Golden Eagles kick off Friday

Del Oro hosts Spanish Springs
By: Staff Report
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If it’s August it must be time for high school football. That’s the storyline this week at Del Oro High School as the lights flip on Friday night when the Golden Eagles kick off their 2011 season with a zero week game at home against Spanish Springs, of Sparks, Nev. Varsity game time is set for 7:30 p.m. following the 5:15 p.m. JV preliminary contest. A year ago the Golden Eagles played their zero week game in Las Vegas against national power Bishop Gorman, and while the Cougars from the 4A High Desert League, of Northern Nevada, aren’t in the same class as Gorman, there is no way coach Casey Taylor will allow his Golden Eagles to think their opener is a walk-through. “We’re excited about the season getting going,” said Taylor. “The team has been working hard every day and trying to get better. Spanish Springs will be a good test for us.” Del Oro enters the 2011 campaign with a lot of anticipation as the Golden Eagles return a core of athletes who all played pivotal roles in last season’s run to the Sierra Foothill League and CIF Div. III titles. Mix that in with an influx of youthful potential and the Golden Eagles look primed to pick up this season where they left off in 2010. “We had a great camp,” added Taylor, who is beginning his tenth season at the helm for the Golden Eagles. “We’ve got a lot of good work in, but we still have plenty of room for improvement.” With Spanish Springs, the Golden Eagles will be playing a school with an enrollment of 2,400 students. The Spanish Springs Cougars went 5-5 last season and qualified for the Nevada North 4A playoffs. Three of the Cougars’ five setbacks in 2010 were by a touchdown or less. “They looked good in their scrimmage with Manogue last week,” said Taylor. “I thought Spanish Springs was the better team.” This season Spanish Springs is looking for big things from 5-11, 205-pound senior running back Conrad Tanyi. Despite missing part the 2010 season, Tanyi rushed for nearly 600 yards and scored 10 touchdowns for the Cougars. Spanish Springs coach Scott Hare has tagged sophomore Hunter Fralick to take the quarterback reins this season. Fralick threw for 1,200 yards last season on the Cougars’ JV team. Also back for the Cougars are a pair of juniors – linebacker Vinny Agliolo and defensive end Nick Audenried – both started last season as sophomores. They’ll be joined by senior linebacker standout Clay Bagwell as the Cougars’ main stoppers on defense. Del Oro will counter with experience on offense keyed by quarterback Bobby Heatherington, running backs Nick O’Sullivan and Brandon Monroe, and on defense from linebacker Alex Bertrando, lineman Zach Heath, linebacker Tanner Huber and defensive back Russell Smith.