The road is unkind in Wildfires’ SMAL opener

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Foresthill High football team dropped its Sacramento Metro Athletic League opener Saturday despite a stellar defensive effort in Roseville. Chris Parker’s touchdown run in the first quarter proved to be the difference as Valley Christian posted an 8-0 victory. The Lions added a safety in the third quarter when Foresthill quarterback Shawn Pyle was sacked in the end zone by Jesse Peters. The Wildfiers managed just over 100 yards of total offense and four turnovers hurt the cause. “It was just a really ugly game offensively,” Foresthill coach Jim Herlehy said. “We had two interceptions, two fumbles and we just played really poorly.” Foresthill had a prime opportunity to tie the game in the final minute. On a quarterback sneak from the Valley Christian 1-yard line, Pyle lunged and put the ball near the goal line before it was knocked out of his hands and recovered by the Lions. Officials ruled it a fumble and Valley Christian held on for the win. Marysville 29, Golden Sierra 8 at Garden Valley — The Grizzlies hung tough with the Indians in the first half of their Golden Empire League opener, playing to a scoreless tie. Marysville came on strong in the second half as Mike Barabin, Leo Diaz, Matt Horsfall and James Chandless all found the end zone. Golden Sierra fell to 1-3 overall and will host Highlands on Friday.