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JVs, frosh split with Clovis West

By: Staff Report
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After a long trip from the Fresno area last Friday afternoon, the Clovis West junior varsity football team got off the bus in Loomis and never knew what hit them. Thanks to a pulsating effort from its offense, defense and special teams, the host Del Oro Golden Eagles came out with a fast and furious start and never looked back in handing Clovis West a 34-12 drubbing. Now 3-0 on the season, the Golden Eagles scored on its first four possessions of the game and also returned a pass interception for another score to build a 34-0 halftime lead over the stunned visitors from the Central Section, who were 1-0 entering the game. Dylan Kainrath got the scoring going for the Golden Eagles when he capped a nice Del Oro drive with a one-yard scoring plunge. Mason Humes’ extra point made the score, 7-0, DO. Following a fumble recovery, Del Oro struck again with quarterback Michael Moore finding Johnathan Tuttle on a 24-yard scoring pass that made the score, 13-0. Big defensive plays from Kainrath and Brandon Johnson stymied Clovis West’ offense again and the game count grew to 20-0, with Kainrath doing the honors on a nine-yard scoring run. The big play in the scoring march was a 15-yard pass from Moore to Duncan Small for 21 yards and a 10-yard run by Tuttle. Del Oro stayed on the offensive in the second quarter as a one-yard run by Moore for another touchdown lifted the Golden Eagles’ lead to 27-0 after Humes’ extra point boot. With the final minutes of the first half ticking down, the Golden Eagles were able to get on the scoreboard again as Dan Becker picked off a Clovis West pass and returned it 53 yards for six points. Humes’ true extra point boot sent Del Oro into the locker room with a 34-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Van Lengen played the complete Del Oro roster liberally as hard running from Shane Peterson and Jeremy Pilcher sparked the offense. Tough defense from Jeff Setterlund, Jason Morgan (interception) and Blake Stahl led the way. Del Oro will host Oak Ridge in another expected tough game Friday in Loomis with kickoff starting at 5:30 p.m. Clovis West 23, Del Oro Frosh 14 Playing their best game of the season against a formidable opponent, the Del Oro freshman football team put forth a strong battle before falling to the visitors from the Central Section. Trailing 16-14 in the fourth quarter, Del Oro was stopped inside the Clovis West five-yard line. Following the change of downs, Clovis West scored on a long run for the final points of the game. Del Oro received touchdowns from Tanner Robison on a two-yard run and Bryce Beauchamp on a one-yard run. Dustin Edwards, Grant Meteer, Zack Ruybal and Brandon Jepson were standouts for Del Oro on defense in the game. Del Oro’s freshmen play Oak Ridge on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Loomis.