Roseville slips past Del Oro

By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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ROSEVILLE — Mason Magleby walked off the turf as the Roseville Tigers huddled at midfield chanting, “Our house! Our house!” The Del Oro quarterback and his Golden Eagles would have turned it into their house Friday night if not for Roseville quarterback Mike Moreno and Zack Davis. Davis caught a 39-yard go-ahead touchdown pass from Moreno late in the third quarter and the Tigers survived two gutsy onside kicks during a late Del Oro surge to outlast the Eagles 38-36, delivering a blow to the visitors’ fading playoff hopes. “It came down to us battling and being a little tougher when it counted,” said Roseville head coach Larry Cunha, whose Tigers improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Sierra Foothill League. The Eagles fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the SFL. Davis had 12 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 89 yards and two more touchdowns. “We couldn’t tackle,” Del Oro head coach Casey Taylor said. “(Davis) killed us. He had some big plays and we couldn’t get stops when we needed them.” Magleby scored on a 1-yard scamper late in the second quarter to send the game into halftime tied at 14. The quarterback then connected with Barry Nobles for a 35-yard catch-and-run midway through the third quarter to give the Eagles their first lead at 21-20. Roseville scored two unanswered touchdowns to lead 31-21 with 7:45 left in the game before Del Oro drove 75 yards on 11 plays, capped by running back Bryce Pratt’s 1-yard scoring dive. Magleby found Joe Brunet for the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 32-29 with 4:11 remaining. Magleby’s onside kick was touched by a teammate before bouncing the required 10 yards, giving the Tigers prime field position for another score. The Eagles cut the Roseville lead to 38-36 on a 61-yard pass play from Magleby to Nobles with 1:35 remaining, but another onside kick failed to travel 10 yards and the Tigers muscled their way to a final first down in running out the clock. The game featured 17 penalties, 14 of which came in the first half. Roseville had seven for 37 yards while the Eagles finished with 10 for 82. “We couldn’t execute,” Magleby said. “We backed ourselves up with four straight penalties inside our own 20. Then I had a few long passes that went for 30 or 40 yards that came back because of stupid mistakes like blocking in the back not even close to the play.” “They hurt,” Taylor said. “We had some issues with not hearing the cadence, we got those adjusted at halftime but penalties are going to kill you. We had too many of them tonight.” Moreno completed 12-of-22 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 18 carries for 145 yards and a rushing touchdown, eluding the Del Oro defense all night. “To get momentum, you can’t let a team like that convert on third and fourth downs,” said Magleby, who was 8-for-20 for 180 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown. Pratt had 23 carries for 129 yards and Nobles caught five passes for 155 yards. Junior varsity Del Oro 35, Roseville 24 — Cody O’Sullivan ran for three touchdowns for the Eagles, who handed the Tigers their first loss of the season. Shoey Martinson caught a touchdown pass from Max Magleby and Ken Andri added an 85-yard kickoff return for Del Oro (5-2). Beau Smith caught two scoring strikes from Nick Blaser for Roseville (6-1), while Foster Tracey and Terril Braxton added rushing touchdowns in the loss.