Saturday Sep 19 2009
Pratt, Eagles crush Cardinal Newman
By: Eric Gourley Journal Sports Writer
Senior rushes for 260 yards, five TDS as Del Oro erases memories of last year's defeat
SANTA ROSA — Bryce Pratt remembers the disrespect like it was yesterday. The Del Oro running back felt helpless on the sideline as Cardinal Newman quarterback Randy Wright took knee after knee, burning clock on the Golden Eagles’ turf — during the third quarter. Pratt sure avenged last year’s rout Saturday night. The senior scored five first-half touchdowns and added a sixth early in the third quarter before sitting the remainder of Del Oro’s 49-14 dismantling of the host Cardinals (0-2). “We’ve been talking about all that disrespect all week,” said Pratt, who carried 18 times for a career-high 260 yards. “It’s not the type of thing we forget.” Pratt scored his first touchdown on a 72-yard breakaway up the middle on the second play from scrimmage. He added touchdowns of 12, 41 and 5 yards over the next 10 minutes and Del Oro took a 28-7 lead into the second quarter in front of a rowdy rooting section of band members, cheerleaders and several dozen students. So much for the bum ankle that bothered Pratt in the Eagles’ season opener. Del Oro (2-0) led 42-14 at halftime after Pratt scored on another 5-yard run and Max Magleby hooked up with Freddie Cargile for a 10-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left in the half. Pratt’s 17-yard touchdown run with 9:33 left in the third capped the scoring. “We just knew we had to come out and make a statement,” said senior linebacker Blake Landry. “We knew we were good last year. We had a good team, we just weren’t together. This year we have a great team, and we knew we had to come out here and prove it to them after that disrespect last year. We had to come out here and show them what’s up.” Head coach Casey Taylor substituted liberally in the second half, but the Eagles’ second string played with class. Backups Ibrahim Abukhdair and Cody O’Sullivan combined for 58 yards on 15 carries late in the game. Del Oro’s defense was impressive even after the starters became spectators. “I didn’t think we’d come and do this,” Taylor said of the rout. “I mean, obviously we were hoping to. We really felt they gave it to us pretty good last year. They’re a great program. We have a lot of respect for Cardinal Newman. I mean, they’ve gone to the state finals two out of the last three years. We felt we got embarrassed last year and wanted to have our best performance of the year tonight.” The two teams have split the series over the last four years, with all wins by the visiting team. Junior Varsity The Golden Eagles beat Cardinal Newman 15-6 as Scott Westlake put the game away with a 9-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Bobby Heatherington in the final two mintues. Del Oro (2-0) lead 7-6 at the half after Russell Smith scored on a 40-yard run. The Eagles overcame the loss of standout Tanner Huber, who left the game with a knee injury in the first quarter.