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Rocklin teams suffer setbacks last week

This week won’t be easier
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN – It was not a good week for Rocklin football, with the Thunder, Whitney and Western Sierra all losing on the gridiron.

Whitney took on Fresno’s Central High school and got a first-hand lesson in speed (see Sports Page 10).

The Wildcats play at Lincoln Friday.

ROCKLIN

Perhaps the most disappointing was the Thunder’s 42-35 loss to visiting Damonte Ranch, one of Nevada’s top teams. Rocklin led going into the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs rallied

The Thunder led 35-28 in the final frame, but Damonte Ranch scored in the first minute of the period to tie the game.

After an exchange of possessions, the Mustangs converted a fourth-and-one and went on to score the winning touchdown.

The Thunder threatened late in the game, but could not push it in.

Rocklin will travel to Brentwood to play Liberty High. The Bay Area club is 3-0 and will be another solid test for the Thunder.

WESTERN SIERRA

The Wolves suffered their first shutout of the season, 44-0, playing at Maxwell last week.

Western Sierra Collegiate Academy is sorely in need of a ground game. The Wolves have gained just 190 rushing yards in three games.

In contrast, they have passed for 827 yards and have seven touchdowns. However, the club also has seven interceptions; it is not easy being one dimensional.

The academy’s defense does well against the pass, but they are young and have difficulty stopping the run.

Their fortunes could take an uptick this week playing host to Esparto. The Spartans come in 1-1, having beaten Foresthill and losing to Woodcreek Christian; like Western Sierra, both teams are members of the Sacramento Metro Athletic League.