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Del Oro JVs stay perfect with 23-8 victory over Granite Bay

Del Oro Football Roundup
By: Eric J. Gourley, Gold Country News Service
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Nick O’Sullivan scored two touchdowns and Del Oro beat Granite Bay 23-8 in JV action last Friday. “Granite Bay is probably the second good team we’ve played, Cardinal Newman being the first,” head coach Jerry Van Lengen said. “Some of the other teams we’ve played haven’t been very strong, so this was a good test for us.” O’Sullivan scored on a short run in the first quarter and added the Eagles’ final score on a 1-yard dive after Blake Covey recovered a fumble caused by Scott Craythorn. Alex Bertrando caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Heatherington. Bertrando also kicked a 23-yard field goal to give the Golden Eagles (6-0, 1-0 SFL) a commanding halftime lead. The Grizzlies’ lone score came in the game’s final minute. “This group we have were undefeated last year as freshmen,” Van Lengen said. “We haven’t beaten Granite Bay since 2003. We didn’t play them in 2004 or 2005 and we’ve lost to them the last three years, so it was nice to finally get one.” Del Oro’s junior varsity has lost only six games in the last seven years — three of which have come at the hands of the Grizzlies. The Eagles host a potent Roseville squad Friday at 5:15 p.m. “Our big game’s coming up,” Van Lengen said. “It’s probably the toughest game on our schedule.” Despite losing captain Tanner Huber to a torn ACL early in the season, Del Oro is eagerly anticipating the return of Kyle Anderson, the starting tailback for the freshmen last year. “He’s been ineligible with grades, so he’ll be back this week,” Van Lengen said. “We’re looking forward to getting him. He’s a pretty good player.” Freshmen Granite Bay beat Del Oro for the second time this season, 35-7 last Thursday. The Grizzlies edged the Eagles 21-20 in nonleague action on Sept. 17, but things weren’t as close the second time around. Granite Bay blocked an Eagles punt into the end zone for a score on Del Oro’s opening drive, and the rout was on. The Grizzlies led 28-0 at halftime and scored another touchdown early in the third quarter. Steven O’Neil caught an 8-yard pass from Eagles quarterback Zach LaBar in the final minutes to avoid the shutout. Del Oro (4-2, 0-1 SFL) hosts Roseville Thursday at 5:30 p.m.