Rocklin in Del Oro’s way, again

Prep football primer
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Friday night will kick off a rematch between rivals Del Oro High and Rocklin. The last time the two teams met, it was for the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section championship at UC Davis.
Del Oro is looking for sweet revenge after losing the title game last season by just one touchdown. Tonight’s game is also the Sierra Foothill League opener for both teams.
Del Oro enters the game having endured a rough non-league schedule and is looking to even out its overall record after finishing 2-3. Rocklin is 4-1 overall.
The Golden Eagles are hoping the momentum has shifted in their favor after knocking off Oakmont on Sept. 24. Defensive back Kai VonAlvensleben, who sealed the game for Del Oro with a late interception, said he thinks the momentum will carry Del Oro a long way.
“We’re going to bring the momentum into the Rocklin game and see what we can do with them,” he said.
The game might feature the toughest test yet for VonAlvensleben and the Golden Eagle’s defense. Rocklin quarterback Jimmy Laughrea has already thrown for over 1,000 yards and is averaging just under 230 passing yards a game.
“Their quarterback is the best I have seen in many years,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. “It will be a huge test for us.”
The Thunder offense also showcases a solid rushing attack. Junior running back Brian Macdonald is averaging 111 rushing yards a game. In a win over Ponderosa last week he ran for 127 yards.
Bear River (4-1) at Placer (4-1)
The Pioneer Valley League title race will begin to take shape tonight when two of the favorites meet at Le Febre Stadium.
The Bruins are coming off an emotional 14-7 victory over River Valley. The win came just four days after the death of junior receiver Justin Butler.
Placer has posted back-to-back blowout victories over Woodland and El Dorado.
No team has been able to contain senior tailback Josh Turney. He has already piled up 691 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on just 64 carries this season. Meanwhile junior Brad Spangler has been even more explosive, averaging 12.83 yards per carry with five touchdowns.
The Hillmen will face a tough rushing defense that includes linebackers Jimmy Bamburg and Sean O’Brien along with stout defensive lineman Dillon Huffman. All three were a part of Bear River’s undefeated junior varsity team last season.
Offensively, the Bruins have relied on senior Sam Houston, who is averaging 93 yards per game. Josh Toft has been a pleasant surprise as a tailback, averaging over 8 yards per carry for the Bruins.
Center (1-4) at Colfax (3-2)
The Cougars get their first taste of the Pioneer Valley League with a visit to Marson Field.
The Falcons are looking to rebound from a loss to Wheatland last week while Center is reeling. In their four losses, Center has scored just 19 points. The Cougars beat Johnson 47-8 on Sept. 10 for their lone win of the season.
Colfax will look to set the tone with fullback Tom Baldoni. The former linebacker has put up impressive numbers carrying the ball this season, averaging more than nine yards per carry with six touchowns. No other Colfax player has scored a rushing TD.
Foresthill (3-3) at Cristo Rey (0-6)
After a tough loss to undefeated Delta last week, the Wildfires will look to get well against a winless Cristo Rey squad on Saturday at San Juan High School.
Foresthill allowed 350 rushing yards in the loss to the Saints. The Wildfires also committed five turnovers in the game.