PLEASANTON – The lights at Amador Valley High’s football stadium went out a couple of times Friday night, forcing delays to the Del Oro-Amador Valley season-opening football game.
Fortunately for Del Oro, the switch the Golden Eagles turned on in the team’s new spread offensive look never flickered as the Black and Gold started its 2018 campaign with an impressive 49-27 win over the host Dons.
Riding the arm of senior quarterback Carson Jarratt, who threw five first-half touchdown passes, the new-look Golden Eagles pulled away from a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter to go into halftime with a 35-13 advantage.
“We’re pretty proud of the effort we got tonight from the players and the coaches,” said Del Oro coach Jeff Walters. “It was a great way to start the season.”
The Golden Eagles spotted Amador Valley an early 6-0 lead, but Del Oro responded by scoring the next three touchdowns.
Jarratt helped get the scoring going when he connected with Dawson Hurst on a 64-yard screen pass that went the distance to give the Golden Eagles a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Jarratt then found Hurst again on an 18-yard scoring strike, and then after fielding a bad shotgun snap, eluded Amador Valley’s defense to connect with Josh Moore on an electrifying 52-yard scoring aerial.
Amador Valley answered with a touchdown to cut the margin to 21-13, but Del Oro responded with two more Jarratt-to-Hurst touchdown passes, the first from 42 yards away and the second, a 19-yarder, that came with less than a minute left in the half that made the count 35-13.
After Amador Valley closed the gap to 35-27 at the end of three quarters, the Golden Eagles put the game away with their running game as Sheldon Conde broke off fourth-quarter scoring runs of 28 and 27 yards.
The Eagles also had their standouts on defense as Kai Lunders checked in with a partially blocked punt, and Blake DeMar added a sack. Del Oro’s Johnny Guzman also had a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown called back because of penalty.
Del Oro will play the Honor Bowl opening game this Friday at 4 p.m. against Oak Grove of San Jose. The game will be played at St. Francis High in Mountain View.
Del Oro JVs 35, Amador Valley 7 – Logan Stough ran for two touchdowns and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Maclain Stoneking to help push the Golden Eagles past the Dons. Stoneking also added a 26-yard scoring run while Hunter Lee added another touchdown reception.