The St. Mary's football team led 10-7 early against national No. 10-ranked Bellflower-St. John Bosco, but the Braves led 28-10 at half and 48-16 after the third quarter before winning 55-16 Friday at Whittier College.

Dewey Cotton and Keaton Hampton had touchdown receptions (Cotton was 51 yards, Hampton was 6) via quarterback Jake Dunniway and Roman Rubio kicked a 28-yard field goal for the Rams (4-1). The Braves (4-1) totaled 458 yards of offense.

Dunniway finished 11 of 28 passing for 138 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. Bosco stifled St. Mary's running game, especially after starting tailback Dusty Frampton was hurt on his first carry, and Tre Jenkins paced the Rams with 27 rushing yards. Cotton had four catches for a team-high 65 receiving yards.

“A couple of fluke-ish plays” hampered the Rams, coach Tony Franks said, and an explosive Bosco team made them pay.

“They had a tipped ball that was intercepted, and later another tipped ball that was intercepted for a touchdown that made a huge difference,” Franks said, on a phone interview from the Rams’ bus postgame Friday night. “We were battling quite well earlier in the game.”

St. Mary's was hurt by losing Frampton, too.

“It took us out of balance a little bit. He got the first carry of the game and tweaked (a joint in his leg).” The Rams are unsure of the severity of the injury. Seniors in Cotton and linebacker Shawn Villegas also left the game before it finished due to minor injuries or pain.

That was true on both sides, Franks said, in an extremely physical game.

“This game was a battle for the trainers,” the longtime Rams coach quipped. “Our kids played and played hard.”

St. Mary’s has a bye next Friday before hosting Tokay to open Tri-City Athletic League play on Oct. 7 at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton.

Lodi 40, Edison 24

At Lodi, a little bit of Chase Howell and Jake Hayes, sprinkled with Cole Carouba, led to Lodi notching its first win of the season on its homecoming at the Grape Bowl.

Howell and Hayes, battling to be the Flames’ starting quarterbacks entering TCAL play that starts in two weeks, scored key touchdowns. Carouba added three scores, and rushed 27 times for 187 yards. That led Lodi to its first win of the season in the Flames’ homecoming game at the Grape Bowl.

The game was tied at 12 until 1:04 left in the second quarter. That’s when the Flames quarterback Howell, after completing a 29-yard pass to wide receiver Trey Reese to the Vikings’ 7-yard line, scored on a 7-yard run. Josh Whittock booted the extra-point to give the Flames a 19-12 lead.

-- By Mike Bush, Lodi News-Sentinel

Amador 61, Linden 7

At Linden, the Thundering Herd (4-0, 1-0 Mother Lode League) dominated from start to finish, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looking back. Daylan Thetford had 206 yards rushing on 17 carries, scoring four touchdowns, with his longest one on a 53-yard run.

The Lions (1-4, 0-1) scored their only touchdown on Hunter White’s 27-yard pass from Clinton Sizuela in the second quarter.

Orestimba 17, Ripon Christian 7

At Ripon, the Knights (1-3, 0-1 Southern League) tied the game at 7-7 on Willem Hoekstra’s 1-yard run in the third quarter, but the Warriors (3-1, 1-0) regained the lead on Toby Silva’s 10-yard TD reception from Josh Barron in the third quarter, and sealed the win on Aaron Valdovinos’ 22-yard field goal.

Hoekstra had 64 yards rushing on 19 carries to lead Ripon Christian, and Michael Kamps had 48 yards on 20 tries.