Golden Eagles pound Nevada Union, 45-35
GAME STATS Nevada Union 3 12 14 6 35
Del Oro 21 21 0 3 45
NU Braaten Sill 20-yard field goal 7:20
DO Brandon Monroe 46-yard run (Skyler Rand kick) 5:54
DO Monroe 40-yard pass from Zach Labar (Rand kick) 3:34
DO Monroe 4-yard run (Rand kick) :11
DO Danny Becker 56-yard pass from Michael Moore (Rand kick) 9:28
NU Ian Davis 15-yard pass from Kyle Cota (XP failed) 7:30
DO Monroe 50-yard pass from Labar (Rand kick) 5:33
NU Jake Berger 10-yard pass from Cota (kick blocked) 1:41
DO Tyler Meeter 7-yard pass from Labar (Rand kick) :23
NU Tanner Vallejo 31-yard run (Sill kick) 7:26
NU Cota 1-yard run (Sill kick) :09
DO Rand 30-yard field goal 5:39
For the Del Oro Golden Eagles football team the drill is simple this
week – win and qualify for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, or
lose and stay home.
That’s the storyline for Casey Taylor’s Golden Eagles, who will
entertain Rocklin Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with all sorts of
playoff implications on the line.
First, Del Oro (4-5, 3-1) can only qualify for the playoffs by
gaining one of the Sierra Foothill League’s two automatic playoff
berths. Going into Friday’s games, Granite Bay (7-2, 4-0) has
grabbed one of those berths and has cinched at least a tie for
the SFL crown. The Grizzlies will try and wrap up the outright
title Friday night at Nevada Union.
Rocklin, Del Oro’s opponent on Friday, like the Golden Eagles,
is also 3-1 in league. The Thunder (5-4, 3-1) have already earned
at least an at-large berth to the post-season and with a win over
Del Oro, would knock the Black and Gold out of the playoff picture.
In last week’s game against Nevada Union, the Golden Eagles built
a big first half lead and then held on for a wild 45-35 win over the
“The playoffs started for us this week,” Taylor said. “Our backs are
against the wall.”
Del Oro couldn’t stop Nevada Union senior quarterback Kyle Cota, who
completed 28 of 49 passes for a career-best 445 yards. But after the
Miners scored two touchdowns and forced the Eagles to punt twice in the
third quarter, Del Oro stopped the Miners on downs in the fourth period
and Skyler Rand intercepted his counterpart.
As it turned out, a 42-15 halftime lead was enough for the Eagles.
Del Oro’s Brandon Monroe, slowly rounding into shape after being
sidelined three weeks with an injury, totaled 234 of his 312 yards
rushing and receiving in the first half and scored four touchdowns.
The senior ran for touchdowns of 46 and four yards and caught
touchdown passes of 40 and 50 yards from LaBar, who completed 12 of 17
passes for 277 yards.
“We wanted to get Brandon Monroe going this week,” Taylor said. “What a
first half he had.”
Del Oro responded to a 20-yard field goal by Braaten Sill on the opening
possession by scoring four touchdowns in a row, including three by Monroe.
He darted left and right, avoided and broke tackles, and fought for extra
Michael Moore’s 56-yard touch-down pass to Danny Becker on a lateral pass
gave the Eagles a 28-3 lead early in the second quarter. Monroe’s fourth
touchdown of the first half moved Del Oro to a 35-9 lead.
Monroe said he did extra running to prepare for Nevada Union.
“We stepped it up this week,” he said.
It was a good thing Del Oro stepped it up. Nevada Union overcame 15
penalties for 80 yards, including 12 for illegal procedure and three on
extra-point tries, by forcing the Eagles to punt four times in the second
Nevada Union ran 39 plays to Del Oro’s 26 in the second half. Monroe carried
the ball on 18 of Del Oro’s 26 plays and gained 78 of his
191 yards rushing as the Eagles kept the Miners from dominating
possession. Monroe carried 31 times for 191 yards and caught three passes
for 121 yards.
Tyler Meteer, who also had a big game on defense, caught six passes for
122 yards, including two high lobs well over his head. Del Oro had 536