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Tough Loss For Eagle JVs; Frosh Still Undefeated

Fumbles Costly In 14-7 Setback
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service Gold Country News Services
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Two costly fumbles — both inside Granite Bay’s five yard line — doomed the Del Oro JV football team last Friday night as the Golden Eagles dropped a 14-7 Sierra Foothill League opening night contest to the host Grizzlies. On a night when ball security was a premium, the Grizzlies scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play to break a 7-7 tie and take the SFL win. Following Granite Bay’s go-ahead score, the Golden Eagles showed plenty of fight as Kenny Andri took a screen pass from Max Magleby and rolled 50 yards to the Granite Bay 10-yard line with just over a minute to play. However, two plays later the referees ruled that a loose ball at the goal line wasn’t caused by the ground and the resulting fumble recovery sealed Granite Bay’s win. Del Oro had taken a 7-0 advantage in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Magleby to Cameron Saldano. The big plays in the scoring march were a Magleby-to-Saldano pass for key yardage and a 20-yard scamper by Cody O’Sullivan. However, after another deep drive into Granite Bay territory resulted in a loss fumble for the Golden Eagles, the Grizzlies rebounded by using a long screen pass to score a touchdown just before halftime to tie the count at 7-7. In the second half, Del Oro was hurt by some untimely penalties. Despite strong defensive work from Kenny Andri and Rock Slatter and nice pass receptions from Brandon Acuna and Mitch Krieger, the Golden Eagles couldn’t overcome the turnovers. Now 4-2 on the season, Del Oro will play at Roseville on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. Del Oro Frosh 22, Granite Bay 7 — The Golden Eagles captured their sixth straight win with the hard-earned 22-7 win over a previously undefeated Granite squad. Nick O’Sullivan returned a punt 90 yards for one touchdown and added another score on an 8-yard run to help spark the win for Del Oro which is now 6-0 on the season. The Golden Eagles and Grizzlies both entered the game with spotless 5-0 records but Del Oro proved to be too much for the hosts to handle thanks to strong defensive efforts from Kyle Anderson, Tanner Huber and Jake Jackson. Del Oro (6-0, 1-0) also received a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bobby Heatherington to Daniel Thomas and also recorded a safety when the defense swarmed a Grizzlies ball carried in the end zone. The Del Oro frosh play at Roseville Thursday at 5:30 p.m.