League season opener honors fallen officer

Del Oro, Rocklin Battle for the Shield
By: Staff Report
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In what has become a traditional rivalry game, Del Oro High will visit Thunder Stadium to take on Rocklin in the Battle for the Shield football game. The game honors the memory of Rocklin Police Officer Matt Redding. In last year’s inaugural game, the Thunder struck early to defeat the Golden Eagles, 27-18, to take possession of the perpetual trophy given in honor of officer Redding. The “Shield” will again be awarded to the winner depending on the outcome of Friday’s game. Rocklin’s Jimmy Laughrea threw for 237 yards and one touchdown, while running back Brian MacDonald added another 223 yards rushing and two touchdowns to help give the edge to the silver-and-blue. This year the Eagles come in with a 4-1 preseason record, having only lost to Westlake, 30-27. The Thunder is 3-2, with wins over Los Banos, Del Campo, and Ponderosa. This is the Sierra Foothill League opener for both clubs, and both are coming in off a bye week. Redding was a 1994 graduate of Del Oro, and a decorated Rocklin Police Officer. He was killed by a drunk driver in 2005, while on duty. The game will be football, but the message will be to act responsibly and never drive when drinking alcohol. The Battle for the Shield will be an annual reminder of the consequences of such behavior, and the price too often paid because of it.