Del Oro frosh 'stick' Thunder in SFL opener

By: Ty Bettencourt Special to the Loomis News
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LOOMIS - It doesn't take an incoming Del Oro freshman long to realize that the cross town rivalry with the Rocklin Thunder is alive and well. The Golden Eagles were the first the to take the field as they met the Thunder Thursday evening at the Del Oro Stadium. The Golden Eagles came out of the chute early with a dominating presence as Danny Becker ran the opening kick-off 75 yards back for a touchdown. After the extra point by Brandon Lopez, the score was 7-0, and only a few seconds had gone by. Rocklin answered quickly. A pass by quarterback Michael Moore was intercepted on Rocklin's 35-yard line and was run back to the Rocklin 5-yard line. Rocklin scored on the next play. The Golden Eagles held Rocklin to six points after Tanner Woods blocked the Thunder's extra point. Del Oro never looked back. The next series was dominated by runs by Cody Clayton and Dylan Kainrath, as the Golden Eagles drove down to the 25-yard line. A left power play to Therin Heryford and a 25-yard run put Del Oro up 14-6. Rocklin took over the ball but the Del Oro defense proved too much and the Thunder struggled all night long to get a first down. On a Rocklin pass play Jacob Noah got up in the Rocklin quarterback's face, forcing him to lob the ball into the air. Michael Moore and Therin Heryford tipped the pass to Jahaan Nargussi, who intercepted the ball on the Del Oro 40-yard line. Dylan Kainrath was able to capitalize on the turnover with a 40-yard touchdown run. A failed 2-point conversion left the score at 20-6. On Del Oro's next offensive drive, the team made it all the way down to the 15-yard line. Dylan Kainrath ran the ball and fumbled it on the 1-yard line, but Del Oro was able to recover it. Penalties forced Del Oro back to their 15-yard line, where a pass intended for James Corbett was intercepted by Rocklin. It only took the Del Oro defense two plays to get the ball back as Brandon Johnson and Jacob Noah tackled the running back in the backfield, forcing a fumble. Tanner Woods corralled the fumble for Del Oro on the 25-yard line. James Corbett and Dylan Kainrath ran the ball for the Eagles to the end of the first half, but ran just short on time as the clock ran down with Del Oro on the Rocklin 4-yard line. The second half began with Del Oro up 20-6. With Del Oro in punt formation, Dylan Kainrath received a direct snap and ran the ball 35-yards into the end zone, bringing the score to 27-6. Rocklin's offense took over again, but a pass was tipped once again, this time by Tyler Meteer into the hands of Danny Becker, who ran 30-yards for another Del Oro touchdown. On the kickoff return Rocklin attempted a reverse and the ball was stripped and recovered by Brandon Snow on the Rocklin 30-yard line, setting up a Dylan Kainrath power-run up the middle for a touchdown. Michael Moore completed a pass to Andrew Edwards for a 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 42-6. The Thunder fumbled on their own 30-yard line, giving Del Oro great field position as the game was drawing to an end, but the Eagles were unable to score. The Del Oro freshman are now 6-0 overall, and 1-0 in the Sierra Foothill League with the win over Rocklin. Del Oro will take on the Nevada Union Miners next on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Del Oro.