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Del Oro suffers 40-0 loss to Oaks Christian at Battle for Veterans

Golden Eagles lose starting quarterback early
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Del Oro coach Casey Taylor was still capable of looking at the bigger picture after his high school football team suffered a 40-0 loss to Oaks Christian in the season-opening, showcase showdown of Friday night’s Battle for Veterans in Loomis. “It was a good event I guess,” Taylor said of the fundraiser, which benefited wounded soldiers. “We supported the troops. That’s about the most positive thing we did.” The Golden Eagles (0-1) never really got much going, and it certainly didn’t help their cause that senior quarterback Zach LaBar was knocked out of the game after a keeper on the third offensive play of the game. “Somebody landed on my ankle and it turned the wrong way,” said LaBar, who was using crutches after the game, of what went wrong on the play. LaBar, who would like to be back in action next week when Del Oro travels to Southern California to play Westlake in the second part of the Battle for Veterans, said he’s hoping his left ankle is sprained, not broken. Junior quarterback Michael Moore completed 7 of 17 passes for 71 yards and an interception replacing LaBar. Oaks Christian (1-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter with a 69-yard drive. The Lions added two more touchdowns on 80- and 73-yard drives in the second half. From there the route was on. As expected, Del Oro senior Brandon Monroe carried the bulk of the load on offense, rushing for 92 yards on twenty carries. Monroe, who recently verbally committed to San Jose State, had two big runs of 19 and 35 yards. The two-way player also had an interception early in the third quarter, but fumbled the ball away on the next play and it was returned 60 yards for a touchdown. “I didn’t even see him,” Monroe said. “He came up from the back side. He hit me really hard. I didn’t even know where I was at first.” Taylor said he’s hoping Oaks Christian is the best team the Golden Eagles have to face all year, although he knows his team has a tough schedule and league. Junior Brandon Dawkins threw for 147 yards, completing 12 of 16 passes for Oaks Christian. He also ran for a score and threw an interception and a touchdown. Junior Chris Davis led the Lions with 93 rushing yards on just four attempts, including a 69-yard score. Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel