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Del Oro electrifies in first half, shuts out Sac

Golden Eagles to play Hillmen
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Loomis – It wasn’t long before the Del Oro High Golden Eagles extinguished the fire of the Sacramento High Dragons, and their hopes of advancing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, with a 42-0 shutout. The center of the action took place before the half. Del Oro racked up all six touchdowns in just two quarters. Del Oro football coach Casey Taylor said he was proud of the intensity his team brought in the first six minutes of the game. “We knew we had to get off to a good start,” Taylor said. “Our defense played phenomenal. Our offense, too.” Del Oro junior running back Brandon Monroe proved why he was voted the All-Sierra Foothill League Offensive MVP. His speedy 38-yard touchdown run in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the night. His next big run took him 13 yards to the 2-yard line. He dashed in to finish the job. Continuing the electric first-half play, sophomore linebacker Tanner Woods intercepted a pass from Sacramento junior quarterback Josiah Johnson, and went on the move with it for a touchdown. “It was crazy. I saw it was short and so I got forward and I just screened it,” Woods said. “It could have been a close game, but we all came out prepared.” Golden Eagle senior quarterback Bobby Heatherington was on-point with a 36-yard completed pass that sliced right into the arms of senior wide receiver Daniel Thomas, who was waiting in the end zone. Del Oro will take on old-time rival Placer next Friday night. The much anticipated local match-up will get the winner that much closer to a section championship. “If we play Placer I’d say, ‘bring it on,’” Woods said. “Placer has been one of our rivals since the old days.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com. Game breaker: Tanner Woods Big Play: Del Oro sophomore lineman Tanner Woods picked an interception from Sacramento’s junior quarterback Josiah Johnson and ran it in for a touchdown.