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Eagles soar past Falcons, into quarterfinal

Del Oro will face top seed St. Mary's on the road Friday
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS — After missing the playoffs last season for the first time in eight years, quarterback Mason Magleby and Del Oro High made an emphatic return Friday night. Magleby threw for 168 yards and four touchdowns and the No. 8 Golden Eagles routed No. 9 Christian Brothers 42-13 to advance to the quarterfinals. Del Oro will travel to Stockton Friday to take on undefeated top seed St. Mary’s, which cruised past No. 16 Buhach Colony 49-7 in its opener. The Eagles beat the Rams 36-15 on the road in 2005, the last meeting between the teams. “We know they’re a very good football team,” Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said of St. Mary’s. “They’re obviously one of the top teams in the state. We’re just looking forward to the challenge. We’re excited to get the opportunity to play them.” The Falcons (7-4) missed a 32-yard field goal on the game’s opening possession and the Eagles (9-2) responded with touchdowns on two methodical first-quarter drives. “In the beginning we were a little flat but after offense got the momentum back for us then we just came out and started executing the way we wanted to,” said defensive lineman Brandon Markin, who sacked Christian Brothers quarterback Michael Lahey on a third-and-14 at the Del Oro 26 in the second quarter. “It was crucial because we had to come back this year and show everybody that we are a team that can hang with the big boys and do it in the playoffs.” Del Oro added a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to take a 21-0 lead into the intermission. The Eagles then received to open the second half and quickly tacked on another score to make the rout official. “We expected what we got,” said Falcons head coach Andre Johansen. “I just thought we’d do a better job of stopping them on defense and we didn’t. We had opportunities but you’ve got to make tackles in space and they just did a good job. They executed very well.” Magleby completed 10-of-11 passes, including scoring strikes of 22 and 33 yards to Adrian Williams, 35 yards to Freddie Cargile and 11 yards to Spencer Butterfield. Del Oro tailback Bryce Pratt carried 22 times for 177 yards. He scored his lone touchdown on an 8-yard run in the third quarter, putting the Eagles on top 42-7. Williams also scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter. Kicker Ian Scott had a spectacular night, keeping Christian Brothers pinned deep in its own territory with booming kickoffs. Scott booted three touchbacks and sent three other kicks inside the 10-yard line. The Falcons’ best starting field position came in the closing seconds of the first half, when they began a short-lived drive at the 27. Scott was also 6-for-6 on extra points for Del Oro, which improved to 30-13 in postseason games.