By Bill Paterson
Friday's Capital Valley Conference showdown between No. 13 Casa Roble at No. 8 Rio Linda offered a dramatic contrast in offensive styles.
The Rams run the spread offense; the Knights a throwback power run game combined with a dash of dangerous speed.
Power won over finesse this night as the Knights (7-1, 3-0) rallied for three consecutive touchdowns and blanked the Rams (6-2, 2-1) in the second half to post a 35-21 win and take sole possession of first place in the CVC.
Led by its talented running duo of Leonard "Thunder" Skattebo Marcel "Lightning" Brown, the Knights ran the ball for all but three offensive plays.
Brown had 224 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and Skattebo added 76 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Skattebo also had a team high 13 tackles.
The Knights, led by Skattebo and James Sanchez (11 tackles, three for loss and two sacks), sacked or dropped Casa Roble quarterback Peyton Wilfley eight times for losses while also forcing a fumble and an intercepting a pass (Zak Burden).
Ron Quinn rushed for two touchdowns, the second on a two-yard that put Casa Roble ahead 21-14 with about five minutes to go in the first half.
In other games:
No. 1 Folsom 80, Sheldon 27 at Sheldon HS - Jake Browning completed 15 of 24 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns, hiking his state lead to 43, and the Bulldogs (8-0, 3-0) rushed for 330 yards in rolling past the Huskies (3-5, 0-3) in the Delta River League game. Sophomore Tre Green rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and Bryan Weldy added 108 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Cole Thompson returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score.
No. 15 Franklin 28, No. 2 Elk Grove 21 at Cosumnes Oaks HS - A last-second stand at the 2-yard line, resulting in a sack, allowed the defending Delta Valley Conference champion Wildcats (5-3, 2-1) to hold off the rival Thundering Herd (7-1, 2-1) in the critical game. Lamar Jackson hit Jabari Johnson for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter, tipping the ball to himself in the corner of the end zone.
No. 5 Oak Ridge 41, Ponderosa 0 in Shingle Springs - Ian Book threw three touchdown passes, two to Justin Priest and Tanner Hughes ran for two scores as the Trojans (7-1, 2-1) topped the Bruins (4-4, 0-3) in the Delta River League contest.
No. 6 Rocklin 45, Woodcreek 0 in Rocklin - Sophomore Evan Holtz rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Thunder (6-2, 3-0) topped the Timberwolves (3-5, 1-2) in a Sierra Foothill League contest.
No. 9 Grant 47, No. 16 Monterey Trail 20 in Del Paso Heights - The Pacers (5-3, 2-1) rushed for 335 yards, 101 by Deandre Whittington-Grays, who had two touchdowns, to keep their chances of at least tying for a DVC title tie alive. Neal Martin rushed for 79 yards and a score and Mike Green went for 78 and a touchdown as the Pacers led the Mustangs (5-3, 2-1) 47-0 after three quarters.
No. 10 Burbank 46, No. 20 Rosemont 6 at Rosemont - Ernest Jenkins rushed for three touchdowns and threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Kevin Powers to lead the Titans (6-2, 5-0) over the Wolverines (7-1, 4-1) in a battle of Metro Conference unbeatens.
No. 11 Inderkum 28, River Valley 14 in Yuba City - Terrence White rushed nine yards for a touchdown and caught a 27-yard scoring strike from C.J. Spencer as the Tigers (6-2, 3-0) topped the Falcons (5-3, 2-1) in a Tri-County Conference game.
No. 12 Yuba City 35, Woodland 8 in Woodland - Omar Hererra rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Honkers (7-1, 2-1) over the Wolves (2-6, 1-2) in the TCC contest.
No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks 40, No. 18 Vista del Lago 21 in Folsom - Alex Kropp completed 17 of 28 passes for 403 yards and four touchdown passes; UCLA verbal commit Alex Van Dyke had touchdown catches of 82, 58 and 50 yards; and Josh Cassinat and Devin Viramontes combined for 31 tackles as the Wolfpack defeated the Falcons in the Sierra Valley Conference contest. L.J. Reed also caught an 80-yard touchdown pass and also threw a 50-yard scoring strike to Van Dkye.
Placer 35, No. 19 Lincoln 19 in Auburn - Todd Valliere rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass and Austin Hess and Cameron Scott also rushed for scores as the Hillmen (4-4, 3-0) beat the Fighting Zebras (6-2, 2-1) in the Pioneer Valley League game. The game was the first under Placer's new stadium lights that cost $85,000.
Antelope 35, Cordova 6 in Rancho Cordova - Tyler McCombs completed 7 of 10 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Mister Harriel rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as the Titans (6-2, 3-0) defeated the Lancers (1-7, 0-3) in a Capital Athletic League game.
Davis 28, Laguna Creek 21 in Elk Grove - Winfred Roberson scored touchdowns on runs of 1 and 13 yards and Talek Deary returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown as the Blue Devils (5-3, 1-2) defeated the Cardinals (1-7, 0-3) in a Delta Valley Conference game.
Capital Christian 48, Mesa Verde 0 in Citrus Heights - Justice Shelton-Mosely caught three touchdown passes and also rushed for a touchdown as the Cougars (7-1, 3-0) topped the Mavericks (2-7, 1-2) in the Golden Empire League game.
Roseville 69, Nevada Union 42 in Grass Valley - Matt Razzano rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and Kyle Downie rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers (4-4, 1-2) defeated the Miners (0-8, 0-3) in the SFL game.
Colfax 56, Foothill 12 in Colfax - Michael Wilson completed 14 of 19 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (7-1, 2-1) rolled the Mustangs (1-7, 0-3) in the PVL game. Kyle Bryant had seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns and also returned an interception for a touchdown for Colfax.
Bradshaw Christian 63, Highlands 6 in North Highlands - Kevin Williams completed 5 of 10 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Grant Heisinger caught three passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Pride (6-2, 4-0) defeated the Scots (2-7, 2-3) in the Sierra Delta League contest.
Center 34, Bear River 7 in Antelope -- Tyrell Anderson threw two touchdown passes, rushed for a score and had three interceptions in leading the Cougars (5-3, 2-1) over the Bruins (5-3, 0-2) in a PVL game.
Oakmont 49, Bella Vista 33 in Fair Oaks -- Tresten Keys rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception 98 yards for a score to lead the Vikings (3-5, 1-2) over the Broncos (2-6, 0-3) in a CVC game. Jordan Nabb completed 13 of 17 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown and Justin Holmes had nine catches for 102 yards and a touchdown for Oakmont. Sophomore Andreas Litton had 237 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdown and had 13 tackles and Austin Harmer passs for 204 yards and two touchdowns and blocked two field goals for Bella Vista.
Whitney 13, El Camino 10 at El Camino HS - Kwane Wilkinson rushed for 148 yards on 30 carries; Drew Romo completed 10 of 20 passes for 121 yards and a game winning touchdown to Jason Brunet; and Josh Gallofin had an interception and a game-saving tackle to prevent a touchdown as the Wildcats (5-3, 2-1) defeated the Eagles (4-4, 1-2) in the Capital Athletic League contest.
The Bee's Joe Davidson contributed to this report.