Del Oro handles homecoming business, trouncing Oak Ridge, 56-21By: Jason Reed
LOOMIS– The Golden Eagles’ undefeated season remained intact Friday night during homecoming after a 56-21 thumping of the Oak Ridge Trojans.
Del Oro improved to 7-0 and 3-0 in the Sierra Foothill League while handing Oak Ridge (5-2, 2-2) its second loss of the season.
The Trojans marched the ball down the field, deep into Golden Eagle territory when quarterback Matt Jenner threw a pass that was intercepted by Del Oro. On the ensuing offensive play, the Trojans were able to catch a break when Nathan Addleman returned a bad snap for a 10-yard touchdown.
Del Oro immediately responded with a 90-yard kick return and the onslaught was just getting started. Del Oro scored 49 straight points. They took a 28-7 lead into the half and proceeded to pick up where they left off in the first half. After returning the kick for a score in the first half, Johnny Guzman struck again out of intermission and took another back, this time for 95 yards.
“I think our special teams might be the best in the state,” Golden Eagles head coach Jeff Walters said. “A lot of people said this was going to be our first real test of the season. I think we did a lot of good things, but overall I’m pretty happy with the performance of the team.”
Jenner completed 16 of 29 passes for 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
“I think we had the right game plan going into the game; we just didn’t execute it,” Jenner said. “From the start, they wanted it more than us.”
Jenner said as a leader, he could have led the team better and said that’s what he plans to do when the opportunity comes again.
The Golden Eagles were able to use a balanced run attack to keep the Trojans off the field, rushing for a team total of 227 yards four rushing touchdowns. After cutting the deficit to 49-21, Del Oro got the ball in the fourth quarter and orchestrated a drive that took nearly nine minutes. The drive ended in a 6-yard run by Jaden Gravatt, giving the Trojans no chance of a potential comeback.
“We didn’t take advantage of a few opportunities that we had,” said Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere, who credited the experience of the Golden Eagles. “They are just a very experienced team. They were a team that went deep into the playoffs last year with very few seniors. They just have a very experienced and good solid team, and that was the difference.”