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Eagles shot down by Cardinal Newman

By: Eric J. Gourley Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS — After a promising opening drive, it was nothing but continued frustration for the Del Oro High football team Saturday night. The Golden Eagles scored on their first possession before falling flat in a 52-25 loss to powerhouse Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa. Fresh off a 34-33 loss to Lake City at the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, Idaho, the Eagles fell to 0-2. Del Oro hasn’t lost more than two games in a season since 2003. “We just got down on ourselves once they got rolling,” said Eagles quarterback Mason Magleby said. “We just have to get back to the drawing board. It starts with the mental.” Del Oro looked strong on its opening drive, marching 64 yards on six plays to take an early 6-0 advantage on Bryce Pratt’s 8-yard touchdown run, but the Cardinals (2-0) scored on their next five possessions to lead 31-6. Cardinal Newman stretched the lead to as large as 52-12 late in the third quarter. Del Oro had a tough time tackling Cardinals’ bruiser Jeff Badger, who had six carries for a game-high 143 yards and two touchdowns. Cardinal Newman quarterback Randy Wright completed 8-of-13 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. He took a knee on every Cardinals play for the final 7:18, preventing Del Oro’s reserves from seeing any action on defense. Magleby completed 12-of-25 passes for 163 yards. He threw three interceptions. Del Oro punted once, missed a 23-yard field goal and turned the ball over on fourth down three times. Pratt carried 27 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns, adding dives of 1 yard in the third and fourth quarters. Wade Westlake also scored on a 1-yard dive in the fourth quarter. Del Oro hosts Enochs of Modesto in another nonleague game Friday at 7:30 p.m. Del Oro 30, Cardinal Newman 6 – The Eagles cruised past the Cardinals as Cody O’Sullivan ran for two touchdowns, Tyler Adair rushed for one and Brandon Acuna returned an interception for a score. Max Magleby also kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Eagles, who improved to 2-0.