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September 21, 2013On its first four drives, No. 1 De La Salle accounted for 285 yards and scored four touchdowns to put a Top 10 matchup out of reach in a 41-3 win over No. 10 Del Oro. Senior John Velasco rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore Antoine Custer had 103 yards and a score. As a team, it rushed for 445 yards with 10 plays of at least 15 yards.
"Both of those guys ran really hard. Both of those guys broke a lot of tackles. Only a handful of times were they brought down by the first runner which opens up our offense a lot," De La Salle head coach Justin Alumbaugh said. "I thought our seconds did a good job too."
Del Oro got off to a good start offensively moving the ball 66 yards to the Spartans' 14 yard line before settling for a 31 yard field from Mason Humes. The Golden Eagles only totaled 48 yards the rest of the first half, but had some success generating holes up front. Dylan Kainrath (73 yards) and Greg Eason (36 yards) were the top rushers, but Kainrath was banged up toward the end of the first half.
"I was happy with how our defense responded after that first drive. Those guys are good. They have good linemen. I think we were able to wear them out a little bit because a lot of their guys go both ways," Alumbaugh said. "I think our offense helped out our defense and vice versa."
Up 35-3 in the fourth quarter, De La Salle sent the game to a running clock with a 40 yard reverse run from wide receiver Marquis Morris, the defending state champion in the 110 meter hurdles.
Arizona State bound Dasmond Tautalatasi remained out with an elbow injury. Douglas Benton
Folsom wins shootout
The Folsom Bulldogs came to play Friday night, as they took on the Wolves of San Ramon Valley High School. The game got off to a fast start and the Wolves had a 22-21 lead with only about two minutes left in the second quarter. After a few mistakes, combined with a great offensive plan from Folsom, the Bulldogs were able to put up a touchdown and add a field goal as the first half expired. The Bulldogs took a 32-22 lead into the locker room, scoring 10 unanswered to end the half. They would go on to dominate the 2nd half and take this game easily 67-36.
The game was marked by the tremendous success of Folsom quarterback Jake Browning, who led the Bulldogs to victory. Browning holds four Division I scholarships from Boise State, Utah, Washington, and Washington State. He threw a whopping seven touchdown passes, as the San Ramon Valley defense could not stop the mighty passing game that Folsom put out on the field. Browning connected three times to Will McClure, and Josiah Deguara and Bailey Laolagi each rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.
"Great coaching, great line play, great receivers, we just came in and executed perfectly, that's all you can ask for," Browning said.
There were many bright spots for San Ramon Valley even with a loss. Three of their junior receivers (J.J. Koski, Carter Nichols, and Christian Fuca) caught touchdown passes for the Wolves on Friday. Quarterback Matt Winaker had success in finding all three of these targets throughout the night.
"Our offense executed well, our conditioning wasn't as good as we wanted it to be, definitely what we need to work on for De La Salle next week," Fuca said.
Folsom will look to go 5-0 next week as they take on Monterey Trail on the road. Things don't get any easier for San Ramon Valley who take on the mighty De La Salle Spartans in Concord. Derek Lytle
Eagles stay unbeaten
No. 3 Pleasant Grove held off a game Inderkum squad to win 33-19. The game features a pair of teams which could be in contention for section crowns.
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and after nine consecutive runs by Demaree Morris, quarterback Deaundre Terrell hit Wyatt Demps to make it 7-0. A back and forth first quarter ended with Pleasant Grove leading 21-12. After a scoreless second quarter, the second half started with adjustments from both teams.
Inderkum committed more help to the run and the Eagles began to bring Demps down from his safety spot to help in run support. It allowed Inderkum to takes some shots deep and connected on a 71 yard catch and run from CJ Spencer to Khalil Hudson to make it 21-19. After a stop, the Eagles were forced to punt and Keylan Mack pinned the Tigers deep to start at their own five yard line to end the third quarter.
Inderkum moved the ball to Pleasant Grove's 36 yard line. On fourth and six, head coach Joe Cattolico called for a safety blitz and Demps brought Spencer down to end the threat. The closest the Tigers would come the rest of the night was a 64 yard touchdown pass that was called back for holding. Pleasant Grove tacked on two late scores for a 14 point win.
Pleasant Grove is as well coached as any team in the area and play very disciplined and structured football. Joe Cattolico expressed after the game "we have guys that are tired because we are thin at running back and linebacker." Top back Ian Broom has only played in one game and this was the second game for Boise State commit Brandon Lewis, who missed all of last year with a torn ACL, Cattolico said.
Inderkum has speed at all the skill positions and can get to the edge even when it is defended. Terrence White finished with 123 rushing yards, especially on sweeps. The defense held up reasonably well given they were going against a team that is committed to a well-designed run game. Michael Benton