No. 15 Del Oro bullies its way past No. 2 Yuba City
YUBA CITY — Emilio Campos and his mates on the Del Oro High offensive line quickly rendered the seeds for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs irrelevant Friday night.
The No. 15 seed bullied No. 2 Yuba City throughout a 45-21 victory. The Golden Eagles looked like they could make a strong run at a third straight section title after winning the last two in Division III.
“We know we’re a good team,” said Campos, who helped pave the way for Brandon Monroe’s 230 yards and four first-half touchdowns. “We’ve played a tough schedule and we’re battle-tested so we don’t look at ourselves as underdogs.”
Del Oro (6-5) led 21-0 on Monroe’s third TD of the first quarter and many of the visiting fans were still finding their seats.
The Honkers (9-2), who won their first league title in 25 years, showed some fight. Nate Van Dusen took a short pass and motored 68 yards for a TD late in the first quarter and added a 51-yard burst up the middle in the second quarter to slice the Eagles’ lead to 24-14.
Del Oro struck a big blow just before halftime when Monroe dove across the goal line from a yard out on third down. The Honkers’ hopes faded early in the fourth quarter as they failed to score after setting up first and goal at the 2-yard line.
“They were just more physical up front,” Yuba City coach John Ithuburn said. “We talked about it all week but it’s not something you can simulate in practice.”
Del Oro’s defense did not allow the Honkers to find any consistency. Tanner Woods was tremendous on the defensive line, coming up with two sacks and another tackle-for-loss. Therin Heryford and Cody Otten had interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Monroe was a workhorse, rushing 33 times and breaking off big chunks of yardage early on. He often had plenty of room as Brandon Johnson, Woods and Campos led the way up front.
“We know we have something special in the backfield,” Campos said. “We do our jobs and he does his job and we win as a team.”
Mark Leveron and TeVon Rhyne ran for TDs in the fourth quarter as the Eagles set up a showdown with Stockton power St. Mary’s next Friday. The Rams beat Tracy 34-6 Friday night.