Another week, another shakeup in the rankings.
A closer look...
The Bee's Top 20
1. Pleasant Grove 3-1
The Eagles inched up a spot after Grant lost to Lincoln of Stockton by an avalanche. Lincoln beat Pleasant Grove 50-49 in double overtime. On Friday, the Eagles routed McNair of Stockton 77-7 as Cody Demps hit D.J. Dunn for two touchdowns, the Eagles rushed for 341 yards (Mark Jenkins led the way with 147) and scored eight times. Colin Serne, Isaiah Saunders, Mark Jenkins and Alex Moreno each had a sack, with Moreno also blocking a punt. Wyatt Demps had an interception.
Next: vs. Roseville
2. Del Oro 3-1
The Golden Eagles beat Oak Ridge 49-29 with second half run-game dominance that should make the rest of the Sierra Foothill League schools nervous. Del Oro rushed for 358 yards, with Nick O'Sullivan powering for 156 and Brandon Monroe sprinting for 193 and two highlight touchdowns. Bobby Heatherington passed for 125 yards and hit Blake Covey for a score. The offensive line of Kevin Love, Dalton Hudec, Zach Heat, Logan Lamb and Ashwin Cardenas is as good a unit as you will find anywhere in the section. The defense held Oak Ridge to 75 yards in 22 carries. Coach Casey Taylor said his bunch is "The best team in the city." They're playing like it, too.
Next: at Oakmont
3. Nevada Union 4-0
The Miners handed Chico its first loss 32-21 to prepare for red-hot Elk Grove. Kyle Cota passed for 176 yards, Nate Dickinson rushed for 64 in his first start with two scores, Josiah Paye had a 54-yard touchdown run, Gabe Humphers ran with fury and scored and Tanner Vallejo and Hank Humphers combined for 24 tackles. Tyler Houlihan and Brandon Loper each had interceptions, with Loper's late pick sealing matters.
Next: vs. Elk Grove
4. Grant 2-2
The Pacers played at Lincoln without QB Terry Shine, late-scratch blue chip star Shaq Thompson, two ace linebackers and a total of eight starters with every injury one could imagine. Still, Grant coach Mike Alberghini said no excuses here as Lincoln rolled in the second half for a 56-20 victory. Thrust into action and playing for the first time since he was a freshman, impressive junior QB Isaiah Rios had three first-half touchdown passes, two to Laychaun Jones. But far too many mistakes only made it easier for a terrifically talented Trojans team that also has a win over Pleasant Grove. Grant has a bye to sort things out.
Next: vs. Merced, Sept. 30
5. Folsom 3-1
The short-handed Bulldogs played at tough Deer Valley without starting receivers Doug Vernon, Carson McMurtrey and Phillip Carter and center Travis Walker yet survived because quarterback Tanner Trosin insisted on it. The senior leader completed 34 of 49 passes for a Northern California record 601 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-46 win in Antioch. Trosin's last pass was on 4th and 15, a 40-yard scoring strike to J'Juan Muldrow. Trosin gutted out a severely sprained ankle. Muldrow had 10 catches for 251 yards and three scores and sophomore Troy Knox had 14 for 248. The bye week is here, a perfect chance to heal and rest.
Next: at Casa Roble, Sept. 30
6. Granite Bay 3-1
The Grizzlies lost at formidable Vacaville 38-27 as they were outscored 17-3 in the second half. Granite Bay rushed for 291 yards, led by Arik Bird's 216 and a score. Bird also blocked a punt for a touchdown. Brendan Keeney tossed a touchdown pass. Perfect time for bye week is now.
Next: at Pittsburg, Sept. 30.
7. Elk Grove 4-0
The Herd is the Word again. Elk Grove shattered Sheldon 51-7 with Deon Ransom rushing for 179 yards and three touchdowns, Robert Frazier going for 187 and two and returning an interception for a score and Jeremiah McNeal returning a fumble for a score. The offensive line, headed by Steven Moore and Watson Tautuiaki, was again terrific, as was the defense, headed by Matt Nugent and brothers Noah and Josh Letuligasenoa. Sheldon, a prolific running team, had minus-8 yards on 30 rush attempts with leading rusher Josh Hadley held to minus-15 yards on 13 carries. More challenges loom.
