Saturday Oct 24 2009
Eagles celebrate Homecoming with another rout
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
Pratt, Williams each score three TDs to lead Del Oro past Roseville
LOOMIS — Tailback Bryce Pratt essentially took a night off, but Del Oro High concluded its semicentennial celebration with another emphatic drubbing on Homecoming night. Tight end Adrian Williams caught three touchdown passes, Pratt ran for three more first-half scores despite finishing with a season-low 110 yards and the Golden Eagles shut out Roseville 49-0 in Sierra Foothill League action Friday. Williams, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior, caught four passes for 97 yards as quarterback Max Magleby and the Eagles exploited the Tigers’ inability to cover tight end. “We all work our butts off in practice and we have multiple players who are good,” Williams said. “We have a good o-line. We do have multiple weapons. Magleby finished 9 for 11 for a season-high 199 yards. “They were biting hard on the run,” Magleby said of the Tigers. “They’ve been focusing on Bryce. Watching them on film we knew they couldn’t cover play action very well so we went for it on the first play. You might as well take a shot, and we went back there several times. Our line blocked awesome. They held the d-line for a solid seven seconds. It felt good just sitting back in the pocket being able to pass.” Angelo Pasquale returned the opening kickoff 50 yards and Magleby threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Williams down the right sideline on the first play. Kenny Andri intercepted Roseville quarterback Nick Blaser on the Tigers’ first drive, and Magleby found Williams five plays later for a 14-yard score, igniting the rout. “Certainly at one point in time the winds do come out of the sail,” Roseville head coach Larry Cunha said. “They outplayed us and outcoached us in every facet. We’re a year removed from being SFL champions, so we should represent a little better than we did. I’m disappointed in that respect.” The Eagles (7-0, 2-0 SFL) led 42-0 at halftime. The Tigers (2-5, 0-2 SFL) missed an early field goal and failed to assemble a threatening drive. Del Oro’s offense, meanwhile, ran wild. Ibrahim Abukhdair carried 10 times for 37 yards and scored the final touchdown on a 12-yard run with 8:30 left in the game. Blaser completed only 7-of-29 passes for 65 yards. He threw two interceptions. The Eagles debuted new uniforms yet again Friday, sporting gold pants and sharp gold jerseys with black numbers in their final home game and fifth in a row. The unique schedule of five consecutive home contests in the middle of the schedule enabled Del Oro to celebrate one decade of its 50-year history each week, but now means the Eagles must finish the SFL season with three battles on the road. “Obviously one of our goals was to be undefeated at home during the regular season, and we’ve done that,” head coach Casey Taylor said. “But we’re going to have some big games and we’re going to really have to play great football down the stretch to win the SFL title.” The quest continues Friday night at Woodcreek (2-5, 1-1 SFL). “We have to be road warriors,” Magleby said. “We made a final statement at home. We just want to go back out and keep proving that we can win home and away, so that’s what we’re going to do.” Junior varsity Del Oro turned what was billed to be its toughest challenge into a laugher Friday evening, crushing Roseville 41-12. In his first game with the Eagles, Kyle Anderson opened the scoring with a 2-yard dive. Alex Bertrando returned the ensuing squib kick 65 yards for a touchdown. Nick O’Sullivan scored the third touchdown on a 2-yard dive to give Del Oro a 19-6 halftime lead, and added his second of three scores in the third quarter on a 4-yard run. He scored late in the game on another short run. Alex Mason recovered a fumble in the Roseville end zone for the Eagles’ final score. The game was delayed for 15 minutes after Austin Soldano collapsed while leaving the field. He was ambulanced to the hospital, where he was determined to be OK.