Throw out the records

By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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This Friday night is one of the area’s biggest football rivalries – The Quarry Bowl. In just its third year, the Quarry Bowl matching Whitney High School against Rocklin High School draws the largest crowd either school will perhaps see for the rest of the season. At Whitney High last year, there was spill over onto the track in a game that could one day be featured on ESPN. It’s old school (Rocklin) against new school (Whitney) between players who have been competing against each other since they were old enough to compete; whether Little League Baseball, youth soccer, recreation basketball or on the fields and courts of middle school. It’s for bragging rights. Friday night’s matchup is the rubber match of the young series and will be played at Rocklin High. Each team has laid a one-year claim to the granite trophy supplied by Ruhkala Monument Co. Whitney won it last year and will bring it to Thunder Stadium making it available to whichever team comes out on top in this contest. Ironically, the winning team scored 48 points in the first two meetings to earn the coveted community prize. And, it was won by the host team. The Wildcats come into the game with a 2-0 record with impressive victories over both opponents. They have won by a combined score of 99-18. In spite of the departure of some big name players, Whitney’s attack is balanced in passing and rushing, and on both sides of the ball. They’re four deep in quarterbacks and coming off a 10-3 season last year. They were Capital Football League champions and made it to the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. Rocklin, on the other hand, is 0-2 with a combined scoring record of 28-51. But they’ve played opponents ranked in or near the top 10 in the Sacramento Bee’s high school football poll. The Thunder isn’t deep in quarterbacks, but they have an excellent one in senior Daniel Kniffin. And, his two favorite targets are seniors Cory Burmester and Dominic Giampaoli. Both have tar-bucket hands. And, the Quarry Bowl should mark the return of senior running back Raymon Kendall. The X-factor here is an injury to the shoulder of Kniffin’s throwing arm last week during the Oak Ridge game. The extent of the injury was unknown as of this writing. Should Kniffin be unable to play, the QB duties would fall on the capable shoulders of junior quarterback Logan Webb. Webb has limited varsity experience but he led the Rocklin JV to an 8-2 record in 2011 throwing for nearly 120 yards a game. Whitney’s starting quarterback Drew Romo is a junior, as well, and didn’t begin playing for the ‘Cats until this year. One of the intrigues of this game is the fact it comes in only the third week of the season. It’s a little early to say just how good, or not so good, these two teams are. However, with a rivalry like this it’s a good bet they will both be at their best Friday night. I say, throw out the records – it’s Quarry Bowl time.