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Golden Eagles top Thunder 31-14

Del Oro rushes for 263 yards, four touchdowns
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Del Oro High outscored visiting Rocklin 21-7 in the second half to win 31-14 Friday night in the annual rivalry game. The Golden Eagles and Thunder are now both 3-6 overall and 1-3 in Sierra Foothill League play. Both teams were much better last year, Del Oro losing in the Division II section finals and Rocklin going 8-2. “Both teams have been close (all year) and dealt with adversity with injuries,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. “We haven’t been able to finish a game like this all year. And our defense showed up and made some plays. I’m just proud of these kids.” Del Oro was already eliminated from playoff contention before the game began but Rocklin was still alive. As it turned out Roseville’s 14-6 victory over Woodcreek would have eliminated the Thunder even if Rocklin had beat Del Oro. But the Roseville result was not known until after the Rocklin-Del Oro game had been completed. “We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on offense,” Rocklin coach Greg Benzel said. “Our defense played hard tonight and everyone knew it was a playoff game or had playoff implications. But we didn’t do what we needed to do offensively . . . and we didn’t take care of the ball.” Del Oro intercepted Rocklin’s Jimmy Laughrea twice in the second half, scoring touchdowns after both turnovers. Laughrea finished the night 13-of-27 passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Holden Huff on the final play of the first quarter to put his team up 7-3. His other touchdown was for 66 yards to Steven Hurley and that made the score 24-14 Del Oro with 1:35 left in the third quarter. Hurley (91 yards), Scott Polaske (17 yards) and Ben Holland (38 yards) each had three receptions on the night. “(Senior) Ben Holland played his heart out and (Senior) Steven Hurley played his heart out and a lot of the seniors played hard,” Benzel said. “It’s been an unfortunate year and I feel like the seniors didn’t quite deserve the year we’ve had.” Del Oro senior quarterback Mason Magleby had himself a strong night. He ran 18 times 119 yards and two touchdowns and passed 9-of-20 for 145 yards and one interception. Spencer Butterfield was Magleby’s favorite receiver Friday night, as the junior caught four balls for 78 yards. Magleby also converted a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter and was perfect on extra points. Del Oro junior running back Bryce Pratt rushed 21 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Pratt’s first touchdown, for two yards, put the Golden Eagles up 10-7 just before halftime. In all, the Golden Eagles ran 42 times for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Del Oro’s Freddie Cargile intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the third quarter as Rocklin was in the red-zone and looking to narrow the gap. Del Oro led 17-7 at the time and three plays and 80 yards later it was 24-7. Butterfield caught a 22-yard pass, Magleby ran for 49 yards and Pratt ran in from nine yards out to finish off the drive. Hurley’s 66-yard touchdown reception came on Rocklin’s first play of the ensuing drive to make it 24-14. However another interception, this one by Butterfield on the first play of the fourth quarter, set-up Del Oro’s final touchdown (eight-yard run by Magleby). Rocklin was without junior running Jackson Cummings (groin) and junior running back Daniel Lessard didn’t carry the ball in the second half (sick). That left the running duties up to Thunder senior Eric D’amico in the second half and he had some success (six carries, 28 yards; one reception, 32 yards). “I can’t describe it,” D’amico said about playing in this game. “It’s a really big rivalry and there is all this history . . . and we just didn’t execute.” Lessard rushed six times for 20 yards in the first half and Benzel said Cummings “may be able to play” in next week’s season finale against Roseville. Cummings was in for one play against Del Oro – he was the holder on Rocklin’s second extra-point attempt. Junior Varsity Del Oro 30, Rocklin 19 The Thunder led 19-7 but the Golden Eagles battled all the way back to earn the victory. Rocklin’s Charles Torretta threw two touchdown passes to Cody Elder while Brian Macdonald scored on a run for the Thunder before leaving the game with a separated elbow.