They’re not all wild shootouts in the wild and wacky Capital Valley Conference.
Sometimes defense matters.
On Friday night in Fair Oaks, No. 15 Del Campo had a late stop to beat No. 14 Cosumnes Oaks 21-14 to keep its championship hopes alive.
Ben Purcell rushed for a three-yard score and threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to sophomore David Joseph and two yards to Tariq Mitchell for the Cougars, who beat Roseville 64-57 in triple overtime on Sept. 25 and Whitney 40-39 on Oct. 2.
Joseph’s 79-yard fumble return set up Del Campo’s winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Purcell finished 11 of 16 for 146 yards, and sophomore Ismael Cisneros rushed for 88 yards on 25 carries.
“We’re getting better,” Purcell said of his team in general.
No. 1 Folsom 56, Nevada Union 7 in Folsom – Tre Green rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns on five carries, Jake Jeffrey was 8 of 11 for 244 yards and three touchdowns, and Eric Davis caught three passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) crushed the Miners (1-6, 0-3) in the Sierra Foothill League.
No. 2 Elk Grove 63, No. 19 Jesuit 14 in Elk Grove – Jayden Machado tossed four touchdown passes, three to Gavin Reinwald, and Ryan Robards rushed for 199 yards and three scores in the Delta League romp.
No. 3 Oak Ridge 36, No. 6 Granite Bay 28 in Granite Bay – Ian Book rushed for a touchdown and threw three touchdown passes, two to Kevin Kassis, and Kassis ran for an 11-yard score as the Trojans (6-1, 3-0) held off the Grizzlies (3-3, 0-2) in the SFL.
No. 4 Grant 34, Pleasant Grove 7 at Sheldon – Deshawn Collins rushed for 220 yards and two scores, and Elijah Orr ran for 88 yards and a touchdown and passed for a score as the Pacers (5-1, 2-1) bounced back from their 42-7 loss to Elk Grove.
David Moala had 10 tackles and Dario Castillo eight, including two sacks, for Grant.
No. 7 Antelope 40, Roseville 35 in Antelope – Devaughn Silver scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard dive with 2:13 to play and Montel Aaron overcame an early interception return for a score to pass for 199 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (6-0, 3-0) edged the Tigers (2-5, 0-4) in the CVC. Davaeon Johnson had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass for Antelope.
Ben Zahniser returned an interception 35 yards for a score and caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Blake Rayback to lead Roseville.
No. 10 Rocklin 28, No. 8 Del Oro 3 in Loomis – Evyn Holtz rushed for three touchdowns, and Chase Hatada had seven tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery as the Thunder (4-2, 1-1) defeated the Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-2) in the SFL. Eric Merino returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a score for Rocklin.
No. 9 Franklin 28, Monterey Trail 18 at Cosumnes Oaks – Rayshawn York rushed for touchdowns of 18 and 15 yards, and Eric Turner ran for a 26-yard score as the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) held off the Mustangs (3-3, 1-2) in the Delta League game.
No. 12 Sacramento 63, Laguna Creek 0 at Cosumnes River College – Caden Voges passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Tariq Hollandsworth rushed for 170 yards and three scores for the Dragons (3-3, 3-0) in Metropolitan Conference play. Voges eclipsed 10,000 career passing yards.
No. 13 Bear River 20, Foothill 7 in Foothill Farms – David O’Brien rushed for touchdowns of 21 and 10 yards, and Austin Baze had an 11-yard touchdown as the Bruins (6-0, 1-0) defeated the Mustangs (1-5, 0-1) in the Pioneer Valley League contest. Foothill, celebrating its 50th year, inducted its first Hall of Fame class during the evening. Leading the way was former coach Frank Negri, who won more than 200 games as the Mustangs’ coach.
No. 16 Whitney 42, Ponderosa 6 in Rocklin – Hunter Rodrigues completed 25 of 31 passes for 275 yards and six touchdowns, four to Justin Kraft, as the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) defeated the Bruins (1-5, 0-3) in CVC play. Matt Chaffin led the Whitney defense with 11 tackles.
No. 17 River Valley 76, Pioneer 12 in Woodland – Avery Gould threw three first-half touchdown passes, two to Clarence Pierson, and Dante Love rushed for two scores as the Falcons (6-1, 3-0) built a 48-6 halftime lead en route to a school-record points total against the Patriots (2-4, 1-1). River Valley, in Yuba City, opened in 2006.
No. 20 Capital Christian 69, Lindhurst 0 in Rosemont – Jacob Norville rushed for a touchdown and threw three touchdown passes, two to Jack Haney and a 67-yarder to Marcus Fowler, and D’Marcus Ross returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown as the Cougars (6-0, 2-0) coasted past the Blazers (4-3, 1-2) in the Golden Empire League.
Bella Vista 46, Oakmont 31 in Roseville – Andreas Litton rushed for four touchdowns, including 78- and 75-yard bursts, and Colton Lobdell threw an 84-yard scoring strike to Glenn Clinton as the Broncos (4-2, 2-1) topped the Vikings (2-4, 0-3) in the CVC.
Lincoln 55, Colfax 21 in Colfax – Elijah Cunningham rushed for three touchdowns, Caleb Kettlehut returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass, and Ryan Graham rushed for two touchdowns as the Fighting Zebras (4-2, 3-1) topped the Falcons (2-4, 2-3) in the Pioneer Valley League.
Davis 38, Sheldon 10 in Davis – Ish Perez rushed for a school-record 301 yards and two touchdowns, Jack Beckman accounted for three scores, and Austin Griffiths had an interception, a fumble recovery and a sack as the Blue Devils (3-3, 1-2) topped the Huskies (2-4, 0-3) in the Delta League.
Union Mine 31, Rosemont 14 in El Dorado – Brody Pearman threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Trevor Reed and five yards to Andrew Vaughn as the Diamondbacks (4-2, 1-0) topped the Wolverines (3-3, 1-1) in the Sierra Valley Conference.
Highlands 55, Encina 7 in North Highlands – Isaiah Tenette rushed for 143 yards and four touchdowns, and passed for two for the Scots on homecoming night in Sierra Delta play. Jamari Bright ran for 121 yards and two scores for Highlands (4-2, 1-1).
Marysville 17, Natomas 6 in Natomas – Chase Tarr threw two touchdown passes, and Hector Gonzalez booted a 37-yard field goal as the Indians (6-1, 2-1) defeated the Nighthawks (3-3, 0-2) in the Golden Empire League.