By Bill Paterson
Placer High School started the season 1-4. But since entering league play the defending Pioneer Valley League champions have been impossible to beat.
The No. 20 Hillmen's latest victim was rival Colfax, which fell 48-21 Friday night in Auburn.
It was Placer's 11th league win in a row.
Logan Strange threw four touchdown passes, two each to Todd Valliere and Frankie O'Neal and Valliere added two rushing touchdowns as the Hillmen (5-4, 4-0) coasted to the win over the Falcons (7-2, 2-2).
Placer came into the game averaging 345 rushing yards and 107 passing yards. But Strange completed 7 of 9 passes for 211 yards.
Colfax's Michael Wilson had two touchdown passes, giving him 35 for the season.
Placer has outscored its four league opponents 188 to 61.
The Hillmen can complete its second unbeaten league season in as many years with a win Friday at Center.
In other games:
No. 1 Folsom 52, Pondorosa 0 in Folsom - Jake Browning completed 29 of 34 passes for 335 yards and six touchdowns, two each to Parker Boone and Troy Knox; Josiah Deguara had nine catches for 100 yards and a touchdown; and Mike McCuaig returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown as the Bulldogs (9-0, 4-0) beat the Bruins (4-5, 0-4) in the Delta River League game. Browning upped his state-leading touchdown total to 49.
No. 3 Del Oro 70, Nevada Union 21 - Tyler Meteer's punt return for a touchdown led a first-half explosion in which the Golden Eagles led 49-7 en route to the Sierra Foothill League win over the Miners (0-9, 0-4). Del Oro (7-2, 4-0) will play at Rocklin on Friday for the league championship.
No. 5 Rocklin 31, Roseville 14 in Roseville - Evyn Holtz rushed for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries and the Thunder (7-2, 4-0) overcame five turnovers to defeat the Tigers (4-5, 1-3) in the SFL game.
No. 6 Elk Grove 35, Monterey Trail 19 at Monterey Trail HS - Wadus Parker rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and Noah Letuligasenoa had two sacks and Dior Vela 16 tackles as the Thundering Herd (8-1, 3-1) defeated the Mustangs (5-4, 2-2) in the Delta Valley Conference game.
No. 7 Rio Linda 41, Oakmont 3 in Roseville - Marcel Brown rushed eight times for 254 yards and five touchdowns and Vaughn Hingano had 14 tackles, two sacks and caused two fumbles as the Knights (8-1, 4-0) topped the Vikings (3-6, 1-3) in the Capital Valley Conference game.
No. 8 Granite Bay 35, Woodcreek 7 at Granite Bay - Quarterback Josh Neal threw four touchdown passes, three to Brian Graber, and Luke Bussey returned an interception 63 yards for a score to lead the Grizzlies (6-3, 2-2) over the Timberwolves (3-6, 1-3) in the SFL game. Malcolm Thomas had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Timberwolves..
No. 11 Inderkum 59, Pioneer 0 in Natomas - C.J. Spencer threw touchdown passes of 31 yards to Marcus Gilbert and 20 yards to Tyler Dean and Kyree Ayo rushed for touchdowns of 68 and 5 yards as the Tigers (7-2, 4-0) topped the Patriots (4-5, 1-3) in the Tri-County Conference game.
No. 19 Christian Brothers 37, No. 13 Casa Roble 21 in Orangevale - Chris Guillen threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Thompson and Erik Bloomquist returned an interception 91 yards for a score, both in the fourth quarter, as the Falcons (6-3, 3-1) pulled away from the Rams (6-3, 2-2) in the Capital Valley Conference game.
No. 14 Jesuit 69, Sheldon 40 at Sheldon - Quarterback Jason Elenberger rushed for 268 yards and five touchdowns and hit Matthew Coyle for a 66-yard touchdown pass and Beau Bisharat added three touchdown runs as the Marauders (7-2, 2-2) defeated the Huskies (3-6, 0-4) in the Delta River League game. Austin Gates had 13 tackles and a sack and Anthony Geremia 10 tackles and a sack for Jesuit. Nolan Merker accounted for four touchdowns for Sheldon.
