Rocklin junior varsity rolls in JV Quarry Bowl

Sorenson four TDs first half
By: Joshua Gutierrez Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Rocklin junior varsity showed up in a big way Friday night defeating the Whitney Wildcats 50-6. Gage Sorenson accrued 200 total yards and scored four of the team’s seven touchdowns, all in the first half. The running back had high praise for his offensive line. “They were incredible,” said Sorenson. “They blocked out very well.” Rocklin controlled the game from opening kickoff. The Wildcats ran a total of 15 plays in the first quarter. The Thunder ran just five, but scored on three of them. In the first quarter, Rocklin had 92 yards of total rushing offense, Whitney 16. The Thunder defense was as solid as the offense forcing two turnovers in the opening quarter. Garrett Kauppilla intercepted Whitney’s first pass attempt, and Chase Hatada recovered an errant Wildcats’ snap that set up the Thunder at the ‘Cats 2-yard line. The second quarter proved to be more of the same with Rocklin adding 22 more points. The Thunder led 43-0 at halftime. The last score before the half was a 65-yard punt return by Sorenson. Rocklin’s dominance was evidenced by only one play being run on the Thunders’ side of the field. In the third quarter, Whitney put together a drive that showcased creativity and potential. After a Thunder turnover, the Wildcats Joe Roberts rushed three-consecutive times to put the ball on Rocklin’s 1-yard line. The Thunder then packed the box awaiting Roberts’ next run but it never came. Wildcats’ quarterback Austin Allen faked the handoff and hit tight-end Jory Weber in the end zone for the score. Unfortunately for Whitney, it was too little, too late. Rocklin JV head coach Sam Pulino praised his team’s consistency and work ethic. “They did a great job,” Pulino said. “They prepared as they have all year … they did an excellent job.” Rocklin’s next test will be Sept. 14 at Del Campo. The Cougars are 0-2 and have been outscored 38-6. In their last game, they lost to Elk Grove 26-0. Whitney has a bye week. On Sept. 21, the 0-3 Wildcats will host Christian Brothers at Wildcats Stadium. Rocklin 50, Whitney 6 Wildcats 0 0 6 0 – 6 Thunder 21 22 0 7 – 50 1st Qtr R – Smethurst 29 run (Petersen kick) R – Sorenson 48 run (Petersen kick) R – Sorenson 2 run (Shoenberger kick) 2nd Qtr R – Laurin 20 pass from Smethurst (Shoenberger kick) R – Sorenson 45 run (Howenstine pass from Smethurst) R – Sorenson 65 punt return (Petersen kick) 3rd Qtr W – Weber 1 pass from Allen (kick failed) 4th Qtr R – Shoenberger 31 pass from Cole Doty (Shoenberger kick)