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Granite Bay overpowers Golden Eagles

By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Putting it mildly, last Friday night’s Sierra Foothill League football opener between Del Oro and Granite Bay will be one game that the Golden Eagles probably won’t be using for their highlight DVD at the end of the season. In a night when what could go wrong — did — and then some, Granite Bay’s power-laden Grizzlies flexed their Sacramento-area top-ranked muscles into a lopsided 50-8 rout of the Black and Gold. For Del Oro, after some early magic that had the Golden Eagles right in the ball game, the Grizzlies took advantage of three costly DO turnovers to build a commanding 36-8 lead by halftime and then cruised home to the victory with a dominating second half. Granite Bay’s effort impressed nearly everyone that packed the Grizzlies Stadium including Golden Eagles coach Casey Taylor. “They really took it to us tonight,” said Taylor. “They completely dominated in every department.” The loss left Del Oro with an 0-1 mark in SFL and sitting at 2-4 overall. However, with four key league games ahead of them and the SFL earning three playoff berths this season, all is not lost for the Golden Eagles. “We still have a lot to play for so we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves,” said Taylor. “We need to regroup this week and come out ready to play Friday at Roseville.” Taylor was referring to Friday’s game that sends the Golden Eagles on the road to Roseville for a 7:30 p.m. encounter with the Tigers who are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in league after romping past Oakmont, 42-6. “We have another tough opponent Friday,” said Taylor. Del Oro did have a few highlights in last week’s game. In the opening quarter, the Golden Eagles recovered a punt that had deflected off of a Grizzlies’ player and the Loomis gridders capitalized by scoring first on a one-yard scoring plunge by Bryce Pratt. Pratt, who led Del Oro in rushing with 47 yards on 11 carries, had an 18-yard run to help set up the score along with a 10-yard pass from Mason Magleby to Fred Cargile. Del Oro then got fancy on the conversion try when Magleby, lined-up as the kicker, took in an option pitch from the holder for two points and an early 8-0 margin. Granite Bay, however, was ready for Del Oro’s next razzle-dazzle play when the Golden Eagles botched a hook and ladder lateral attempt and the Grizzlies’ took the fumble back 13 yards for a score and a touchdown that snapped an 8-8 tie. Granite Bay had two big rushers in the game as Clark Partridge gained 96 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns and Brad Cristany added 90 more with a 50-yard scoring tally.