WEEK FOUR ROUNDUP: Honkers fly past Hillmen
Marysville beats Mira Loma; Colusa stuns Pierce
When the Yuba City High football team finished the regular season 9-1 last year, the Honkers' lone blemish came in a 42-33 loss to Placer in a game that came down to the wire.
The Honkers exacted some revenge on Friday night, and they did so in a big way.
Omar Herrera ran for 164 yards on just seven carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, quarterback Isaac Lessard completed 7 of 8 passes for 156 yards and three scores as Yuba City cruised to a convincing 48-21 victory over the Hillmen at Honker Stadium.
Yuba City dominated the line scrimmage on both sides of the ball and jumped out to a 35-0 lead at halftime and a 48-0 lead in the third quarter
"We executed very well tonight," Honkers coach John Ithurburn said. "Our offensive and defensive lines played great, and right guard Jordan Kuphaldt had an outstanding game."
Devin Pettengill hauled in four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, and Austin Thompson caught a 17-yard TD pass and added a 20-yard touchdown run for the Honkers, who improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1998.
Lessard also rushed for 53 yards on four carries and hit John Horn on a 15-yard touchdown strike.
Jaylon Deas spearheaded Yuba City's defense with five solo tackles, a sack and an interception, while Thompson also recorded five solo tackles and picked off a pass.
The Honkers have a bye next week and will open Tri-County Conference play against Inderkum at home on Oct. 11.
Marysville 31, Mira Loma 7
In Marysville — Aaron Birch broke off a pair of long touchdown runs in the third quarter to break open what had been a tight defensive struggle as Marysville pulled away for a victory.
Birch carried the ball eight times for 173 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Indians (3-2), who will have a bye next week before opening up league play at Mesa Verde on Oct. 11.
Francisco Garcia added 181 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and running back David Duncan threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Horton.
Coach Cullen Meyer said inside linebacker Jacob Garrett led a solid defensive effort.
Colusa 18, Pierce 13
In Colusa — In one of the wildest finishes in recent memory, the RedHawks pulled out a controversial victory over the county-rival Bears on the final play of the game.
With Pierce leading 13-12 with 4 seconds remaining, Colusa lined up for a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal, only to have the kick blocked.
The ball bounced around for several seconds before an alert Martin Bravo scooped it up and raced in for the touchdown as time expired.
Players for Colusa (2-2) stormed the field during the play and the RedHawks were penalized, giving Pierce one untimed down on the kickoff. However, Bears coach Scott Burnum pulled his team off the field, giving Colusa the win.
"We were pretty evenly matched. It was very physical and a good game all the way through," RedHawks coach Paul Theriault said. "We were very fortunate tonight."
Joe Howard caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and Sal Mendez had a 35-yard touchdown run for Pierce, which fell to 3-2 with the loss.
"We got cheated and if that's the only way they can beat us, so be it," Burnum said.
Pioneer 52, Lindhurst 18
In Woodland — The Blazers fell to 1-3 on the year with a loss to the Patriots on the road.
Zach Kitchen and Andrew Sutton both ran for touchdowns, and Jesus Yanez threw a touchdown pass to Hugo Arroyo to provide the offense for Lindhurst.
"I'm really proud of our guys," said Lindhurst coach Jason Neiber, who praised the defensive efforts of Logan Grimes and Tony Izzaguirre in the loss. "We played hard and we played with class, and that's what we've been preaching."
Biggs 45, Esparto 13
In Biggs — Nathan Callaway, Dalton Evenson and Jacob Owen ran for two touchdowns each, and the Wolverines coasted to a victory over the Spartans on homecoming night.
Callaway rushed for 110 yards, Evenson finished with an even 100 and Greyson Milburn rumbled for 107 for Biggs, which improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year with the victory.
Evenson also recorded nine tackles and an interception, Milburn had eight tackles and a fumble recovery, and Jordan Johnson picked off a pass as well for the Wolverines.
Also having a big night for Biggs was placekicker Israel Farfan, who booted a school-record 47-yard field goal and was a perfect 6 for 6 on PATs.
Williams 54, University Prep 32
In Williams — The Yellowjackets (3-2) switched their offense to the Wildcat formation for the first time this year and it paid off in a big way as they ran away from the Panthers.
Lewis Davalos caught three touchdown passes from Sal Garcia and ran for two more, and Fernando Rodriguez scored on a 96-yard touchdown run and rushed for more than 200 yards.
Maxwell 27, Fall River 20
In Maxwell — The Panthers survived a homecoming scare in overtime to beat Fall River.
The Panthers (2-2) led 20-6 late in the game, but the Bulldogs rallied and scored with less than a minute remaining before missing the potential game-winning extra point.
Maxwell quarterback Blake Vierra made Fall River pay with a 10-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime, his third touchdown run of the game, and intercepted a pass at the 1-yard-line to seal the victory after Zach Troughton tipped the pass at the line.
Vierra also tossed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Santiago Gonzalez.
Bear River 36, River Valley 12
In Grass Valley — The Falcons jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Bruins built a 20-6 cushion at halftime and never looked back to come away with the win.
No information was provided by River Valley (2-2).
Winters 56, Live Oak 22
In Live Oak — Matt Evans broke a 75-yard touchdown run and scored twice, but it wasn't enough. Adrian Silva added a touchdown run. The Lions dropped to 2-3 overall.