Del Oro decimates Spanish Springs
LOOMIS – By halftime nobody in Golden Eagle Stadium was on the edge of their seat. In fact, fans bleeding black and gold were just taking their seats after massive celebration.
Del Oro High may have had a predictable 55-14 victory in its season opener against Spanish Springs of Sparks, Nev. (5-5 overall, 4-4 in league last season), but what wasn’t so predictable were the epic plays that got them there.
The magic came in moments like watching junior running back Brandon Monroe soar across the field for an 86-yard touchdown, one of three touchdowns for him in a second quarter that seemed to span a decade. A slew of penalty calls may have slowed the game down, but they didn’t seem to have any impact on a blazing fast Monroe.
That combined with his 12 carries and 67 yards made Monroe’s first game as a starter a success.
“It was definitely exciting,” Monroe said. “I was just so pumped before the game.”
Senior Nick O’Sullivan started the Golden Eagles out right with their first official touchdown of the season. He saw Monroe’s three and added two more to the scoreboard, one in the second and one in the third.
Senior Alex Bertrando stepped in at kicker for Skylar Rand who was injured this week, and took care of the extra-point duties.
Senior Bobby Heatherington had another solid game. He lengthened his winning streak during games he has started in since freshman year to 29. He racked up 206 passing yards, completed 6 of 12 attempts. Heatherington said the offensive line was the key to the win.
“They are solid,” Heatherington said. “I got to sit back there and watch.”
Equally as impressive was senior wide receiver and defensive back Russell Smith. He cruised to a 36-yard touchdown in the golden second quarter.
Overall the defending Sierra Foothill League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Champions had 206 passing yards and 291 rushing yards.
On the Cougars’ end of things running back Conrad Tanyi certainly pulled his weight, adding Spanish Springs’ only touchdowns.
Monroe agreed with assistant offensive coach Sean Wolf that this was a good warm-up for Del Oro’s Battle At the Capital Game against powerhouse team Westlake.
“Next week is definitely going to be a lot tougher,” Wolf said. “We were pretty confident about tonight. Next week is definitely going to be a battle. I used to live in Santa Barbara and they broadcast Westlake’s games down there. A lot of former NFL players went there.”
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