September 5, 2011
Latest Bee Top 20 football rankings with results, comments, more

Zero week results were easy to log and the teams just as simple to rank.

Now? A bit more dicey.

The Bee's top three teams lost heartbreakers to superb out-of-area teams, all state ranked, and it all happened in order on Saturday.

First, Pleasant Grove fell in double overtime 50-49 to Lincoln of Stockton which plays host to Grant in Week 3 for another major gauge game.

Later in Del Paso Heights, Grant suffered a 24-23 loss to Long Beach Poly, a national figure in prep football for years. The Pacers fell victim to a superb Poly team, the loss of three starting linemen and two blocked kicks.

And later still on Saturday, Del Oro was defeated by Southern Section powerhouse Westlake 30-27 in overtime. How close was the Del Oro setback?

A referee ruled Del Oro quarterback Bobby Heatherington down at the one-inch line on 4th-and-goal when it appeared he got in. Even Westlake coaches thought he got in. Westlake immediately ended the overtime with a field goal.

The easy argument for those who don't appreciate or comprehend ambitious scheduling is to drop Pleasant Grove, Grant and Del Oro and elevate unbeaten teams above them. And that would be absurd, given the strength of the opponents Pleasant Grove, Grant and Del Oro have faced. Who in the region has a more difficult schedule than these three?

In the coming weeks, things will sort themselves out even more.

For now, Grant inches up a spot from No. 2 to No. 1, having lost to the highest rated team in the state in Poly among any foes this weekend. Should Grant topple Lincoln in Week 3, the argument is moot. Should Grant lose to Lincoln, the shuffling starts again.

Pleasant Grove is now No. 2 and Del Oro remains at No. 3 with Granite Bay and Nevada Union remaining steady at No. 4 and 5, respectively, eager to climb.

The Bee's Top 20
1. Grant 1-1
Down three starting linemen and without star linebacker Abnor Toma, the Pacers went toe-to-toe with the Jackrabbits and came away satisfied with the effort, if not the final score. The Pacers at times played terrific defense, especially linebacker Johnathan Iulio, who had an interception and a touchdown. Shaq Thompson was limited with a leg injury and needs to rediscover his game.
Next: Burbank, Saturday

2. Pleasant Grove 1-1
The real issue for the Eagles isn't the loss. The coaches and players can deal with that. Most pressing is the injuries to fullback Shedric Allen (knee), Josh Adams (leg) and Arik Armstead (shoulder), among others. Also of concern is the defense that held Monterey Trail to a touchdown in an opener and gave up so many here. Cody Demps passed for three touchdowns and Mark Jenkins rushed for three.
Next: Fairfield

3. Del Oro 1-1
The Golden Eagles either erupt from here with continued inspired efforts or tumble from the heartbreaking setback. Expect inspired efforts. Blake Covey had a 77-yard touchdown grab from Heatherington, Austin Soldano had an interception return for a score, Brandon Monroe benefitted from a terrific block by Daniel Thomas for a 42-yard scoring run and Alex Bertrando gave Del Oro hope when he blocked the winning field goal attempt with 2.3 seconds to go in regulation.
Next: Clovis West

4. Granite Bay 2-0
Grizzlies fans understandably feel they should be the sudden new No. 1 here, and in time, it very well may happen. One thing that cannot be argued is the effort against powerhouse St. Mary's of Stockton, a 35-28 Grizzlies victory with Brendan Keeney's stamp. He passed for four first-half touchdowns and ran for the winner in the second, and to think he didn't practice all week to rest a sore shoulder. He's a leader and a gutty one at that. Spencer Briare was superb at defensive end/linebacker, as was Gavin Andrews in the trenches, flyback Arik Bird and linebacker Austin Paulhus.
Next: Clovis East.

5. Nevada Union 2-0
And there are those in Grass Valley who want their beloved Miners at No. 1. In time, perhaps. The Miners impressed in the first two games, to be sure, with more challenges looming with Monterey Trail and Elk Grove looming. NU belted Ponderosa 47-0, limiting the Bruins to 79 yards. Connor Keith had three rushing touchdowns, Gabe Humphers had a 72-yard scoring run, Kyle Cota passed for 169 yards and two scores, Josiah Paye had 85 yards and a score and Tanner Vallejo was in on 14 tackles.
Next: Monterey Trail

6. Folsom 1-1
The Bulldogs rebounded nicely, as expected, from its 46-16 opening-night loss to Grant, downing formidable San Ramon Valley 41-29. Tanner Trosin was superb, passing for 293 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 89 and two. The offensive line was strong and the defense had refused to get torched by the No. 3 ranked team in the Bay Area.
Next: Roseville

7. Whitney 1-0The Wildcats had a bye and now gear for rival Rocklin in an overflow home gathering for the Quarry Bowl. Coach Mike Gimenez said the fire marshall will cap the seating at just under 6,000.
Next: Rocklin

