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River City no match for Whitney’s Wildcats

Rodrigues passes, rushes past defense
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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The start of the 2011 season could not have started any better for the Whitney High School varsity football team. Head coach Mike Gimenez’s squad easily defeated River City High School, at home, 39-0. Quarterback Jake Rodrigues started his senior season campaign with a bang. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 261 yards and threw four touchdowns. With 45 yards on eight carries, he was also the Wildcats’ leading rusher. Rodrigues also did a great job spreading the ball around. He threw the ball to seven different receivers. Senior tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was Whitney’s leading receiver. He caught four passes for 111 yards. Senior running back Isaiah Moore only caught one pass but he made it count. It was a 30-yard touchdown grab. He only ran the ball once for four yards. Christian Daniels (two catches for 84 yards), Connor Graves (one catch for 19 yards) and Tyler Torres (two catches for 84 yards) all caught touchdown passes, also. Graves also had three rushes for 40 yards and Daniels ran the ball five times for 33 yards. The offensive line played well anchored by senior guard Thaddeus Cox. The defensive also played great by recording the shutout and a safety. The Wildcats had such a big lead that they were able to put some backups in at the end of the game. Senior Amit Sekhon went 2-of-3 for 59 yards in relief for Rodrigues. Whitney will hope to be on its game again on Friday as the Wildcats host rival Rocklin High School at 7:30 p.m., in the Quarry Bowl. Whitney High 39, River City 0 PASSING – River City: J Beall, 3-11, 24. Whitney: J Rodrigues, 11-17, 261, A Sekhon, 2-3, 59. RUSHING – River City: J Beall, 5-2, S Ojo, 1-(-3), A Jackson, 1-8, T McAmoil, 3-10, 5, Juan Lazcano, 7-32, V. Talabi, 1-2, E Cunningham, 1-0, A Tyson, 6-67, U Clark 15-43, J Martinez 1 (-3), V Chelini, 1-(-5). Whitney: J Rodrigues, 8-45, I Moore, 1-4, A Sekhon, 1 (-22), S Choisser, 7-23, J Powell, 1-8, C Graves 3-40, L Doyle, 9-20, C Daniels, 5-33. RECEIVING – River City: M Dumentz, 1-20, U Clark, 1-12, V Chelini 1-(-8). Whitney: I Moore, 1-30, J Cope-Fitzpatrick 4-111, T Torres, 2-48, S Choisser, 1-9, C Graves, 1-19, C Palin, 2-19, C Daniels, 2-84.