Roseville recovers to beat Rocklin

By: Justin Lawson/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Grant Jansen didn’t have much time to dwell on his goal-line fumble or how his Roseville High School Tigers had just lost an opportunity to put away the game and send Rocklin home with its second Sierra Foothill League loss.

Jansen took his place on the defensive line on the ensuing snap, still stewing from the mishap. Seconds later, the junior celebrated as McCory LeDesky made a fumble recovery in the end zone to give Roseville a 26-14 home win over Rocklin on Friday night.

“He saved us,” said Jansen, who scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter. “It comes down to two or three little plays, and that was one of them that made a difference in the game. (It was) hard to forget, but that made me feel better.”

Jansen wanted a chance to redeem himself on defense, but it wasn’t needed. Rocklin quarterback Austin Tautu fumbled a shotgun snap in the end zone, and the Tigers found another way to redeem themselves on a night filled with ups and downs.

Roseville receiver Trevor Meyling found himself in a similar position. The senior was visibly upset in the second quarter after he missed a block on a run play in the red zone but came back to snag a touchdown pass one play later to put the Tigers within 14-13.

Rocklin took a 14-7 lead on two touchdown passes by Daniel Kniffin — four yards to Cory Burmester and 78 yards to Matt Laughrea.

With less than a minute remaining in the first half, senior receiver Cody Lindner saw a ball go through his hands in the red zone but three plays later Zac Cunha found Lindner in the back of the end zone. Lindner caught the ball falling away and gave his team a 19-14 lead with 16.2 seconds left.

The Tigers’ defense bent plenty in the third and fourth quarters, giving up 117 yards rushing, but never broke as Rocklin struggled to find a passing game.
Rocklin (3-4, 0-2) was limited after Kniffin left the game because of a separated shoulder. He started the game with the shoulder partially separated.

Roseville (5-2, 2-0) was minutes away from icing the game after Casey Lambert broke for a 34-yard run to put the Tigers in Thunder territory. Three plays later, the Tigers were in the red zone but Jansen knocked a fake handoff loose and Rocklin recovered at its 4-yard line. But it was just another chance for the Tigers to redeem themselves.

“Our guys found ways to make plays there in the second quarter where we made some completions for touchdowns,” Roseville coach Larry Cunha said. “That gave us some momentum going into halftime and put us back on top. … Defensively, obviously coming up with that fumble in the end zone was big.”

Lambert rushed for 102 yards in 18 carries.

Roseville 26, Rocklin 14

Rocklin     7     7   0   0 — 14
Roseville   0   19   0   7 — 26

Rock — Burmester 4 pass from Kniffin (Laughrea kick)
Rose — Jansen 14 run (Torres kick)
Rock — Laughrea 78 pass from Kniffin (Laughrea kick)
Rose — Meyling 11 pass from Cunha (conversion failed)
Rose — Lindner 10 pass from Cunha (pass failed)
Rose — LeDesky recovered fumble in end zone (Torres kick)


RUSHING — Rocklin, Crotts 20-127, Kendall 8-32, Giampaoli 2-4, Tautu 4-minus 13. Roseville, Lambert 18-102, Cunha 6-37, Jansen 2-16, Allin 2-8, LeDesky 1-1.
PASSING — Rocklin, Kniffin 8-13-0, 162; Tautu 2-8-1, 11. Roseville, Cunha 7-17-0, 92.
RECEIVING — Rocklin, Laughrea 3-118, Giampaoli 3-27, Crotts 1-20, Burmester 3-8. Roseville, Lindner 2-24, Meyling 2-22, Butler 1-9, Allin 1-4.