Del Oro throws top of SFL into a logjam
A big celebration and an eventful Senior Night for Roseville High School ended in disappointment Friday when Del Oro handed the Tigers their first Sierra Foothill League loss, 31-21 at Hanson Field.
Del Oro dominated time of possession and ran 18 more plays. The Golden Eagles lived on the run – Nick O’Sullivan and Kenny Andri each rushed for 127 yards – and stopped the run, limiting explosive Casey Lambert to 99 yards.
Del Oro was 2-4 after dropping its SFL opener to Rocklin but has come back to win three in a row. Its win over Roseville left the Tigers, Golden Eagles and Granite Bay 3-1 in the SFL.
“We can attribute playing well to all the hard work and believing what you’re about,” Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said. “You lose a couple of games and everybody starts questioning what you’re doing, but soul searching is what we’re about and we battled through some injuries, and our guys just stepped up. We’re a family, and that’s what it’s all about.”
The clincher was a 66-yard touchdown run by Andri with 4:27 remaining that gave Del Oro a 31-21 lead. Tackle Ryan Cope, guard Adrian Garibaldo and tight end Shoichi Martinson paved the way with solid blocks.
Roseville pulled to 24-21 when quarterback Nick Blaser hit Parker Daughhetee on a post pattern for a score. But the Tigers fell victim to the Eagles’ defense when Russell Smith intercepted Blaser on the next possession.
Roseville started with a bang when Daughhetee caught a 74-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game. Del Oro assembled an 11-play drive and finished it with a one-yard run by O’Sullivan. Martinson and Cope were there with the blocks.
Safety Max Magleby made two outstanding plays to keep Del Oro on top. He blocked a punt to give the Golden Eagles the ball on the Roseville 29-yard line. Roseville came up with a stop on fourth and two but was pinned in its territory. Magleby made a midfield interception, leading to a 32-yard touchdown reception for Daniel Thomas.
“I was just mentally ready,” Magleby said. “I just wanted to show the coaches that I can do it so that they would put me in the position to make the big plays. I wanted to bring our team up and get our spirits going. They just believed in me to do my job in the right spot just to keep us going.”
The half ended with a flurry of scoring. Roseville drove 96 yards and scored on a 27-yard run by Lambert, and Martinson scored with 7.1 seconds left on a 36-yard post.
Del Oro turned an O’Sullivan punt return deep into Tigers territory into a field goal and a 24-14 lead in the third quarter.
“We made too many mistakes defensively,” Roseville head coach Larry Cunha said. “We gave up a touchdown at the end of the half. And then we made mistakes on offense at crucial times.”
Del Oro 42, Roseville 14 – Del Oro scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. Roseville turned over the ball twice in its territory, leading to two passing touchdowns. The Eagles added two scores in the second period to take a 35-0 halftime lead.
Del Oro 31, Roseville 21
Del Oro 7 14 3 7 – 31
Roseville 7 7 0 7 – 21
Rose – Daughhetee 74 pass from Blaser (Vazquez kick)
DO – O’Sullivan 1 run (Rand kick)
DO – Thomas 32 pass from Heatherington (Rand kick)
Rose – Lambert 27 run (Vazquez kick)
DO – Martinson 36 pass from Heatherington (Rand kick)
DO – FG Rand 35
Rose – Daughhetee 13 pass from Blaser (Vazquez kick)
DO – Andri 66 run (Rand kick)
RUSHING – Roseville, Lambert 14-99, Blaser 5-4, Tawlks 2-12, Allin 1-18. Del Oro, O’Sullivan 26-127, Andri 19-127, Smith 2-8, Heatherington 2-3.
PASSING – Roseville, Blaser 10-27-2, 190. Del Oro, Heatherington 12-19-1, 158.
RECEIVING – Roseville, Daughhetee 4-103, Klimek 4-63, Smith 2-24. Del Oro, Thomas 6-87, Bertrando 3-20, Martinson 2-47, Andri 1-4.