Whitney frosh use solid defense effort to topple Christian Brothers

By: Joshua Gutierrez Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Whitney High freshmen football team’s defense showed up in a big way and limited Christian Brothers to 143 yards of total offense Thursday. The Wildcats took advantage of seven turnovers on the day. On the second play of the game, the opportunistic Wildcats intercepted a pass deep in Falcon territory. Christian Brothers also failed to convert fourth-down conversion on three separate occasions. The ‘Cats stopped the Falcons on four downs inside the Whitney 12-yard and took over the ball on their 8-yard line. Again, the visitors got a scoring opportunity by blocking a Wildcats punt and recovering at Whitney’s seven. With only 41 seconds remaining in the first half, the Falcons came up empty handed on four consecutive pass plays. The offense played second billing on the night, but quarterback Hunter Rodrigues showed his appreciation toward the defense and their shutout performance. “It was the best game (the defense) had all year,” said Rodrigues. “It was great.” Rodrigues executed three touchdowns; two by air, one on the ground. He had touchdown passes of 34 and 75 yards, the 34-yarder to Dom Watson. Rodrigues also rushed for 1-yard score. His first touchdown was a 34-yard reception to Dom Watson for the first score of the game. No. 7 finished the night 8-for-16, with 186 yards. Whitney 23, Christian Brothers 0 Falcons 0 0 0 0 – 0 Wildcats 0 12 8 3 – 23 1st Quarter No score 2nd Quarter W – Watson 34 pass from Rodrigues (kick blocked) 9:39 W – Rodrigues 1 run (2-point fail), 6:30 3rd Quarter W – No. 85 75 pass from Rodrigues (2-point good), 4:47 4th Quarter W – FG No. 88, 3:03