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PREP FOOTBALL

Floyd, Rocklin offense rolls over Nevada Union 44-21

Thunder holds on in SFL standings
By: Jeremy McDonald for The Placer Herald
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GRASS VALLEY – Rocklin had struggled in the Sierra Foothill League the past two weeks with injuries and it showed, as they dropped two rough games to Folsom and Granite Bay, in which they were outscored 84-42.

But the Thunder pieced together the right formula heading into the playoffs. Behind a 306-yard, five touchdown performance by William Floyd, Rocklin rolled to a 44-21 victory Friday night against Nevada Union.

“We want the best opportunity to get home-field advantage. That’s first one,” said Thunder head coach Greg Benzel. “Second thing, we have so many guys injured and we had guys take on different roles tonight.

“So it was really good to see our guys come together and make up for those injuries.”

Rocklin jumped out to a 16-0 lead with 2:41 left in the first quarter, featuring two Floyd touchdowns and a safety against the Miners. But Nevada Union capitalized on a Devin DaCosta fumble in the second quarter to cut the Thunder lead to 23-13 before halftime.

Behind Floyd, the Thunder scored three straight touchdowns to put the game on ice for Rocklin.

ROCKLIN 44, NEVADA UNION 21

Thunder          16        7          14        7 – 44

Miners            0          13        0          8 – 21 

First Quarter

R – Sorensen 69 pass from Floyd (kick failed), 8:19.

R – Nevada Union safety, 6:38.

R – Mays 14 pass from Floyd (2-point failed), 2:41.

Second Quarter

N – Owens 35 run (2-point failed), 6:58.

R – Laurin 2 pass from Floyd (Kick), 3:44

N – Owens 3 run (kick), 0:24

Third Quarter

R – Mays 11 pass from Floyd (Kick), 5:49.

R – Preece 37 pass from Floyd (Kick), 3:28.

Fourth Quarter

R – Gruber 28 run (Kick).

N – Owens 3 run (2-point).