November 26, 2011
Prep stars: Bird, Keeney help lead Granite Bay past Lincoln

Here are 15 notable performances from this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section championship and semifinal games.

• Arik Bird, Granite Bay: Rushed 21 times for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Grizzlies' D-I semifinal upset of top-seeded Lincoln of Stockton.

• Taylor Blackford, Bradshaw Christian: Rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in the Pride's 62-6 D-VI championship game win over Foresthill.

• Rodney Ellison, Folsom: Had an interception and a fumble recovery in the Bulldogs' 42-28 D-II semifinal win over Elk Grove.

• Mark Jenkins, Pleasant Grove: Rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' 52-13 D-I semifinal win over Bethel.

• Kody Jones, Casa Roble: Rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the Rams' 42-23 D-III semifinal loss to Oakdale.

• Brendan Keeney, Granite Bay: Completed 10 of 20 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Grizzlies' win over Lincoln of Stockton.

• Carson McMurtrey, Folsom: Had nine catches for 209 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs' win over Elk Grove.

• Brandon Monroe, Del Oro: Rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in the Golden Eagles' 38-0 D-III semifinal win over Whitney.

• J'Juan Muldrow, Folsom: Caught 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns; ran five yards for a score and had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' win over Elk Grove.

• Tom Sawyer, Foresthill: Despite facing heavy pressure, completed 6 of 16 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in Foresthill's 62-6 loss to Bradshaw Christian.

• Nick Terry, Pleasant Grove: Had two sacks and forced a fumble in the Eagles' win over Bethel.

• Tanner Trosin, Folsom: Completed 24 of 34 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs' win over Elk Grove. His 4,778 passing yards this season puts him No. 3 all-time in California.

• L.J. Upshire, Bradshaw Christian: Rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries in the Pride's win over Foresthill.

• Marcus White, Pleasant Grove: Booted a 39-yard field goal, 7 PATs and had five touchbacks in the Eagles' win over Bethel.

• Tyler Young, Casa Roble: Had 12 catches for 173 yards in the Rams' D-III 42-23 semifinal loss to Oakdale.



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