Del Oro defense dominates Oakmont

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Del Oro High cleaned up against Oakmont, pulling in a 60-20 win Friday night. The Vikings (0-3) started the game against the Golden Eagles (4-1) limping before the lights even turned on at Bob Bell Stadium. Oakmont coach Tim Moore said 8 starters were out. Some were sick, while others had injuries. Despite the missing players, Moore said the Vikings went into the match-up prepared. “I felt like we had a pretty good plan in place, but we just had a hard time measuring up,” Moore said. “They did exactly what we knew they would do.” Moore said that was commanding where they would run the ball. “We had trouble aligning,” Moore said. “By the time we did we were already 30 points down.” Del Oro senior wide receiver Nick O’Sullivan said that didn’t keep the Golden Eagles from playing a relentless four quarters, apparently capitalizing on a rivalry. “Coach Taylor has some history with this team,” O’Sullivan said. “He got us fired up this week in practice. Our d-line and our o-line were the best I’ve seen.” The Golden Eagles were able to grab the momentum early on. Del Oro senior running back Brandon Monroe went for a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, on a pass from senior quarterback Bobby Heatherington. Heatherington completed 8 of 9, for 165 yards and 4 touchdowns. Del Oro senior wide receiver Russell Smith shined in the second quarter. He cruised to two touchdowns for the Golden Eagles. “Russell Smith, he was the all-star tonight, definitely the player of the game,” O’Sullivan said. Meanwhile, Oakmont senior quarterback Ryan Shields made the right call when he landed the ball in the hands of senior wide receiver Michael Schmitt. Schmitt sliced through the Golden Eagles tough defensive line all the way from the Vikings 26-yard line for a touchdown. Smith retaliated with another touchdown before halftime. He had two carries on 49 yards and two-touchdowns. In the second half, Del Oro came out with the same fierce strategy. Golden Eagles seniors Alex Bertrando, Tanner Huber and Tyler Meteer each made touchdown contributions. Oakmont senior runningback Thomas Parker added 6 points before the show was over. Adding to Oakmont’s injured players were senior runningback Robert Walton, who took a helmet to the back of his leg and senior kicker Derrikk Booth. Moore said Booth, who was receiving medical attention at the end of the game, may have received another concussion. Booth is also being heavily recruited, according to Moore. Getting his team healthy is Moore’s main concern at this point. “I think we’re a better team than what we showed this week,” Moore said. “We’ve got to get healthy.” Next week, Oakmont will host its homecoming game against Clayton Valley of Concord. Del Oro will take a break during a by week, then continue their stint on the road against Rocklin Oct. 7. Reach Sara Seyydin at Score by quarters: Del Oro 23 37 53 60 Oakmont 6 6 13 20