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Eagles pound Crushers

Pratt ties school mark in 60-0 rout
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS — Del Oro High couldn’t look much more primed for its Sierra Foothill League opener against bitter rival Granite Bay. The Golden Eagles scored touchdowns on their first five possessions, recorded two safeties and held Vintage to one first down through the first three quarters of a 60-0 rout Friday night. Running back Bryce Pratt tied the school career record for touchdowns with his 36th in the final seconds of the first quarter. His third score of the game and 17th of the season gave the Eagles a 37-0 lead. That touchdown would be Pratt’s last carry, as he stood on the sideline for the final 36 minutes after rushing 10 times for 186 yards in the opening stanza. Senior backup Ibrahim Abukhdair was just as effective over the final three quarters, finishing the night with a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. “It was great, man,” said Abukhdair, who had only 60 rushing yards last season as a junior. “Getting out there early this year is really fun. I’m happy to be behind a great offensive line. This is a great team.” Sporting their traditional black jerseys with gold lettering but new white pants, the Eagles (5-0) won by their largest margin since a 56-0 shutout of Valley in 2004. “They were excited about it,” said head coach Casey Taylor, who tried his best to keep the attire under wraps until Thursday night. “An Under Armor rep hooked us up with some pants. I kind of held them out. I think somebody saw them and said they saw them but I told them I didn’t have them. It kind of helped them get a little fired up tonight. It’s just a little treat for how they’ve been starting.” The rout was Del Oro’s first shutout of the season and eclipsed a 62-12 win over Franklin in its home opener last month. “Our defense played great,” Taylor said. “We really got advantage on field position and obviously they were outmanned a little bit. Sometimes you play down to the competition and I think our guys did a good job coming out and playing how we’ve been playing and got a good half in. Our second (string) played great in the second half.” The Eagles’ first safety followed a 10-yard sack of Vintage quarterback Jackson Maher by junior Tyler Adair early in the first quarter. The Crushers fumbled the snap on a second-and-20 from their own 3-yard line and the ball rolled out the back of the end zone. “We always come out hard on defense,” Adair said. “We try to set the tone. Coming out with a big sack gets everybody fired up, ready to go.” The second safety came after Vintage’s Jake Elliot received a booming kickoff inches from the sideline and his momentum carried him out of bounds at the 2-yard line. Del Oro fumbled the ball away once, but the Crushers returned the favor on the next play and the Eagles quickly scored. They led 53-0 at halftime, prompting referee Jim Waldman to call for a running clock in the second half. Del Oro Quarterback Max Magleby completed all five passes for 88 yards, including touchdowns to Spencer Butterfield and Adrian Williams in the first half. The Eagles’ second string was strong on the ground. Kyle Ondahl had five carries for 48 yards, Cody O’Sullivan rushed five times for 34 and Shoichi Martinson ran three times for 22. Dylan Robertson scored Del Oro’s final touchdown on a 4-yard run and finished with five carries for 17 yards. “It’s nice because scout team always puts in tons of work during the week getting us ready for teams,” Adair said. “It’s nice to see them come out and get their time and their glory.” Del Oro’s backup defense frustrated the Crushers late in the fourth quarter on their only scoring opportunity. Vintage drove nearly 60 yards for a first-and-goal at the Eagles’ 7, but the Crushers lost yardage on two runs and Del Oro’s Dylan Robertson and Chris Winger broke up Maher’s end zone pass on fourth down. The Eagles open SFL play at home next Friday against defending champion Granite Bay, which routed West of Tracy 40-0 Friday to improve to 5-0. Del Oro will be without junior offensive lineman Chris Townsend, who suffered an apparent right knee injury during the second half Friday. They’ll also miss starting guard Nick Zieour, who spent his first game on crutches and is expected to miss two more, pending a weekend MRI. “We’re definitely going to have to keep our heads on straight,” Abukhdair said. “We can’t get too cocky. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We know this is going to be the biggest game of the season.” Junior varsity Del Oro 41, Vintage 0 — Russel Smith ran 69 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the Eagles improved to 5-0. Quarterback Bobby Heatherington threw touchdown passed of 27 and 31 yards to Alex Bertrando and a 35-yarder to Nick O’Sullivan as Del Oro took a 27-0 halftime lead. Bertrando returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Dominic Piazza scored the last touchdown on a 2-yard run.