Big first quarter sparks Golden Eagles rout, 38-7

By: Staff Report
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Kick-started by a big first quarter, the Del Oro Golden Eagles opened defense of their Sierra Foothill League football championship with a rousing 38-7 homecoming trouncing of visiting Woodcreek last Friday night. The Golden Eagles opened SFL play in a big way led by senior quarterback Zach Labar, who was 12 for 15 through the air for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Tyler Meteer. Senior fullback Mark Leveron rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries and added a 68-yard scoring run. “We’ve had some really close games,” Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said, following the homecoming victory. “We told the kids to believe in the process, and we hit the reset button. It’s about winning our league.” The win was the second straight for the Golden Eagles, who started off the campaign with four losses – all coming at the hands of highly-touted competition. More importantly, it also gave the Black and Gold a 1-0 SFL record going into this Friday’s game at Roseville. In last week’s victory, Del Oro used its big first quarter as an impetus to turn the game into a lopsided rout. After forcing a Woodcreek punt on the first possession of the night, the Golden Eagles used their good field position to put together a drive that ended with Skylar Rand booting through a 24-yard field goal and an early 3-0 advantage. Later in the first stanza, Del Oro struck again thanks to a pair of pass interceptions. The first score came after Therin Heryford tipped a Stephen Nogosek pass and it was hauled in by Cody Otten. Following the turnover, the Golden Eagles capitalized on a third down and 30 yards to go situation, when Leveron busted off a 68-yard scoring run for a 14-0 Del Oro lead. Following the second Del Oro score, Dylan Kainrath poured more salt on the early Woodcreek wounds with the final play of the first quarter when he grabbed a Nogosek aerial and returned it 35 yards for six points and a 17-0 advantage. The second quarter was scoreless as Del Oro’s defense, led by Heryford, Tanner Woods, Troy Kline and Jonathon Francom-Clark, helped keep Woodcreek’s two offensive standouts – Nogosek and Mitchell Layton – in check. On the evening, Woodcreek’s high-powered offense finished the night with just 275 total yards. In the second half, Del Oro slowly, but surely started taking control of the issue as Labar and Meteer hooked up on five and seven-yard scoring passes to up the count to 31-0 into the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Layton finally got the Timberwolves on the scoreboard in the fourth stanza on an 11-yard run before Duncan Small closed the scoring for the Golden Eagles with a three-yard touchdown run. Meteer also had seven tackles for the winners, while Dalton Hudek came up with a pass interception and fumble recovery. Meteer also caught seven passes for 45 yards. Woodcreek JV 34 Del Oro 26 – The visitors held off the Golden Eagles for the SFL win. Del Oro is now 3-3 overall on the season and will play at Roseville Friday at 5:30 p.m. DEL ORO 38, WOODCREEK 7 Del Oro 17 0 7 14 — 38 Woodcreek 0 0 0 7 — 7 DO — FG Rand 24 DO — Leveron 68 run (Rand kick) DO — Kainrath 35 interception return (Rand kick) DO — Meteer 5 pass from Labar (Rand kick) DO — Meteer 3 pass from Labar (Rand kick) Wood — Layton 11 run (Nogosek kick) DO — Small 3 run (Rand kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING — Woodcreek, Layton 16-54, Nogosek 4-54, Fernandez 4-6, Shurtz 3-17, Stacy 1-minus 1. Del Oro, Kainrath 18-55, Leveron 12-112, Peterson 3-34, Tuttle 2-11, Small 2-5. PASSING — Woodcreek, Nogosek 14-28-2, 145; Stacy 0-1-1, 0. Del Oro, Labar 12-15-0, 185; Moore 0-1-0, 0. RECEIVING — Woodcreek, Robinson 5-72, York 3-21, Layton 2-12, Harbison 1-19, Stacy 1-11, Rotteveel 1-8, Daw 1-2, Del Oro, Meteer 7-42, Becker 4-82, Kainrath 1-61.