Section title games play out on gridiron
The Sac-Joaquin Section held a host of riveting football championship games Friday and Saturday, which included an amazing comeback in the final minutes.
Among the four contests in Divisions I, II, III and IV, there were no upsets, as each of the higher seeds defeated its opponent.
Winners were Folsom (D-I), Del Oro (D-II), Manteca (D-III) and Central Catholic (D-IV). All four Section champions were selected to advance to the CIF 2013 Football State Championships this week where they will battle against other elite teams from Northern California for the right to play in their respective State Championship title games.
No. 1 Folsom 49,
No. 3 Oak Ridge 17
Folsom’s junior quarterback Jake Browning was 24-of-34 passing for 300 yards with five passing touchdowns, a pair of rushing scores and one interception as the Bulldogs’ offense couldn’t be stopped.
Oak Ridge made a game of it early taking a 7-0 lead and tied it up 14-14 early in the second quarter after going down, but never regained the lead. At the break Folsom led 28-17 and its defense buckled down in the second half, keeping Oak Ridge out of the end zone the rest of the way.
For Folsom, junior running back Bailey Laolagi had22 carries for 106 yards and senior wide receiver Troy Knox filled up the stat sheet with 10 grabs for 147 yards and four touchdowns. Josiah Deguara, a junior, also hauled in six catches for 83 yards and a score.
Folsom (14-0) will take on De La Salle (13-0) Saturday.
No. 1 Del Oro 20,
No. 3 Elk Grove 19
Trailing 19-0 in the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles of Del Oro High School rallied back to score 20 unanswered points to stun Elk Grove and walk off the field as the D-II Section champs.
Del Oro’s senior quarterback Michael Moore was 14-of-29 passing for 160 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Touchdown grabs were made by sophomore Trey Udoffia, who had two, and senior wide receiver Dylan Kainrath, who had a nine-yard score to tie the game 19-19 with about one minute to go. The PAT gave them the lead. Senior running back Dylan Kainrath led the charge through the trenches with 26 carries for 123 yards. The Golden Eagle’s 20 points all came in the game’s final seven minutes.
Del Oro (12-2) will hook up with Serra (11-2) Friday.
No. 2 Manteca 49,
No. 5 Sacramento 6
In the most lopsided of all the Section’s title games, Manteca really put the hurt on Sacramento with its 339 yards of total offense and stingy defense.
Manteca did most of its work on the ground with six rushing touchdowns, three of which came on scoring sprints of 30, 55 and 56 yards. Senior Alex Laurel, Manteca’s star running back, turned in 160 yards and two touchdowns on his 22 carries. Senior quarterback Joe Menzel had 5-yard rushing touchdown and was 5-of-7 passing for 57 yards and a score. He hooked up with wide receiver Nate Gatehouse for a 33-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-0 at the half.
Sacramento, which had averaged 46.3 points per game going into the game had very little production. Junior Lonny Powell led Sacramento’s offense as he took the hand off 18 times for 137 yards, but never found the end zone. He also forced a fumble on defense and added a 40-yard return. Sophomore quarterback Caden Voges finished 18-of-34 passing for 212 yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
Manteca (13-1) has advanced and will play Enterprise (12-0) Saturday.
No. 1 Central Catholic 24,
No. 2 Hilmar 10
The quest to repeat as D-IV state champs is still alive for Central Catholic as the Raiders took care of business knocking off the 2011 D-IV champion Hilmar Yellowjackets by a pair of touchdowns.
Central Catholic senior running back Matt Ringer torched Hilmar’s defense, rushing 38 times for 243 yards and two touchdown. He averaged over six yards per carry against a defense that had been allowing just 9.8 points per game. Raiders sophomore quarterback Hunter Petlansky was 2-of-3 passing for 42 yards and one touchdown, which went to junior Jared Rice for a 30-yards. Central Catholic opened a comfortable 24-3 lead at halftime with a late 25-yard field goal by Kenny Smart. Hilmar’s Jonathan O’Brien added a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter, but that’s all the Yellowjackets would get.
Central Catholic (13-1) will take the field versus McClymonds (10-2) Saturday.
Check tomorrow’s sports section for a break down of the CIF 2013 Football State Championships.
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