8. Franklin 2-0
The Wildcats beat Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland 42-26 after overcoming the case of fumble-drops in the first half. Blake Owensby passed for 192 yards and a score to Trevon Lampley and the offensive line paved the way for 195 tough yards, with Owensby going for 65 total and a touchdown, Steven Rogers 41 and a score and end zone visits by Kiante Toney and Christian Fonbuena. Set Ryan, Joey Banks, Nathan Di Donato, Dionte Young and Greg Brown played well on defense.
Next: Freedom-Oakley

9. Placer 1-0
The Hillmen clobbered Bradshaw Christian 70-8 with the wing-T in high gear - and more difficult opponents looming. The backs include Joe Mangino, Isaac Brache, Michael Robinson, Brenden Packheiser and Casey Sabins.
Next: South Anchorage

10. Roseville 2-0
The Tigers pulled away from a 21-21 game to beat Rio Linda 42-21 in preparing for a rematch game with Folsom, the team that bounced them from the playoffs last season. Casey Lambert rushed for 267 yards and two scores, Gradin Allin had 70 and 1, Zach Cunha passed for 172 and ran for 70 to key the offense. Brad Palitti, Dylan McBride, Ammon Tuimaunei and McCordy Ledesky led the defense.
Next: Folsom

11. Monterey Trail 0-1
The Mustangs had a bye and plenty of time to refine the veer offense, to think about their next foe and to scout. Coach T.J. Ewing never shies from a challenge, which is why he likes to play Pleasant Grove and Nevada Union early.
Next: Nevada Union

12. Oak Ridge 2-0
The Trojans squeezed out a 21-7 win over Rocklin, thanks to a strong rushing game and a punt fake to set up the second touchdown run for Preston Dean, who had 87 yards rushing. Josh Wellman also had a touchdown and Bobby Gatta two interceptions.
Next: Cordova

13. Sheldon 1-1
The Huskies recovered nicely from an opening 33-28 loss to Franklin with 36-13 win at Lodi with all sorts of contributors. Josh Hadley scored twice, Ky Thomas caught another touchdown from Davon Chapple, Cyrus Suarez had an interception return for a score, Jarod Badger scored and had a pick and Darion Jackson led the defensive charge with a team-high in tackles.
Next: Cosumnes Oaks

14. Cosumnes Oaks 2-0
The Wolfpack moved to 2-0 for the first time after beating Kimball 28-18. Marcus Rios ran for two scores and caught two touchdowns from Andrew Williams, who passed for 105 yards and rushed for 82. Now the real challenge looms, across town.
Next: Sheldon

15. Elk Grove 2-0
Thundering Herd belted Valley 77-0 in a running-clock second half. Robert Frazier scored three times and Matt Nugent and Deon Ransom each hit the end zone twice for coach Chris Nixon. Tougher tests loom, to be sure.
Next: Vintage

16. Woodcreek 2-0
Blasting into the rankings for the first time this season, the Timberwolves dropped a 70-54 bomb on previous No. 8 Casa Roble. Mitchell Layton rushed for 134 yards and caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Shaun Mize, who later went out with cramps. No worry. Stephen Nogasek scored three touchdowns and Corion Davis had a late interception to help seal it.
Next: Oakmont

17. Casa Roble 0-1
The Rams are stung, fuming mad and puzzled at how they could yield 70 points to anyone. It happened, and the Rams either recover and respond or buckle. Expect recover under veteran coach Norm Ryan. Mitch Samson had two touchdown passes and one rushing, Cody Jones rushed for 135 yards and Emiliano Lara had 267 yards on kickoff returns - it was that kind of shootout. The Rams fall this far because it got beat at home like this against an unranked team.
Next: Vista del Lago.

18. Burbank 2-0
The Titans beat a very talented Napa team that expects to win the Monticello Empire League this season, 20-13 on the road. Keith Marcus scored three rushing touchdowns, including the game winner with just under three minutes to play. Impressive quarterback Reymond Norton had a 50 yard scoring run and a touchdown pass to Desean Ellingberg and Kareem Green iced it with a late interception.
Next: Grant

19. Del Campo 1-1
The Cougars bounced back from a tough overtime loss to Enterprise-Redding to beat an even tougher Rancho Cotate club 15-14. Tyler Davis, frustrated that he missed against Enterprise, had the game winner here, a shot that seemingly landed a block away. Anthony Rodrigo scored on the ground and Preston Semkiw had a touchdown pass to Isaac Martinez. Del Campo has revamped its offense and vows more production from here.
Next: Jesuit

20. Union Mine 1-0
The Diamondbacks beat El Camino 18-10 as Graham Bennett tossed two touchdown passes, Sean Tow rushed for 219 yards and a score and Shane O'Leary made 11 tackles and had 90 yards in returns.
Next: Colfax
Others: Colfax (2-0); Jesuit (1-0); Pioneer (2-0); Bear River (2-0); Inderkum (0-1)



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