Tuesday Sep 29 2009
Eagles fly sky high in 62-12 rout
By: Eric J. Gourley, Gold Country News Service
Del Oro Football Roundup
The Del Oro High cheerleaders may reconsider their post-touchdown ritual of a pushup for every point the Golden Eagles put on the scoreboard after Friday night’s rout of Franklin. Bryce Pratt ignited an offensive onslaught with his only two touchdowns in a dominant first quarter and the Del Oro varsity squad trounced the Wildcats from Elk Grove 62-12 in their home opener. “We just worked hard all week and it paid off tonight,” said Pratt, who finished with a modest 127 yards on 17 carries after piling up more than 500 yards on the ground in the Eagles’ first two games. If there was any doubt Del Oro football is back after convincing road wins against perennial powers, the Eagles dispelled it in front of a raucous crowd. Freddie Cargile caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Max Magleby with 1:40 left in the first quarter. He intercepted a pass on the first play of the ensuing Franklin (2-1) drive and returned it 29 yards for another score, just nine seconds later. Two minutes after the interception return, Cargile caught a toss from Magleby behind the line of scrimmage and threw a double pass down the sideline to Brandon Acuna for a 61-yard touchdown that put the Eagles (3-0) up 35-0. Adrian Williams caught touchdown passes of 34 and 21 yards from quarterback Max Magleby, who finished the night with 192 yards. Magleby also threw scoring strikes to Spencer Butterfield and a second to Cargile. The Eagles host Merced Friday in their penultimate tune-up for their Oct. 16 Sierra Foothill League opener against archrival Granite Bay. Junior Varsity Nick O’Sullivan scored two touchdowns and Austin Soldano intercepted three passes, including one inside the Del Oro 5-yard line, as the Eagles silenced Franklin 21-0 Friday. Bobby Heatherington also scored on a 27-yard run as Del Oro improved to 3-0 without injured captain Tanner Huber, who left in the first quarter of the team’s week two win at Cardinal Newman. O’Sullivan returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and scored on a quarterback keeper late in the game. The Eagles defense has allowed only six points through three games. Del Oro hosts Merced Friday at 5:15 p.m. Freshmen The Del Oro defense stopped a two-point conversion with 52 seconds left, fending off Franklin for a 21-20 win last Thursday. The Eagles improved to 2-1 after falling to Granite Bay by the same score in week two. Tyler Wharton ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter after Josh Krieger intercepted a pass from Franklin quarterback Trent Spallas. Spallas ran the ball in for a touchdown in the final minute to pull Franklin to within a point, but Wharton made a game-saving tackle near the goal-line. The freshmen host Merced Thursday at 5:30 p.m.