Del Oro falls to 0-3 after loss to Burbank

By: Garrett Johnston / Special to the Journal
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Del Oro lost its third straight game to open the 2012 season against Burbank on Friday night 28-23.


Although the outcome wasn?t what they wanted, the Golden Eagles could not have asked for a more ideal start against the Titans.


Running back and star senior Brandon Monroe received the opening kickoff and promptly returned it 83 yards for a 7-0 lead from the get-go.


“Our special teams have done a really good job (practicing) this week,” Monroe said.


“And a really good job in the game. I feel like they blocked (the opening play) perfectly and I was able to read it and score.”


For Monroe, it was a huge way to set the tone against a strong Burbank squad.


Del Oro added a blocked punt deep in Burbank territory, which ended in a safety that put the Golden Eagles up 9-0.


The first quarter would end at that score with Monroe rushing five times for 27 yards to compliment his special teams score.


With 11:09 left in the second quarter, Monroe went down with a left thigh contusion.


He would not return but after the game said he is expecting to play next week at Grant.


For Burbank, Isiah Williams produced a spirited first-half running attack that included eight rushes for 81 yards and two touchdowns.


The biggest of which was his 58-yard touchdown run off of a fake punt with 4:13 left in the second quarter.


He would score again on an eight-yard strike with 42 seconds to play in the half.


The half ended with Del Oro holding on to its 16-12 lead.


The second half began well for Del Oro. Del Oro?s cornerback Josh Krieger intercepted Burbank?s Ernest Jenkins and that led to a 43-yard touchdown drive for Del Oro. It was capped by Monroe?s replacement, Mark Leveron, scoring a five-yard touchdown run, which put Del Oro up 23-12 with 7:06 left in the third.


But it would be their last score of the game.


Burbank?s fullback Ondrai White took advantage of good blocking for a 45-yard touchdown run with 3:27 to go in the third to make it 23-20 Del Oro.


Perhaps just as impressive as Monroe?s opening theatrics was Burbank?s wingback Calvin Green and his 86-yard touchdown run which gave the Titans their first lead of the game at 28-23 with 58 seconds left in the third.


Although Del Oro made a push with wide receiver Therin Heryford?s 47-yard reception, which was fumbled by himself and two other Golden Eagles by play?s end, they would give the ball right back to the Titans on their next play from scrimmage.


The Titan?s Isiah Williams finished with 14 rushes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.


“This was the first time we beat them (Del Oro),” Williams said after the game. “We were pressured, we didn’t have a lot of fans (here) but we pulled through and this is amazing.”


The second half charge by the Titans was one that Williams was happy to see.


“It just shows that anything is possibly if you play as a team, anything can happen. We pulled it off.”


Although the injury to Monroe was frustrating for Del Oro fans, he was in good spirits after the game and had a holistic perspective to his final year at Del Oro.


“I want to stay healthy and take every opportunity that I can. This is my last year at Del Oro and I want to make it special. It?s been a great experience here.”