Del Oro goes out in style

Magleby, Golden Eagles rout Oakmont in finale
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS — In the north end zone of a field that has produced 50 wins in five seasons, at a school that hasn’t missed the playoffs as long as any current student has called Del Oro home, Mason Magleby crouched and cried. He couldn’t have played more triumphantly in his finale. Magleby’s career night highlighted the Golden Eagles’ 37-9 season ending win over Sierra Foothill League foe Oakmont, capping a rare losing season for Del Oro in style. The quarterback completed 20 of 29 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns, smashing his previous record of 270 yards, set in a 34-33 season-opening loss to Lake City in Idaho on Sept. 13. Even his incomplete passes were right on the mark, slipping in and out of receivers’ hands. “I just tried to give it my best effort every single play,” said Magleby, who passed for more than 1,800 yards and rushed for an additional 600 in his senior season. “Coming out and getting a win, I don’t want to say it saved our season, since we didn’t make the playoffs, but it definitely helped to go out on a better note like that. It was just nice having success.” The Eagles finished 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the SFL, squandering leads in five of those six defeats. “We lost a handful of tough games where we didn’t take advantage of opportunities to win, but I’m proud of our guys,” Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said. “Two weeks ago we could have folded tent and really just quit. I think everyone saw these last two weeks how much of a quality team we are. We really feel that we’re a playoff team that just came up short on a few games.” In the Eagles’ most dominant win of the season, the Vikings (2-8, 0-5 SFL) scored first on quarterback Matt Ewing’s 28-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the first quarter. Del Oro then rattled off 37 straight points before Oakmont’s final score midway through the fourth quarter. Bryce Pratt scored the Eagles’ first two touchdowns on runs of 21 and 11 yards, and Magleby completed second-quarter scoring strikes of 20 yards to Barry Nobles and 3 yards to Spencer Butterfield as Del Oro mounted a 27-3 halftime lead. Magleby kicked a 19-yard field goal on Del Oro’s opening possession of the second half and found Nobles for a 12-yard touchdown pass minutes later after Nathan Richmond intercepted a Ewing pass. Butterfield, a junior, caught nine passes for 171 yards. Nobles, a senior, caught eight for 80. Pratt, another junior who figures to be a major contributor again for the Eagles next fall, ran 14 times for 64 yards. “We have a lot to build on,” Taylor said. “Our freshmen were undefeated. Our JV were 8-2 and we’ll have a two-game win streak going into next season.” Junior varsity Del Oro 35, Oakmont 14 — Kenny Andri ran for three touchdowns as the Eagles clinched at least a share of the SFL crown. Mitch Krieger caught a 20-yard scoring strike from Max Magleby and Kenneth Andersen recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for Del Oro (8-2), which led 21-0 at halftime.