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Whitney jumps all over mistake-prone Oakmont

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN — Whitney has two blowout victories two games into the high school football season.

The blowouts may not continue, but their season honor toward former teammate Christian Daniels will.

Daniels, a Whitney 2012 graduate who died in a motorcycle accident this summer, was honored with a moment of silence before Friday night’s home opener against Oakmont. Players and cheerleaders had Daniels’ jersey number 9 painted onto their uniforms, and his number is formed on a hill behind the east end zone.

“It’s been tough on our kids,” Whitney coach Mike Gimenez said after the Wildcats took advantage of seven turnovers to blow out the Vikings 51-6. “He was an awesome football player, but more importantly, he was an awesome kid. The last few weeks have been hard for our kids.”

Whitney has dedicated its season to Daniel, and Friday night, the Wildcats won their home opener and made Oakmont pay for several mistakes.

Senior Sutter Choisser rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns, junior Drew Romo passed for a touchdown and ran for a score, and the Wildcats held the Vikings to 192 total yards.

Junior Kwane Wilkinson carried 16 times for 110 of Whitney’s 346 yards rushing.
“This means everything to us,” Romo said. “Our offensive line had great pass protection. I love those guys. Our defense did awesome.

Oakmont pulled within 7-6 on Taylor Laird’s 69-yard touchdown bomb to Justin Holmes, but Whitney pulled away to a 26-6 halftime lead by scoring three touchdowns in the last five minutes of the second quarter.

Two fumble recoveries inside the Oakmont 2-yard line led to Whitney’s first two touchdowns. With 1:17 left in the first half, junior Kyle McCray blocked an Oakmont punt, picked up the loose ball and ran 24 yards for a score.

The Wildcats recovered a pooch kickoff to start the second half and scored six plays later. Whitney intercepted Laird three times in the third quarter and turned one into Romo’s 37-yard scoring toss to Tyler Torres.

One week after beating Foothill in its opener, Oakmont (1-1) committed seven turnovers and seven penalties against Whitney.

Laird was intercepted by Jordan Powell, Josh Gallofin and Torres. Gallofin also had a fumble recovery, as did McCray, Andre Scott and Matt Guerrero.

JV game

Oakmont 15, Whitney 7 — Mason Allen scored two touchdowns as the Vikings improved to 2-0. Allen scored on a long fumble return and caught a scoring pass from Coleman Harrigan. Nick Michelli also kicked a 30-yard field goal for Oakmont.

WHITNEY 51, OAKMONT 6

Oakmont   6     0     0   0 —   6
Whitney    7   19   19   6 — 51


Whit — Choisser 2 run (Traynor kick)
Oak — Holmes 69 pass from Laird (kick blocked)
Whit — Romo 1 run (kick failed)
Whit — Choisser 2 run (Traynor kick)
Whit — McCray 24 blocked punt return (kick failed)
Whit — Choisser 2 run (kick blocked)
Whit — Torres 37 pass from Romo (pass failed)
Whit — Powell 18 run (O’Malley kick)
Whit — Yount 2 run (pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Oakmont, Hamric 7-31, Laird 6-28, Keys 5-18, Javier 2-9, Schmitt 1-2, David 1-minus 3. Whitney, Choisser 18-154, Wilkinson 16-110, Robinson 5-2, Powell 4-30, Romo 4-25, Yount 4-16, Mirza 3-7, Evans 1-2, Torno 1-2, Corpus 1-minus 2.

PASSING — Oakmont Laird 8-23-3, 107. Whitney, Romo 4-12-1, 65.

RECEIVING — Oakmont, Holmes 4-98, Parker 1-8, Walton 1-4, Cox 1-minus 1, Schmitt 1-minus 2. Whitney, Torres 1-37, Corpus 1-18, Carpenter 1-9, Powell 1-1.