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September 14, 2013Oak Ridge won a matchup of unbeatens while Logan upset No. 19 San Ramon Valley. Here is a recap of Friday's action highlighted by a battle of sophomore quarterbacks in Elk Grove.
Oak Ridge traveled to Elk Grove on Friday night and defeated Franklin 21-13 in a battle of unbeaten. The game featured a pair of sophomore quarterbacks in Ian Book (Oak Ridge) and Lamar Jackson (Franklin). As is usually the case in early season games, the defenses were ahead of the offense with only a Book touchdown pass to Josh Wellman accounting for all of the scoring in the first quarter.
The Trojans followed up with a 67 yard strike from Book to Justin Priest early in the second quarter. Franklin finally got on the scoreboard with four minutes left in the first half on a three yard touchdown from Robert Sanders. Following a scoreless third quarter, the biggest play of the night came on a sack by Oak Ridge's Austin Clark and subsequent fumble recovery inside the Wildcats' 25 yard line. Two plays later, Book hit Priest (10 catches for 128 yards) for his second touchdown to make it 21-7 with 10:54 left. Franklin added a six yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Jabarri Johnson to make the final tally 21-13.
Franklin couldn't get a running game going and had to depend on the pass, which allowed the Trojans to put pressure on Jackson. The Trojans are historically one of the most balanced offenses in the Sacramento area and it was more of the same on Friday with 31 passes to 23 runs. Michael Benton
Vikings win opener
On a night when Palo Alto alum and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was in attendance for the game's coin flip, the spotlight was on Vikings' quarterback Keller Chryst in his home opener against San Benito. Chryst had two passing touchdowns while looking crisp with his footwork and passing motion in the 28-7 win over the Haybalers.
Against a one dimensional rushing offense of San Benito, the Vikings built a comfortable 21-0 halftime lead before allowing the Haybalers to score on their last possession of the game. Chryst was helped out on the offensive end by fullback Andrew Frick, who had both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the game.
Despite being its season opener, Palo Alto's offense was sharp and executed well. The defense contained the San Benito offense while picking up key turnovers to stop any scoring threats early in the game.
San Benito depends on the running game, but needs some balance with the aerial attack to keep defenses honest. The defense should see better days as they faced an elite quarterback who has a solid set of wide receivers. San Benito hung tough, but needs to limit turnovers to be more competitive. Steve Hu
Granite Bay evens record
Granite Bay and Freedom were preseason Top 20 teams, but both were still looking for win No. 1 on September 13. The Grizzlies got off to a 20-0 start on their way to posting a 47-20 win over the Falcons. Arizona commit Tony Ellison scored four rushing touchdowns while Colorado commit Dylan Keeney hauled in two touchdown catches. Granite Bay stayed away from turnovers after having issues against No. 2 Folsom in week one. The Grizzlies will play Vacaville, Pittsburg and Lincoln-Stockton to conclude the non-league.
Freedom 5-star running back Joe Mixon returned a kickoff 94 yards near the end of the second quarter to bring the Falcons within 13. He added a one yard touchdown run later in the game. The Falcons (0-3) have struggled to develop offensive weapons outside of Mixon and saw Granite Bay score on four out of six first half possessions. One of those possessions came with Granite Bay on the goal line before time ran out. Freedom takes on San Leandro and Castro Valley the next two weeks. It will need a quick turnaround to finish above .500 with a challenging schedule ahead. Douglas Benton
Logan upsets San Ramon
In a true shocker, the James Logan Colts beat the Wolves of San Ramon Valley 21-18, handing SRV its first loss of the young season.
After San Ramon came out in its opener at Buhach Colony blasting them 67-30, many experts picked the Wolves to win this game in a landslide. They were wrong as Nevada-commit Ahki Muhammad carried the Wolves on his back. Muhammad had 91 yards and two scores for the Colts. He also had a huge interception on defense returning the ball about 60 yards into San Ramon territory.
San Ramon took a quick 8-0 lead in the first quarter, that was later countered by a Colts touchdown that made it 8-6. The Logan held Matt Winaker to only 184 passing yards. SRV did however get 213 yards on the ground from running back Marcus De La Pena who carries an offer from Wyoming university.
The Colts just came out ready to play today, as they held on by just three points. After half time, San Ramon grabbed a 18-14 lead but would not score again. Logan's defense really stepped up in the end of the third and the 4th.
"Yeah, we just have to continue our game plan into next week, and keep grinding," Said running back Marcus De La Pena.
The Wolves will look to go 2-1 next week as they face a tough opponent in Folsom. The Colts, with a 2-1 record, hope to pick up their first road win next week as they travel to play Heritage. Derek Lytle