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Field goal sinks DO in overtime

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It remains to be seen if Westlake's thrilling 30-27 overtime win over Del Oro last Saturday night at the "Battle at the Capital" will have any post season implications down the road for either team. But if there was one conclusion taken from the epic, early season match-up, it was this - two very good football teams locked up in a scintillating inter-sectional battle that had fans from both teams on the edges of their seats. "It was a great game played in a great high school atmosphere," said Taylor. "The final outcome wasn't what we wanted, but it wasn't because of lack of effort." The game, which was tied 27-27 at the end of regulation, was decided on a 27-yard field goal by Westlake's Mike Ball on the Warriors' first play of their overtime possession. The kick came one play after an official ruled that Del Oro quarterback Bobby Heatherington's knee was down at the one-foot line on fourth and goal, negating what appeared to be a touchdown on the Golden Eagles' first overtime possession. Westlake had a shot at winning in regulation but Ball's 36-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Alex Bertrando with 2.3 seconds to play. Del Oro's Skylar Rand had tied the game 27-27 with 1:02 left on a 40-yard field goal. Del Oro had several spectacular second-half plays in the game as Blake Covey had a 77-yard touchdown catch from Heatherington and Austin Solando returned an interception 36 yards for another score. Del Oro's Brandon Monroe, who picked up a key block from Daniel Thomas, also made a nifty 42-yard touchdown run after taking a screen pass from Heatherington. Ball also kicked 45- and 33-yard field goals in regulation, but missed a 36-yarder with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that would have won the game. It was a game of clutch kicks as Del Oro's Skylar Rand tied it 27-27 on a 40-yard field goal with 1:02 left. Heatherington was 11 of 18 in the air for 213 yards, a pair of touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, Nick O'Sullivan carried 23 times for 81 yards while Brandon Monroe was 17 for 81. Blake Covey had three catches for 94 yards; Monroe had three catches for 88 yards; Alex Bertrando had three for 21 yards; and Daniel Thomas one for nine yards. On defense, Russell Smith shined with 11 tackles. He was joined by Bertrando, Covey, Tanner Huber and Alex Mason who were all credited with having strong games. This Friday night the Golden Eagles find themselves in tough game once again as Del Oro will play host at 7:30 p.m. to Clovis West, last season's CIF Central section large school champion. "We're playing another state top 20 team," said Taylor. "We're 1-1 and there's a big difference between being 2-1 or 1-2. It's another big game for us."