Golden Eagles varsity

By: Staff Report
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It’s down to the time of the football season where every next game is a big game. That rings true this week for the Del Oro High School varsity football squad as the Golden Eagles try to remain on track with a Sierra Foothill League championship in their sights. Thanks to a reverberating 28-24 win in their SFL titanic last Friday over Granite Bay, the Golden Eagles have put themselves in an envious position atop the SFL standings, but there’s still some work to do. Friday night when the Golden Eagles (7-1, 3-0) entertain Roseville (5-3, 2-1) in the school’s Homecoming Game, Del Oro will be trying to gain a key victory that would allow the Loomis charges a chance to cinch at least a share of the SFL flag and more importantly, the league’s No. 1 playoff berth. Roseville will come in reeling after a 54-30 loss at rejuvenated Nevada Union last Friday. The Tigers are a big, physical team that with a win over Del Oro, would launch themselves right back into the SFL title picture. “It’s going to be a tough game,” said Del Oro coach Casey Taylor. “Roseville is a very physical team that always plays us tough.” In last week’s win over Granite Bay, the Golden Eagles trailed at the start of the fourth quarter but then utilized a key Brandon Monroe punt return that totaled 85-yards for a score that turned the game around. Monroe finished with 25 carries for 153 yards, while running back sidekick Nick O’Sullivan closed the deal with a 5-yard touchdown. Granite Bay wasn’t able to break past Del Oro after that. O’Sullivan had 19 carries for 87 yards. Del Oro Senior quarterback Bobby Heatherington came through when the pressure was on, completing 8 of 14 passes, for 176 yards and three touchdowns. The Golden Eagles rallied to overcome some slip-ups in the first half. Granite Bay junior Beau Hershberger intercepted a pass from Heatherington in the second quarter and soared 95 yards to the game’s first touchdown. With the momentum in their favor, Grizzly senior tight end Spencer Briare grabbed a second touchdown pass from Keeney. Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said special teams were the decisive factor of the evening. “The difference came down to special teams,” Cooper said. “We’ll play 10 games. We are going to play our hearts out, win or lose.” Going forward, Cooper said he knows Granite Bay’s shot at a Sierra Foothill League title is in Del Oro’s hands the next two games. He said he hopes to rally his players to finish the season strong. “You got two really great teams — teams rated at the top of the section,” Cooper said. “They’ve got bragging rights right now. We will have to rally the kids. They will be down for a few days.” “I think we played with heart,” Del Oro’s Tanner Huber said. “I think we played in the last six minutes of the game and I don’t think we ever let up.” ~ Staff report