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    Jake Browning, Folsom

    One year ago, Jake Browning of Folsom (Calif.) had, perhaps, the greatest varsity debut of any high school football player ever when he threw 10 touchdowns in a win over Woodcreek.

    Now a junior, Browning's season opener was nearly as good as he threw seven touchdown passes Friday in a 56-21 win over Woodcreek.

    Browning had five touchdown passes by halftime to help Folsom build a 42-7 lead. He added two more in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs a 56-7 advantage.

    Last year, Browning fell just short of breaking the California state record for touchdown passes in a season, finishing with 63. Aside from the 10 touchdowns in the opener, Browning had only one other game when he had as many as seven touchdown passes, and that was a 59-12 win over Atwater.
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    Fernley ended Truckee's 41-game win streak Saturday afternoon.

    Fernley (Nev.) beat all the odds on Saturday by stunning football powerhouse Truckee (Calif.) in a 7-0 defensive thriller.

    The Truckee Wolverines had won their last 41 games - the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation - with five of the wins coming this year. Had they beaten Fernley, the Wolverines would have broken a tie and established a Nevada state record with their 42nd consecutive win.

    Truckee's seniors had gone 35-0 until Saturday. The team had not been shutout since 2006.

    Present to cheer on the small-school power was an overflow homecoming crowd estimated at 1,800, which included a 20-year reunion of the Class of 1992.

    But Fernley, which has won its last six games following a season-opening overtime loss, scored the game's only touchdown with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter. One of three Truckee turnovers - a fumble at its 41 - set up the only score, a 14-yard run by Skylar Williams. Fernley, which made no turnovers, then stopped Truckee's final drive with an interception at its 2-yard line by Beau Hogan.

    "Their defense was very good," Keith Thomas of radio station KTKE told MaxPreps. "That's the best defense I've ever seen Fernley play.

    "Obviously, it's a shock at first," Thomas said of the upset. "We knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but certainly didn't expect it today."
  • Truckee (Calif.) defeated Spring Creek (Nev.) 34-3 on Friday to tie the Nevada state record with its 41st consecutive football victory. The Wolverines, who are 5-0 this year, are tied with Meadows (Nev.) and will be seeking their fourth consecutive state title.

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    Erik Holmer, Truckee quarterback

    This could be the first time a team in one state holds a record in another state.

    Truickee coach Bob Shaffer told MaxPreps this morning, "It does feel a little weird, I started here in 1993, coming from Ohio, and I don't remember anything but coaching in Nevada. I feel like we belong there."

    Truckee, which is located only 12 miles from the Nevada border, plays just one California team. See the story of Truckee's long trail from the CIF to the NIAA here.

    The 41-win streak entered the week as the fifth longest in the nation.

    "Sometimes it's hard to put into words," Shaffer said of the streak. "It's so hard to win that many games without something going wrong along the way."

    The Wolverines will count on a superb defense as they seek a new record next Saturday, playing host to Fernley (Nev.).

    "Defensively (Truckee) is awesome," Spring Creek coach Joel Jund told the Elko Daily Free Press. "They hit you and it's tough to get a first down."

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    Erik Holmer

    Truckee (Calif.) extended the nation's fourth-longest football winning streak to 40 games on Saturday with a 56-0 rout of Sparks (Nev.). It also marked the 163rd victory for coach Bob Shaffer, who has lost just 31 times during his outstanding career.

    Now 4-0 this fall, the Wolverines put the game away in the first half with 42 points and added single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.

    Senior quarterback Erik Holmer attempted just 10 passes, but he connected on eight for 155 yards. Zak Pettit caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Holmer and added another 48-yard receiving score in the first quarter. Graham Christian helped put the game out of reach by running for second-quarter touchdowns of 29 and 27 yards.
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    Zack Bacon, Hornell (N.Y.)

    The high-flying Clairton (Pa.) football team accounted for two big numbers during Friday night's 54-6 rout of California (Coal Center, Pa.).

    The biggest number was 600. The Bears are only the ninth team in Pennsylvania history to notch 600 victories, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. They also raised their nation-leading winning streak to an even 50 games - nine short of the state record.

    Coach Tom Nola told the newspaper, "It is more impressive that we won 50 games. That is unbelievable. Fifty? It's not like we aren't playing good teams. It is hard to say how difficult of a feat that is."

    * Hornell (N.Y.) stretched the second-longest active winning streak to 42 games with a 45-13 victory over Wayland-Cohocton (Wayland, N.Y.), refusing to allow rain to dampen its homecoming festivities.

    * Waunakee (Wis.) boosted its winning streak to an even 40 games by blanking Portage (Wis.) 41-0 as senior quarterback Will Decorah threw for 286 yards.

    * Truckee (Calif.) picked up its 39th straight win with a 35-0 victory over Elko (Nev.).

    * The Webb City (Mo.) streak reached 34 games with a 48-7 victory over Republic (Mo.). That also gave the Cardinals, who scored on their first four possessions, their 85th consecutive regular-season triumph.

    * Right on Webb City's heels, Maryville (Tenn.) posted its 33rd consecutive victory by blanking Heritage (Maryville, Tenn.) 51-0. The Rebels ran just six plays in the first quarter, scoring on four of them to insure a happy homecoming.

    * Four teams remain log-jammed in seventh place by recording their 32nd straight wins. They included: Boylan (Rockford, Ill.), which blanked Freeport (Ill.) 42-0 with the help of two blocked punts; Regina (Iowa City, Iowa), which rolled past Eddyville-Blakesburg (Eddyville, Iowa) 52-14; Ithaca (Mich.), a 49-6 victor over Merrill (Mich.) as Travis Smith passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns; and Martinsburg (W. Va.), which defeated Morgantown (W.Va.) in a state headliner 56-28.
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    Su'a Cravens was an all-around star Friday, producing in every facet of the game against Anchorage South. He scored touchdowns three different ways.

    Su'a Cravens showed why he is the nation's premier safety on Friday night while sparking Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) to a lopsided 49-8 victory over South (Anchorage, Alaska). The game was part of the 2012 California High School Football Classic that pitted California schools against out-of-state teams over a two-week period.

    Photo gallery from Friday's game

    Ranked as the No. 5 overall player in the country by CBS/MaxPreps recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, Cravens was a one-man gang on defense. In addition to recovering a fumble, he scored touchdowns on an 88-yard interception return, a 10-yard return of a blocked punt and a 10-yard pass.

    The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior has committed to the University of Southern California.

    South had won its first four games by a margin of 199-9 and was ranked as the No. 2 large school in Alaska.

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  • Football players are used to braving adverse weather, but McKinley (Canton, Ohio) and host Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio) suffered through a truly bizarre game on Saturday night.

    File photo by Jeff Heffran

    McKinley persevered Saturday.

    The Dayton Daily News reported that the game was stopped with 11:54 remaining in the second quarter due to heavy rain, lightning and thunder. Three inches of rain fell in two hours and power was lost in the pressbox, stadium lights and scoreboard.

    After a delay of three hours and 51 minutes, the game resumed at 11:23 p.m. with referees keeping time on the field.

    McKinley eventually won 17-14 behind the efforts of Jeff Richardson, who scored on a 76-yard punt return, returned another punt 43 yards to set up a touchdown by Eric Glover and halted a fourth-quarter Wayne threat with a 60-yard interception return.

    Wayne coach Jay Minton told the Daily News, "We really shouldn't have played it. After three and one-half hours, it was ridiculous going back out there, but we had to do it. The rules say you have to play."