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Whitney continues its dominating play at Rio Americano

Wildcats win 36-6
By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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SACRAMENTO _ Playing in the afternoon on natural turf did nothing to slow down Whitney High’s march through the Capital Football League with a convincing 36-6 win over Rio Americano Saturday. The Wildcats struck just two and half minutes into the game. Sutter Choisser put up the first points on a 6-yard sprint around right end. The point-after failed when a bobbled snap led to a failed attempt to run the ball in. Choisser had three rushing TDs on the day. Whitney’s defense stuffed Rio Americano rushing and passing. In the first half, Rio managed 29 yards rushing and just 10 passing. Raiders’ quarterback Mark Lyon was sacked eight times earning linebacker Jordan Traynor the lunch pail award for his efforts on defense. Traynor had a sack in the third period throwing Lyon for a loss of 10 yards. ‘Cats quarterback Drew Romo and had two passes for touchdowns to close out the first and second quarters. He threw TD scores to Kris Corpus and Tyler Torres. If playing on natural turf in the middle of the afternoon would favor Rio Americano, it didn’t show. “We’ve got to come out and play,” said senior defensive back/wide receiver Torres. “We could play on pavement; we’ve got to come out and play. We want to make it deep into the playoffs so we can’t let the little things affect us. If it’s 150 degrees outside we’ve got to play.” And play they did. After Whitney went up 36-0 at the end of three quarters, the Wildcats went to their reserves. That gave Rio Americano an opportunity to go on a sustained drive for their only score. With a running clock, the Raiders drove 56 yards in 10 plays and scored with 5:05 left in the game. Whitney took the ensuing kick and ran out the clock from there. “Good clean game,” said Whitney head coach Mike Gimenez, who suggested his team might not have been as focused playing in the afternoon, but obviously it wasn’t a factor. “(Players are) normally in school at 1 o’clock and you’re sitting in the classroom and you’re not out here playing football.” “Our kids played great,” he added. Whitney, 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league will host El Camino next week. After suffering a league-opening loss to Antelope, the Eagles bounced back to bury Cordova 63-0 Friday. Perhaps the only benefit the Wildcats aren’t getting is playing a full 48 minutes. Their last three games have ended with a fourth-quarter running clock. Look for updates and a video summary of the game on future postings. Whitney 36, Rio Americano 6 Wildcats 15 7 14 0 – 36 Raiders 0 0 0 6 – 0 TEAM LEADERS Passing – Drew Romo 6-15-93, 2 TD. Rushing – Sutter Choisser 16-114, 3 TD, Kwane Wilkinson 14-109, Jordan Powell 6-36. Receiving – Kris Corpus 1-32, TD, Tyler Torres 2-25, TD, Cody Moffitt 1-18. PAT – Jordan Traynor kick 4-4, 2-point run. Sacks – JR Robinson 2, Geno Chiarpotti 2. Tackles – Francis Kim 7, Alex Yount 6, Justin Nishta 4.