17 River Valley 52, Rio Linda 7 in Rio Linda – Avery Gould passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns, Dante Love rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, and Clarence Pierson ran for a five-yard score and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass as the Falcons (4-1, 1-0) overpowered the Knights (0-5, 0-1) to begin Tri-County Conference play.
No. 20 Capital Christian 68, West Campus 0 in Rosemont – D’Marcus Ross returned two interceptions for touchdowns and scored on a 55-yard punt return, Jacob Norville threw three touchdown passes, and Tino Hutchins had a 90-yard run as the Cougars (4-0, 1-0) defeated the Warriors (1-4, 0-1) in a Golden Empire League opener.
Marysville 37, Lindhurst 0 in Olivehurst – Jacob Sellers rushed for touchdowns of 75 and 22 yards as the Indians (5-0, 1-0) shut out the Blazers (3-2, 0-1) in the 43rd Battle of the Bell game and a GEL opener. Sellers ran for 156 yards on 10 carries, and Marlon Figueroa had 142 yards and a score for Marysville, off to its best start since 1967.
Pioneer 42, River City 33 in Woodland – Elijah Fields rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another, and John Soto returned an interception for a score to lead the Patriots (2-3, 1-0) over the Raiders (1-4, 0-1) in a Tri-County Conference opener.
7 Touchdown passes by Whitney’s Hunter Rodrigues against Bella Vista
Monterey Trail 35, Sheldon 14 at Sheldon – Arnett Belton rushed for 100 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown, Robert Holt hit Neville Bood for a 23-yard score, and Sam Williams had seven tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery, to spark the Mustangs (3-1, 1-0) past the Huskies (2-2, 0-1) to begin Delta play.
Colfax 42, Wheatland 7 in Colfax – Austin Weir threw four touchdown passes, and Lukas Rineer rushed for 121 yards as the Falcons (2-3) ended a three-game skid by defeating the Pirates (1-4) in a nonleague game.
Christian Brothers 28, Rosemont 14 at Hughes Stadium – Jamarri Jackson rushed for two touchdowns, and Braeden Bourke rushed for one and hit Malcolm Anderson for a 14-yard score as the Falcons (4-1) topped the Wolverines (2-2) in a nonleague game. Gabe Pridgen-Daniels ran for an 82-yard touchdown for Rosemont.
Cordova 52, Foothill 46 in Rancho Cordova – Unique Perez threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Devin Baldwin with under a minute left to lift the Lancers (3-2) over the Mustangs (1-3) in a nonleague contest. Perez threw five touchdown passes, three to Baldwin, and rushed for two touchdowns.