Rocklin tops Oakmont 29-14, earns first league win

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s varsity football team took care of business at Oakmont Friday night, claiming its first Sierra Foothill League victory of the season 29-14. The Thunder (3-5 overall, 1-2 in the SFL) jumped ahead 22-0 at half and led 29-0 early in the third quarter. It rained throughout the game and the referees kept a running clock throughout the second half. Oakmont is now 2-6 overall and 0-3 in league play. “We feel very good when our kids come out and are very physical like that . . . and everybody got to play,” Rocklin coach Greg Benzel said. “I’m just proud of our guys and it was a complete win.” Rocklin junior Daniel Lessard got to play the role of primary running back as junior running back Jackson Cummings (groin) didn’t suit up. Lessard rushed 18 times for 79 yards and he scored on one-yard touchdown runs in the first and third quarters. “It was definitely fun (getting to play such a big role) and most importantly it was our first league win,” Lessard said. “And it was a long time coming.” Benzel liked what he saw out of Lessard. “He is developing well in terms of being a running back,” Benzel said. “He can pound it and he’s learning to cut and learning to use his vision.” Sophomore quarterback Jimmy Laughrea was 8-of-14 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns on the night, each attempt coming in the first half. He threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to 5-foot-5 junior Chris Clowdus in the second quarter and found Holden Huff for a 50-yard touchdown later in the quarter. Thunder junior quarterback Tiger Sorenson played in the second half for Rocklin and he completed 3-of-4 passes for 29 yards. Huff was Rocklin’s top receiver as he caught four balls for 111 yards. Rocklin’s Andrew McEwan and Ben Holland combined to sack Oakmont for a safety on a punt attempt in the first quarter. Oakmont scored both of its touchdowns on four-yard runs in the closing minutes of the game, one by Tyree Camp and the other by quarterback Matt Ewing. Ewing, whose touchdown came with just 12 seconds left in the game, ran 18 times for 119 yards on the night and he was 4-of-9 passes for 46 yards. Junior Varsity Rocklin 14, Oakmont 13 The Thunder improved to 1-2 in the SFL as BJ Roberts and Brian MacDonald had rushing touchdowns. Rocklin (3-5 overall) forced the Vikings to turn the ball over on downs with 41 seconds remaining in the game and the ball at Rocklin’s 28-yard-line.