No. 15 Franklin 38, Laguna Creek 0 at Elk Grove HS - Robert Sanders returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and also returned an interception 57 yards for a score to lead the Wildcats (6-3, 3-1) over the Cardinals (1-8, 0-4) in the Delta Valley Conference game.
No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks 45, Liberty Ranch 13 in Elk Grove - Alex Kropp completed 10 of 16 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns; Alex Van Dyke had four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown; and Devin Viramontes returned an interception 35 yards for a score and rushed for a six yard touchdown as the Wolfpack (7-2, 5-0) topped the Hawks (5-5, 3-3) in the Sierra Valley Conference game.
No. 18 Whitney 48, Cordova 6 in Rocklin - Drew Romo threw four touchdown passes to lead the Wildcats (6-3, 4-0) over the Lancers (1-8, 0-4) in the Capital Athletic League contest.
Capital Christian 49, West Campus 3 at Capital Christian - Justice Shelton-Mosley rushed four four touchdowns and caught a fifth to help lead the Cougars (8-1, 4-0) over the Warriors (5-4, 1-3) in the Golden Empire League game. Shelton-Mosley, the section scoring leader, now has 33 touchdowns this season.
Sacramento 43, Rosemont 40 at Rosemont - Caden Voges completed 16 of 24 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns; Damen Wheeler had five catches for 162 yards and two scores; and Lawrence Attaway came up with two goal-line tackles in the final seconds as the Dragons (7-2, 5-1) held off the Wolverines (7-2, 4-2) in a Metro Conference classic. Lonny Powell and Jimmy Hatch combined for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for the Dragons. Buddy Enriquez threw three touchdown passes, two to Kameron Williams, and DeShawn Allen rushed for two touchdowns for Rosemont.
El Camino 63, Mira Loma 7 at El Camino - Greg Scott rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to lead the Eagles (5-4, 2-2) over the Matadors (0-9, 0-4) in the CAL game.
Bradshaw Christian 56, San Juan 7 in South Sacramento - Senior Jennifer Lawson, one of the most prolific female placekickers in state history, rushed for a one-yard touchdown to highlight the Pride's (7-2, 5-0) Senior Night win over the Spartans (3-6, 0-5) in a Sierra Delta League game.
Del Campo 49, Bella Vista 33 in Fair Oaks - Austin Brown rushed for four touchdowns and Ben Purcell threw a 35-yard touchdown to Romeo Lopez and also rushed for a 5-yard score as the Cougars (3-6, 2-2) topped the Broncos (2-7, 0-4) in the CVC game.
Mesa Verde 46, Lindhurst 6 in Citrus Heights - Diante Porter rushed for three touchdowns and Andrey Sushik Jesse Rodriguez returned an interceptions 52 and 57 yards, respectively, for touchdowns as the Mavericks (3-6, 2-2) topped the Blazers (1-8, 0-4) in the Golden Empire League contest.
El Dorado 34, Union Mine 20 in El Dorado - Logan Kirby's 46-yard touchdown run was among the highlights as the Cougars (5-4, 2-3) defeated the Diamondbacks (1-8, 1-4) in an SVC game.
Foresthill 45, Valley Christian 0 in Foresthill - Connor McCann rushed for touchdowns of 45 and 16 yards and threw a 20-yard scoring strike to Jacob Sandbank as the Wildfires (6-4, 6-2) downed the Lions (0-9, 0-7) in the Sac Metro Conference contest.
River Valley 20, Woodland 14 in Woodland - Clarence Pierson scored on a one-yard run with 6:01 to play to break a 12-12 tie as the Falcons (6-3, 3-1) topped the Wolves (2-7, 1-3) in the TCC matchup. The winning score was set up when Woodland fumbled at its own 8-yard line.
Kennedy 38, Florin 26 - Floyd Hillis-Cooper rushed for a school-record 318 yards and three touchdowns, and Silencio Ratowski ran for 130 and two scores and made 10 tackles for the Cougars (2-7, 2-4) in their Metropolitan Conference win over the Panthers (2-7, 1-5).
Call The Bee's Bill Paterson (916) 326-5506. The Bee's Joe Davidson and correspondent Trevor Horn contributed to this report.