Golden Eagles bop Rams - play at Elk Grove Friday
If it's Thanksgiving the Del Oro High football team must be practicing.
The Golden Eagles made sure they continued a recent trend of practicing on the turkey holiday last Friday night by venturing to Stockton and returning home with a soggy 21-10 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoff win over St. Mary's.
The win was the second straight upset for the No. 15 seed Golden Eagles, who in the first round of the post season had taken down No. 2 seed Yuba City.
Now, following its workout on Thursday, Del Oro (7-5) will try and keep their playoff run rolling when they play Friday night at No. 3 Elk Grove. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Thanksgiving practice for Del Oro means the Golden Eagles have reached the semi-final round of the CIF playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Offensively Del Oro rode the shoulders of standout running back Brandon Monroe to take the win. The senior, who is headed to San Jose State on scholarship, had 36 tackle-breaking carries for 296 yards, with touchdown runs of 65, 33 and 11 yards.
"Our line did a great job tonight," said Monroe, who also caught three
passes for 36 yards. "The defense did an amazing job. We just kept
About the only mistake the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Monroe made was when he
overthrew Cody Otten on a fourth-down pass play at the St. Mary's 31
with his team leading 7-0 in the second quarter. Otten was 20 yards in
the clear, but no matter. The Rams had no answer for Monroe and
quarterback Zach Labar, who made enough plays to keep the chains moving.
"(Monroe's) a special player," Golden Eagles coach Casey Taylor said.
"Not only is he a great player on the field, but he's a team player, very
St. Mary's defense did a poor job tackling the entire game, but much of
the credit goes to Monroe and his blockers.
"They just kept going up the middle," Rams senior defensive back Na'im
McGee said. "Their offense, their running back is deep and he just hits
the hole wherever it is. He kept cutting it back and that's what kept
beating us. They definitely came prepared to play."
St. Mary's (9-3) took the opening kickoff and drove 67 yards to Del
Oro's 1-yard line. The Golden Eagles stopped Rams' quarterback Kaleb
Parrish short of the goal line on a fourth-down sneak, and proceeded to
travel 99 yards with the final 65 coming on Monroe's first TD run of the
Later in the second half, Monroe had scored on a 33-yard run, with 5:32 left in the third quarter, and on an 11-yard run, with 25 seconds left in the third to put the game away.