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September 2, 2013The opening weekend of the high school football season didn't see much change in the Top 20, but two teams used big wins to move into the rankings. See who made it and some of the top performers from Week 0.
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De La Salle notches 27th straight win
There were some good things, some mistakes and the defense posted a second half shutout as No. 1 De La Salle beat No. 16 Clayton Valley Charter 34-14 to start the Justin Alumbaugh era. Running back John Velasco tallied 184 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
"We played hard, but I don't think we played well. We made a lot of mistakes. Every time we tried to take a big shot on offense we'd fumble or we missed an assignment on the offensive line, a dropped pass here or there," De La Salle head coach Justin Alumbaugh said to Stephanie Hammon of the Contra Costa Times.
The Spartans will hit the road this week and take on No. 9 Serra on Saturday afternoon. Serra head coach Patrick Walsh is another disciple from the De La Salle program. He was the state player of the year in 1992 under head coach Bob Ladouceur.
Clayton Valley, which looks primed to run off a series of wins coming up, got 175 yards and a touchdown from junior running back Miles Harrison.
Del Oro, Pleasant Grove gets impressive wins
Rocklin and Logan weren't in the preseason Top 20, but certainly were in the mix and posed tough challenges for a pair of Top 10 teams. Pleasant Grove headed out on the road and beat Rocklin 28-14 behind a big performance from senior quarterback Deaundre Terrell. He threw two touchdowns passes and added two rushing scores. He finished with more than 260 yards of total offense.
Pleasant Grove will host No. 18 Burbank, which is coming off a convincing 35-9 win over previously ranked Napa, and Rocklin will take on newly ranked Oak Ridge on Friday.
Up in Placer County, Del Oro bested Logan 27-14 in the Honor Bowl. It is the second straight year the Golden Eagles have knocked off Logan and will now travel to Southern California to take on Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, led by Cal-bound athlete Koa Farmer. On Friday, Del Oro got a pair of touchdowns from Te'Von Rhyne and 10 tackles from Tyler Meteer in a strong effort by the defense.
"I was really happy with our defense. I thought our defense really did a great job. They had one drive early on where we had a little breakdown on third-and-long. But I thought after that we were lights out," Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor told Trevor Horn of the Auburn Journal.
Two new additions in Top 20
No. 19 Oak Ridge posted one of the most surprising results with a 38-0 shutout win over Vista del Lago, which made the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III finals a year ago. With Jacob Sipes moving to wide receiver (he has an offer from Air Force at receiver), sophomore Ian Book stepped in and threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns with an 87 percent completion percentage. Justin Priest had 111 yards receiving and two scores while the defense held Vista del Lago to less than 200 total yards.
Traveling to Atwater, No. 20 San Ramon Valley won a shootout over Buhach Colony 67-30. Senior running back Marcus De La Pena, who holds an offer from Wyoming, finished with 209 yards and four touchdowns. The Wolves are off this week before taking on Logan, Folsom and De La Salle to finish the non-league.