Golden Eagles swoop up win in OT

Pratt sets school record as Del Oro beats SFL rival Granite Bay, 27-21
By: Eric J. Gourley, Gold Country News Service
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When Del Oro High’s Angelo Pasquale intercepted Granite Bay quarterback Brendan Keeney on the Grizzlies’ first tiebreaker series, he knew the Sierra Foothill League rival wouldn’t get another chance. “Game over, you know,” Pasquale said. In the Golden Eagles’ huddle and throughout the monstrous crowd, there was little doubt Bryce Pratt would provide the heroics. “He’s getting it four times,” head coach Casey Taylor said. “He’s definitely getting it four times.” The star tailback only needed two. Pratt’s 6-yard touchdown run off tackle on second down carried Del Oro past Granite Bay 27-21 in an overtime thriller last Friday night. He rushed 37 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the Sierra Foothill League opener for both teams. “Bryce has been phenomenal the whole year, and it all starts up front with our offensive line,” Taylor said. “They did a great job opening holes, and Bryce is just so physical and has will and passion. He took over the game there in the fourth quarter. What a great atmosphere tonight. It was one for the ages.” Eagles kicker Ian Scott had a chance to break a 21-21 deadlock for good but was short on a 35-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. “We knew when he didn’t get it we would all come together and find a way to score at the end,” Pratt said. “Our offensive linemen have big hearts. I knew when we got the ball we’d score.” The Grizzlies (5-1, 0-1 SFL) tried the first 10-yard tiebreaker, but on third and seven, Keeney’s interception — the game’s lone turnover — set the Eagles up for victory. Del Oro (6-0, 1-0 SFL) took over on the 10. Pratt ran four yards on first down before dashing up the middle for the game-winning score. “They’re a good team,” Taylor said of Granite Bay. “They’re very well-coached. We’ve had battles with them throughout the years, and we were due. They kind of embarrassed us the last two times, and we wanted to come in here and reestablish ourselves. I think we did that tonight.” Pratt broke the Del Oro career touchdown record with his 37th, a 13-yard scamper in the first quarter that put the Eagles on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the game. “There are a lot of great running backs who have come through here, but honestly I haven’t really been thinking about it,” he said. “I was just thinking about Granite Bay this whole week.” The Eagles host Roseville (2-4, 0-1 SFL) Friday at 7:30 p.m. for Homecoming, their final home game of the regular season.