Foresthill pounds Valley Christian 64-0

By: Nick Hunte/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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FORESTHILL — The Foresthill Wildfires put on a scoring clinic against the Valley Christian Lions, earning an easy 64-0 Sacramento Metro Athletic League shutout Friday night at Foresthill High School.

Seniors Rocky Thompson, Tommy Sawyer and Wes Archbold of Foresthill (6-1 overall, 5-0 SMAL) were the top performers. Sawyer completed four of 11 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Archbold had seven carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and Thompson had six carries for 74 yards and two scores.

Thompson said blocking was the key to victory over the Lions (2-6, 2-4).

“We’ve got our blocking down, and that’s the biggest thing to me,” he said. “We got it done there, and that just plays into everything else.”

Sawyer agreed.

“The biggest thing for our offense is getting our confidence up, our lines knowing they can block. Our team is clicking pretty well,” he said.

Junior receiver Matt O’Brien had two receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore tight end Connor McCann also scored a touchdown.

Valley Christian played without several injured seniors.

“We had mostly freshmen and sophomores playing,” head coach Todd Conroy said. “We were down to having no skill players. We just had young guys just trying to play football, but I was still proud of them because they stepped up and did the best they could.”

The Lions play host to Delta in their homecoming game next week and hope to snap a four-game losing streak.

“It will be a little more emotional for us, and the guys that were hurt should be coming back so we’re going to be at better strength,” Conroy said, also acknowledging Foresthill’s performance. “You’ve got to give props to them. They always get us at homecoming, and it’s always an emotional game.”

Foresthill head coach Jim Herlehy said there are still areas in which his team can improve, such as pass protection.

“We also missed out on some big plays, too,” Herlehy said, adding that he and the players will focus solely on Woodland Christian for the coming week.

“We need to have every ounce of focus for this next game, since it will pretty much be for the league title,” Herlehy said. “Woodland will be rested after their bye week this week, but I think we’ll be up for the challenge.”

Despite scoring 10 touchdowns, this was Foresthill’s second-highest scoring game this season. The Wildfires beat Cristo Rey 67-20 on Sept. 29.