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Del Oro manages to squeeze past Oakmont

By: Joshua Ansley Journal Sports Staff
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LOOMIS -The Del Oro Golden Eagles (2-3) took on the feisty Oakmont Vikings (0-4) as both teams entered Friday night’s game desperate for a victory. Del Oro managed to hold on for a much needed 26-20 win. It wasn’t pretty. With so much riding on this game for both teams, the game became heated as 15 penalties amounted to a total of 180 yards between Del Oro and Oakmont. The Golden Eagles had 10 penalties for 115 yards while Oakmont gathered five penalties for 65 yards. It seemed as if the football gods were still holding a grudge against Del Oro after running back Angelo Pasquale was stripped of the ball on Del Oro’s opening drive and Xavier Jackson returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with just under eight minutes to go in the first quarter. But Del Oro would respond. After quarterback Bobby Heatherington started the game, Max Magleby came in with a minute left in the first quarter and completed two straight passes to tight-end Alex Bertrando, one for 24 yards and another for a 10-yard touchdown pass. After sitting out the second half last week against Oak Ridge, Magleby responded well, completing six of his seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown pass. Both Magleby and Heatherington seemed to have benefited from the mixed-movement occurring at quarterback over the last two weeks. Heatherington also had a nice game with 14 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown pass, which was also completed to Bertrando. The score was 13-7 Del Oro on top at the half. Midway through the third quarter Nick O’Sullivan picked up a fumble and ran 41 yards for a touchdown. Del Oro attempted an onside kick and recovered it only to go three-and-out on the drive. Then it became the Adrian Williams show for a brief period. Williams, a former Golden Eagle, now with the Vikings, was enormous in the game. Although he only caught the ball three times for 52 yards, every catch came at a crucial time in the red zone. Williams caught a pass for 26 yards and another for nine yards, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Jordan Harris. Harris had 21 carries for 62 yards. While Del Oro managed to keep him in check throughout the game, it was the Vikings other running back, Justin Caliste, who at 5-foot, 5-inches tall and a 145 pounds, bounced through the defense like a pinball on his way to 117 yards on 6 carries. The biggest play of the game came with 1:15 left in the game and Oakmont with the ball on the Del Oro 12 yard line. It was looking grim for the Del Oro defense just before Kai VonAlvensleben intercepted quarterback Ryan Sheild’s pass and sealed the victory for the Golden Eagles. Del Oro will have a week off before hosting Rocklin High on Oct. 8. The Golden Eagles will need the rest with many players recovering from sickness and ailments, including running back Kenny Andri who is out with a left quadriceps sprain. Junior Varsity Del Oro 27, Oakmont 0 The Golden Eagles took a 27-0 lead into halftime over the visiting Oakmont Vikings, and the second half proved irrelevant. Tyler Warton played a great game at running back. Warton had a big 65-yard down to the five-yard line, setting up a Brandon Monroe five-yard touchdown run. Warton also scored on a 30-yard run. In addition to Monroe’s five-yard touchdown, he also scampered into the end-zone on a 19-yard run. Troy Kline scored after picking up fumble on Del Oro’s one-yard line and carrying it across the goal line. The Junior Varsity will really benefit from a week off as quarterback Zach Lebar continues to recover from a concussion he sustained midway through last week’s game against Oak Ridge. Freshman Del Oro 40, Oakmont 13