Rocklin leaves no doubt in rout of Whitney

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Jimmy Laughrea’s headache is gone. Now Whitney High School’s football team has one, and Rocklin running back Brian Macdonald is responsible for inflicting it in the inaugural Quarry Bowl. Macdonald ran for 282 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lift the Thunder to a 49-18 rout of the Wildcats. In Round 1 of the crosstown rivalry, Rocklin scored a technical knockout. Whitney was never floored, but the Wildcats (1-1) were reeling against the ropes for the most of the night. Macdonald belted the visitors time and again to give the Thunder (2-1) the upper hand. “He was a warrior,” Rocklin head coach Greg Benzel said of Macdonald. “It wasn’t just that he was running hard. He’d make a guy miss or make a guy pay.” Mike Gimenez never thought his Wildcats would have to pick their poison. He expected his defense would have its hands full with Laughrea. Macdonald was too much for Whitney to handle. “Our mentality the entire game was to run downhill,” said Macdonald, who had only 59 carries as a junior in 2009. MacDonald tipped his helmet to Rocklin’s offensive line with a one-word compliment – “awesome.” The line also provided plenty of protection for Laughrea, who sustained a concussion in last week’s 29-22 loss to Oak Ridge. The senior quarterback shook the cobwebs in time to play Friday. Laughrea threw two touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to his brother Matt, and ran for a score. Macdonald and Laughrea did not play in the fourth quarter with Rocklin leading 48-12 at the end of the third. Macdonald scored his fourth touchdown on a 13-yard run with 1:08 left in the third. Whitney quarterback Jake Rodrigues threw two touchdown passes to Corey Palin, who had seven receptions for 179 yards. “We’re going to be a better team in the second half of the season if we can survive the first four or five weeks,” said Gimenez, whose team has allowed 88 points in splitting its first two games. Macdonald and Whitney running back Shawn Azam were presented with sportsmanship awards by Rocklin Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Brown after the game. Brown also presented Benzel with a granite slab, which will be the perpetual trophy in the rivalry. Whitney won 19-0 in the junior varsity version of the Quarry Bowl. Sutter Choisser had two touchdown runs, and Alex Yount tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Cody Moffitt.