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Del Oro clinches tie for SFL crown

Roseville looks for lucky No. 3
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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LOOMIS – The Del Oro High football team soared past the Roseville Tigers 45-20 Friday night to secure at least a share of the Sierra Foothill League title. Del Oro senior Bobby Heatherington made his last home game at Golden Eagle Stadium count with three touchdowns. Two of those passing efforts were quickly apprehended by Del Oro senior tight end Alex Bertrando in the third quarter, one for 41 yards. Heatherington said after the Golden Eagles’ (7-1, 3-0 SFL) pivotal win last week against Granite Bay, some people expected they’d play with a lack of intensity against the Tigers (5-3, 2-1 SFL). “It’s been amazing these past four years. All my football friends and I have been through thick and thin together, mostly the thick,” Heatherington said. “It’s probably been the best four years of my life. Some people expected that after we beat Granite Bay this week that we would come out flat, but we didn’t.” Del Oro junior running back Brandon Monroe showed some of the future promise of the team. He had two touchdowns, while senior kicker Skylar Rand made a field goal and point-after attempts look effortless, never missing a single one. Roseville needs one more Sierra Foothill League win to qualify for playoffs. While they were hoping to secure that Friday, Coach Larry Cunha said his team would try for lucky number three next week against Granite Bay. “We want to qualify for the playoffs,” Larry Cunha said. “A win guarantees it. If we lose it’s kind of a iffy.” Moving forward, Larry Cunha said Roseville needs to minimize its turnovers and play more consistent. In the third quarter, Tiger junior running back Grant Jansen finally broke through the Golden Eagles’ airtight line on a one-yard touchdown. Roseville senior quarterback Zac Cunha completed a pass to senior running back Grady Allin for a 26-yard touchdown play. Del Oro senior free safety Austin Soldano made his last Friday night under his home lights count, too. He had his fourth interception of the season. Soldano, who is also a shooting guard on the basketball team, didn’t play football his junior year, but decided to come back for senior year. “Del Oro is a very close school,” Soldano said. “There are a lot of fans here and I just really wanted to play my last year.” Next Friday, Del Oro has its final SFL match-up, at Woodcreek. If the Golden Eagles win, they’ll have an undefeated record in league. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com. Score by quarter: DO 7 31 38 45 R 0 7 14 20