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Del Oro seeking SFL win

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Tonight’s annual clash between Rocklin and Del Oro on the football field may not be a championship tilt or even a meeting of two of the area’s elite teams. But the intensity between the two rivals hasn’t dampened despite their subpar records. The Golden Eagles (2-6 overall, 0-2 Sierra Foothill League) will host the Thunder (3-6, 1-2) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Del Oro, which beat Rocklin to win the 2006 section title, has been unable to break through in a close game yet this year. Four of the Eagles’ losses have been by a combined 17 points, including a 24-21 loss to Woodcreek last week. Offense has rarely been an issue for Del Oro. The balanced attack has cranked out more than 350 yards of total offense per game. Rocklin snapped a three-game losing skid with a 29-14 win last week at Oakmont. The Thunder are led by speedy junior Jackson Cummings, who averages more than 114 yards per game on the ground. Sophomore quarterback James Laughrea has steadily improved throughout the year. He’s passed for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. Both Rocklin and Del Oro have been hurt by turnovers all season. They’ve combined for 26 in eight games this season. Bear River (6-2) at Lincoln (1-7) The Bruins wrapped up a section playoff berth with a victory over Mesa Verde last week. Bear River (3-1 Pioneer Valley League) will look to continue its dominance on the ground. Jason Varni leads the attack, averaging 7.3 yards per carry with 18 touchdowns on the season. Lincoln rallied from a 34-7 deficit against Placer, but lost 48-30 last week. The Zebras are led by tailbacks Matthew Paul and Alex Cowden in their Wing-T attack. Golden Sierra (4-4) at Whitney (8-0) The Grizzlies take a break from Golden Empire League play for a showdown with the undefeated Wildcats. Golden Sierra is coming off two straight blowout wins in the GEL. The Grizzlies have churned out 2,368 yards on the ground as Jason Triola and Shae Vanommen lead the way. Triola has rushed for 662 yards and Vanommen has 544. Cameron Chappell leads the defense, averaging nearly 12 tackles per game. Golden Sierra will look to slow down Zack Graves, who has rushed for 1,591 yards on the year and has 22 rushing touchdowns.