Hurst, Del Oro football too much for WoodcreekBy: Jeremy McDonald / Special to the Journal
Del Oro’s Justin Burrage out for the season with shoulder injury
By Matthew Kimel
Of the Auburn Journal
Del Oro High junior Justin Burrage is out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury in Friday’s game against Woodcreek, Eagles coach Casey Taylor said.
Burrage, a defensive back and wide receiver, went down in the second quarter with a dislocation and some breaks, Taylor said.
Burrage had a successful surgery Saturday morning.
“Just got out of surgery,” he tweeted. “Thanks everyone one for the support. Broke my shoulder in half and will be 4 to 6 months recovery.”
Burrage had four interceptions on the season a year after he recorded seven picks as a sophomore, helping the Golden Eagles win league, section and NorCal titles.
LOOMIS — For the second straight time, the Del Oro High football team won a do-or-die Sierra Foothill League game.
Under a rainy sky, the Golden Eagles rose to the occasion on Halloween as they made quick work of the Woodcreek Timberwolves with a 42-10 victory, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
“We needed to come ready,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. “They got great talent. We had a few big plays before half(time). Ben Hart had a big pick that kind of turned us up heading into half.
“Then the rain hit. I’m happy for our guys and how they grinded a bit and our defense played well there in the second half and our offense did a good job running the ball.”
Quarterback Logan Hurst and the Eagles (4-5, 4-2) started the game off strong, putting points on the board on their opening drive.
Hurst rushed for 18 yards for a crucial first down before connecting with brother Mason Hurst for a 40-yard touchdown strike and a 7-0 lead.
After trading punts, Woodcreek (5-4, 1-4) took advantage of good field position following a bad Golden Eagle punt, scoring a field goal to cut Del Oro's lead to 7-3.
After Woodcreek’s Malcolm Thomas blocked a field goal to start the second quarter, the Timberwolves drove down to the Eagle 26 before a Charlie Ridgeway pass was intercepted by Mason Hurst, halting a strong Woodcreek drive.
“They tried to go deep on us to start,” Hart said. “They tried to isolate us, but we played through what our coaches had for us.”
The Eagles responded with a 68-yard pass-and-catch from Logan Hurst to Christian Guerrero to set them up with first-and-goal at the 3. Guerrero scored two plays later, giving the Eagles a 14-3 lead.
A Ben Hart interception to the house with 15 seconds left in the half gave Del Oro a 21-3 lead entering halftime
“Del Oro’s a really good team, a really good program,” said Timberwolves coach Jason Stowers. “The game slipped away there in the second quarter with the pick-six.”
Woodcreek couldn't grip the ball under the heavy downpour of rain to start the second half, resulting in a quick three-and-out for the Timberwolves.
“We have a lot of injuries, so we have to rotate our quarterbacks right now,” Stowers said of his team’s ball handling. “That’s what happens when you don’t get a lot of snaps.”
On the next offensive play, Logan Hurst kept the ball on an option play and ran it in from 38 yards out to increase the Eagles lead to 28-3.
Hurst would tack on another rushing touchdown and Dalton Gee upped the count to 42-3 with an interception for a touchdown.
Woodcreek added a Lenny Nelson touchdown off a fly sweep in the final minute to make the final score 42-10.
“We started off a little slow, then Ben Hart had a good pick and we picked up the pace a bit,” Logan Hurst said of his team’s second-half push.
Del Oro travels to rival Granite Bay (7-2, 4-1) Friday for yet another elimination game in the SFL finale, while Woodcreek is at Folsom (9-0, 5-0).