Del Oro drops overtime contest at Westlake

By: Staff Report
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After suffering a lopsided defeat to open its season two weeks ago, the Del Oro High football team was looking for a confidence boost last Friday night in the second round of the Battle For Veterans Football Showcase, played at Westlake High, in Westlake Village. Despite falling to 0-2 on the young season with a tough overtime loss to the host Warriors, the Golden Eagles showed they are on the right track to getting their season turned around. Playing competitive football from start to finish, the Golden Eagles gave state-ranked Westlake all they could handle and more, before eventually dropping a 16-13 overtime decision to the Warriors. It was the second straight season that the Warriors have bested the Golden Eagles in overtime. Del Oro will take a break from its slate as the Golden Eagles take their bye this week. Del Oro will look for its first win of the season when they host Luther Burbank on Sept. 14. Westlake, which had used three quarterbacks in their win at Del Oro over Granite Bay two weeks ago, went with Neil Uskali the whole way against the Golden Eagles and the Warriors signal-caller proved to be a thorn in the Golden Eagles’ side as he completed 32 of 48 pass attempts for 353 yards. Trailing 13-9 with a little over eight minutes to play in the game, Uskali began Westlake’s comeback by hitting Jake Rothschiller on third-and-16 for a 24-yard touchdown pass which gave Westlake its first lead of the game at 16-13. Later, after Del Oro had tied the game on a late fourth quarter field goal by Skylar Rand, Uskali provided the key play in the Warriors’ overtime possession as he connected with Dashon Hunt for 11 yards, which led to the 32-yard, game-winning field goal by Kevin Robledo. Del Oro tried to match Westlake on its possession in overtime, but the Golden Eagles saw running back Brandon Monroe stopped for a one-yard loss and quarterback Michael Moore sacked twice before Moore’s fourth down desperation pass fell incomplete. Monroe, despite being keyed on by the Westlake defense, carried the ball 30 times for 108 yards. Monroe tallied Del Oro’s touchdown in the first half by scoring on a draw play from 19 yards that gave the Golden Eagles a 10-6 advantage at halftime. Moore also had a good game by hitting on 7 of 12 passes for 112 yards.