Monday, October 28, 2013

Big Day For Saunders/ Van Dyke Continues To Impress

Oklahoma senior wide receiver Jalen Saunders had one of his best games as a Sooner Saturday when he caught six passes for 158 yards and a pair of second quarter touchdowns as Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech, 38-30, in a Big 12 matchup.

The former Pleasant Grove star scored on pass receptions of 15 and 76 yards to boost the Sooners to a lead in the second quarter. Oklahoma had to come from behind in the third quarter to win and hand the Red Raiders their first loss of the season.

Oklahoma is now 7-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12.

Saunders is leading the Sooners with 35 catches, 431 yards and 5 TD’s this season.

Van Dyke’s Big Game Overshadows Near-Record Night

UCLA-commit Alex Van Dyke continued to show why he is the area’s top wide receiver with a big game Friday night in Cosumnes Oaks’ win over Vista del Lago.

Van Dyke had nine catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolfpack’s 40-21 Sierra Valley League win over Vista.

The show by Van Dyke may have outshined the night Vista quarterback Matt Jimison had. He attempted 71 passes, completed 48 for 422 yards and three TD’s. The 71 attempts was almost a state record.

According to CalHiSports, earlier this year Trey Tinsley from El Toro High School tried 75 passes in a game to set the state mark. 

In Friday’s loss, Vista del Lago had only three running plays, all by Jimison on what appeared to be designed pass plays.

The Wolfpack can pretty much wrap up its first SVL title this Friday with a home win against Liberty Ranch.

Bradshaw Kicker Nears Scoring Record

Bradshaw Christian assistant football coach Chris Abe says his team’s placekicker, Jennie Lawson, is only eight points away from setting a state scoring record for kickers.

Yes, she’s a girl.

Lawson, a senior, has been the Pride’s PAT specialist for four years and currently has 198 points. Abe says they are all from point-after-touchdowns.

“We may have tried one field goal this year, maybe one last year. That’s all from PAT’s,” he said.

Lawson is 20-for-21 in extra points this year, including seven in Friday’s 63-6 win over Highlands. Sophomore Dani Lawson, her younger sister, has also been taking a few boots this year, too. She’s 17-for-18 in point-afters.

Last year Jennie was 41-of-45 in PAT’s. She was 66-of-73 in 2011 and 71-of-73 attempts in 2010.

When the Lawson girls are not kicking a football, they are members of the girls’ soccer team.

Quick Hits ….

Kennedy’s 49-6 win Friday over Johnson was the Cougars’ first win since Oct. 29, 2010 when they defeated Sacramento, 26-21, a span of 27 straight games with a loss.

Franklin’s varsity and junior varsity football teams are now 11-1 against Elk Grove over the past six seasons.

Daniel Nava, the Boston Red Sox’ leftfielder who made that outstanding throw to the plate in the obstruction play that ended World Series’ Game Three Saturday, played his high school baseball at St. Francis in Mountain View.

Former Sheldon basketball standout Ramon Eaton is now playing at North Carolina Central. He played last year at a junior college in New Mexico after spending his freshman season at Pepperdine.

After missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring pull, Pleasant Grove running back Brandon Lewis felt it snap again during the second quarter of Saturday’s 28-23 win at Jesuit. He sat out the second half of the game. His availability for this week’s game against Oak Ridge is unknown.

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