By Joe Davidson
There were no upsets seedings wise in the opening-night Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff contest tonight, but there was a new section record set and a breakout effort of note.
A closer look:
* Folsom 56, Rio Linda 19 - Tanner Trosin (pictured) completed 19 of 25 passes for 387 yards and five touchdowns - four in the first half to Carson McMurtrey - and ran 7 times for 75 yards and another score to shatter a section single-season record held by a former teammate in the rout of the Knights in Division II play.
Trosin now has 4,992 total yards in 11 games this season, bettering the previous section record of 4,756 yards in 13 games by Dano Graves in 2009 when Graves was a Folsom junior.
Trosin now has 4,095 passing yards, a section single-season record, and 39 touchdown passes. He has rushed for 897 yards and 17 scores. Graves, per his good nature, posted on his Facebook page today that he was rooting for Trosin to beat his record. Graves earned Bee and MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors last season in leading Folsom to a State Division II championship, with Trosin excelling at receiver and in the secondary. Graves is now at the Air Force Academy.
"Tanner was great again," Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. "The teams we're doing it against - Grant, Pleasant Grove, Casa Roble, San Ramon Valley - aren't 0-10 teams. They're the best of the best."
Trosin already had one top-tier target in J'Juan Muldrow, who scored on a 41-yard run, and now he has a healthy McMurtrey in the mix, too.
McMurtrey caught four first-half passes for 200 yards and four scores of 57, 66, 59 and 29 yards. Trosin also hit Philip Carter for a touchdown. Slowed by a hamstring injury and a shoulder strain much of the season, McMurtrey had 21 catches for 269 yards and one score coming into this game.
"Carson gives us a whole new dimension," Richardson said. "He's one of our hardest-working kids and did everything right in the offseason but was snake-bit with injuries. He's healthy now."
At 9-2 with losses only to Grant and Pleasant Grove, sixth-seeded Folsom now takes on the winner of Friday's McNair-Inderkum game.
* Pleasant Grove 57, Rodriguez 13 - The second-seeded Eagles rolled their visitors from Fairfield, taking a 50-0 lead after three quarters in looking the part of defending Division I champion.
Pleasant Grove has won nine straight games since falling 50-49 to Lincoln-Stockton, the D-I No. 1 seed.
Cody Demps completed 11 of 16 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown to D.J. Dunn and Mark Jenkins rushed 17 times for 145 yards and two scores. Brandon Lewis returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown for Pleasant Grove, which now takes on No. 7-seeded Pitman of Turlock, a 35-14 winner of West in an opener.
* Lincoln-Stockton 56, Sheldon 30 - Junior tailback Justin Davis rushed for 317 yards on 32 carries and scored five touchdowns for the top-seeded Trojans of Stockton, who own wins against Pleasant Grove and Grant this season and have lost only to rival St. Mary's.
Davon Chapple passed for 206 yards and three touchdowns for 16th-seeded Sheldon, which bounced back admirably from a 63-3 shelling in a Delta River League finale last Friday. Sheldon, thinned by injuries, including to national recruit tight end/defensive end Nate Iese, trailed 21-9 at the half.
* Vacaville 54, Roseville 34 - Melvin Mason rushed for 358 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns for the fourth-seeded Bulldogs in an entertaining D-II contest to win their ninth consecutive game. Vacaville has lost only to Marin Catholic 33-29, a team that is 9-0, and beat its second Sierra Foothill League team. Vacaville beat Granite Bay 38-27 Week 3, following the Marin Catholic setback.
Casey Lambert rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns and Zac Cunha passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one or Roseville, seeded 13th.
Cunha is the senior son of classy Tigers coach Larry Cunha, who said coaching his son was an all-time career thrill. Zac grew up around the program and played like a champion this season as a captain and honors student.
Vacaville plays the winner of the Antelope-St.Mary's game.
Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty host the SureWestSports Radio Show each Saturday from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN1320 from 9-10 a.m. Saturday's guests include Troy Taylor, the former Cordova High and Cal quarterback star who mentors are passers and does Cal radio color commentary.