Week Five Scores:
Elk Grove 42, Grant 7
Franklin 24, Sheldon 7
Pleasant Grove 32, Monterey Trail 26
Cosumnes Oaks 28, Roseville 0
Kennedy 40, Valley 0
Bradshaw Christian 44, Vacaville Christian 0
In one of their most dominant halves of football ever played against a quality opponent, Elk Grove scored 35 points in the opening two quarters and handed Grant its first regular season loss in two years Friday night with a 42-7 Delta League victory.
And, in perhaps one of the best individual performances ever by a local football player, the Herd’s Ryan Robards scored all of his team’s touchdowns. Three were via rushing, along with 176 yards gained on 25 carries. Two more touchdowns were scored defensively – one on a 70-yard interception return for a score and the other a fumble recovery and return - and then Robards tacked on a 75-yard punt return for a TD.
“I told a couple kids (before the game) this was the time for me to prove the kind of football player I really am,” Robards said. “A big game like this, at Grant, I played well so I’ll take it.”
Robards, who was the center of numerous post-game interviews by scribes and television reporters from throughout the region afterwards, will add this performance to an impressive resume he’s already built this fall.
|EG's Ryan Robards who scored six TD's in the Herd's 42-7 romp over Grant|
In week two, he gained 277 yards on just 20 carries and scored three TD’s along with a receiving touchdown in a 41-14 win over Lincoln of Stockton. Plus, Robards had an interception and kicked a pair of field goals, including one for 51 yards.
In week three the senior three-sport athlete had 188 yards rushing on 16 carries and two TD’s in Elk Grove’s 48-14 win over Yuba City. He also returned an interception for a score.
Then last week in the Herd’s 55-0 pasting of Davis, Robards had 200 yards rushing on just 15 carries with three TD’s and tacked on a 64-yard punt return for a score.
A beaming Chris Nixon didn’t hold back the accolades not only for Robards, but also for his club’s complete dominance over a team most thought was the best team in the Delta once again.
“It’s as dominate a half that I’ve been a part of at Elk Grove,” he said. “But it was strange in how it happened. (Offensive line coach Moe Loller) and I were looking at each other saying, ‘We have only nine or ten offensive plays in the first half.’ That’s what’s been going on with this team, scoring on defense, scoring on special teams.”
Equally as complimentary afterwards was Grant’s legendary coach Mike Alberghini.
“(Robards) is a hell of a player and that is a great team,” he said as he was shaking the hands of Steve Robards, Ryan’s father.
The elder Robards was honored by the compliment coming from a man who has seen and coached many great football players over the years.
“This was as good a half as I’ve ever seen one individual play,” Alberghini told him.