Next: at Nevada Union
8. Rosevile 3-1
Casey Lambert rushed for 256 yards and scored thee total touchdowns and Zac Cunha passed for 174 and two scores to key a 49-22 win over rival Oakmont. Dominic Hernandez and Grady Allin helped lead the defense which came up with two interceptions and three sacks.
Next: vs. Pleasant Grove at Sheldon
9. Oak Ridge 3-1
The Trojans went toe-to-toe with Del Oro before falling in the second half 49-29. Jason Samuels passed fro 225 yards and had touchdown strikes to Lance Berringer, Brandon Herd and Byron Spain. Trojans hope to get defensive lineman brute Xavier Lopez back soon. He missed the Del Oro game with an injury.
Next: at Fairfield, Sept. 30
10. Franklin 2-1
The Wildcats had a bye, all the more time to iron out the wrinkles of their only loss, 28-21 to Freedom of Oakley.
Next: at Jesuit, Saturday
11. Placer 2-1
The Hillmen are fuming after seven turnovers - completely uncharacteristic for this bunch - helped allow Casa Roble to big early leads in what turned out to be a 61-58 Rams win. Placer was driving late but ran out of time. Mike Robinson had 196 yards and four scores, backup Jordan Ralls had 164 and a score. Placer had 588 yards of offense and held Casa Roble to two second-half touchdowns. Placer will learn from this, coach Joey Montoya insisted. Believe him.
Next: vs. Woodland
12. Whitney 2-1
It wasn't much of a trip to Idaho for the Wildcats, who expected to compete but were sent home with some immediate gut-check time in order, falling to Idaho's state-ranked No. 1 team Coeur d'Alene 55-6. National recruit QB Chad Chalich completed 23 of 28 passes for 258 yards and four scores and Whitney was sacked five times.
Next: at Christian Brothers, Saturday
13. Cosumnes Oaks 3-1
The Wolfpack rolled Johnson 48-3 as Andrew Williams hit Michael Thomas for touchdown strikes of 16, 10 and 17 yards. Thomas also received a scholarship offer from UCLA over the weekends, so that's one pleased young man. Tavon Willis rushed for two scores for Cosumnes Oaks.
Next: vs. Union Mine
14. Monterey Trail 1-2
The Mustangs routed Florin 54-14 as Trey Flury rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and Lorenzo Hawkins completed both of his passes for touchdowns and ran for one. The defense was headed by Sterling Powell, who had 11 tackles.
Next: vs. Rodriguez-Fairfield
15. Sheldon 2-2
How the Huskies respond from a 51-7 setback to Elk Grove will be telling. Sheldon has senior leadership in Davon Chapple and Nate Iese. Chapple passed for 213 yards and a touchdown, but negative rushing yards will doom any team.
Next: vs. Laguna Creek at Elk Grove
16. Bear River 4-0
The Bruins are the real deal, as evidenced by their spirited 24-10 win over Woodcreek. Woodcreek came in averaging 54 points and was stalled behind defensive leaders Cody Heard, Jimmy Bamburg, Michael Raigoza, Dillon Huffman and Harley Sauers. Bear River had four interceptions, two by Raigoza. Devaughn Lofton and Bamburg ran for touchdowns and Sauers caught a 74-yard scoring pass.
Next: vs. River Valley
17. Woodcreek 3-1
The Timberwolves are stunned, angry and eager to get back on the field after losing 24-10 to a Bear River team they rolled 35-7 a year ago. The offense, dominant in a 3-0 start, was stymied here.
Next: at Whitney, Sept. 30
18. Casa Roble 2-1
The Rams can indeed score in bunches. It's the defense that has been stretched and pushed around. Casa Roble outlasted Placer 61-58 in a wild affair as Mitch Samson passed for 282 yards and six touchdowns, five to Tyler Young. Cody Jones rushed for 113 yards and a score and Cameron Buell was in on 28 tackles. Yes, it was that sort of night.
Next: vs. Folsom, Sept. 30
19. Colfax 3-0
The Falcons had a bye but scouted their next opponent in a solid Davis outfit.
Next: at Davis
20. Burbank 2-1The Titans had a bye, all the more time to prepare for their home debut in their sparkling new stadium.
Next: vs. Johnson
Others: Bella Vista (3-0); Del Campo (2-2); Inderkum (2-1); Laguna Creek (3-0); Pioneer (4-0); Rio Linda (2-1); Rocklin (2-2); River City (3-1); Vista del Lago (2-2); Woodland (3-0);