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Golden Eagles crush Vintage in shutout

Del Oro Football Roundup
By: Gold Country News Service
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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. 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. Del Oro 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. 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 Friday against defending champion Granite Bay, which routed West of Tracy 40-0 Friday to improve to 5-0. “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 Alex Bertrando scored three touchdowns, Russel Smith ran 69 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the Eagles beat the Crushers 41-0. In his first game back from injury, Nick O’Sullivan had several big carries to help Del Oro improve to 5-0. Quarterback Bobby Heatherington threw touchdown passes of 27 and 31 yards to Bertrando and a 35-yarder to 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. Austin Soldano also had an interception. The Eagles host Granite Bay Friday at 5:15 p.m. Freshmen Zach LaBar scored on a 77-yard touchdown run on Del Oro’s opening play and the Eagles went on to beat Vintage 34-7. LaBar added a 30-yard interception return for a score, Peter Denham scored on a 4-yard run, Trevor Sloss added a 40-yard touchdown run and Brant Eller also scored ran for a TD. Del Oro (4-1) takes on Granite Bay Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Loomis.