SFL roundup: Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Eagles win to close non-league schedule
The Woodcreek Timberwolves matched their win total from last season Friday with a thrilling 48-47 win over Placer.
The Timberwolves trailed 26-13 in the second quarter and were down 34-20 in the third, but 21 points in the fourth quarter and a stop on a potential game-winning two-point try was the difference as Woodcreek improved to 2-3 this season.
Trailing by a touchdown in the fourth, 34-27, Woodcreek tied it up on a Malcolm Johnson receiving touchdown.
Placer’s Logan Strange then put Placer back on top with a 12-yard strike to Bart Every.
Woodcreek answered back with 60-yard touchdown by Lenny Nelson, tying the game at 41 apiece.
The Timberwolves took their first lead of the game, 48-41, with about two minutes left in the game on a Dylan Stacy 10-yard touchdown run.
With less than a minute left in the game Placer’s Cameron Scott scored from 4-yards out to bring the Hillman to within a point, but the two-point try was unsuccessful, and Placer lost for the fourth time in five games this season.
Woodcreek (2-3) opens Sierra Foothill play Friday against Del Oro.
Del Oro 24, St. Mary’s 14
The Golden Eagles concluded a brutal non-league schedule with a 10-point victory over prep power St. Mary’s (Stockton).
Dylan Kainrath put Del Oro on his shoulders Friday, carrying the ball 28 of the 29 times the Golden Eagles ran the ball. The senior finished with 167 yards and three touchdowns.
Del Oro’s defense was the difference, holding the Rams to just two touchdowns and 249 yards from scrimmage. Del Oro’s Tyler Meeter led the team in tackles with 12, and Jacob Nolen had a pair of sacks in the victory.
Friday’s win gives Del Oro non-league wins against Grant, Logan and St. Mary’s to go with non-league losses to De La Salle and Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks).
Del Oro (3-2) opens SFL play Friday at Woodcreek.
Granite Bay 36, Lincoln 21
After dropping their opening-week game to top-ranked Folsom, the Grizzlies of Granite Bay have been on a tear, winning four straight, including Friday’s contest with Lincoln (Stockton).
Quarterback Josh Neal was at the top of his game against Lincoln, hitting on 14-of-16 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Marc Ellis led the team with eight catches for 107 yards and two of the three touchdowns.
The Grizzlies also added 153 yards on the ground coming from nine different backs. Michael Garaghty led the team with 12 carries and 64 yards.
Granite Bay (4-1) starts the SFL season Friday against Roseville.
Rocklin (3-2) bye, Roseville (3-2) bye, Nevada Union (0-5) bye.
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