Whitney routs Rodriguez in preparation for homecoming

‘Cats run wild against Mustangs
By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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For visiting Rodriguez High, the full moon that rose over Whitney High football stadium Friday night was best described in the lyrics of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.” The Wildcat’s defense throttled Rodriguez and the offense ran over them. Whether rushing or passing it didn’t make much difference as Whitney was up 35-0 at intermission. “Oh yeah,” Whitney quarterback Drew Romo answered as to whether he thought the club was back on track after the Rocklin loss. “We’re working hard. We’re getting better each and every week, each and every day.” Romo was 9-15 in completions for 81 yards against the Mustangs. His 12-yard touchdown pass was to tight end Jason Brunet. Romo said he only threw five passes against Christian Brothers last week because the Falcons were stacked against the pass. He said the ‘Cats simply took advantage of what Christian Brothers gave them and the offensive line pushed the Falcons’ defense out of the way. Rodriguez came into Friday’s game at 2-2 with wins over Encinal and Fairfield. The Mustangs were averaging a little better than 20 points a game but that came to an abrupt halt against Whitney in the 48-0 loss. The Wildcats scored twice on interceptions, once on a pass and four times with the run. Sutter Choisser had three TDs on the night on rushes of 10, eight and one yards. Unofficially, he ran for 88 yards on nine carries, and didn’t play in the second half. The interception touchdowns were scored by Josh Gallofin (18 yards) and Andrew Huskey (57 yards). Equally impressive was the Wildcats’ defense. Had it not been for a couple of 10-yard runs the Mustang’s numbers would almost have been negative. “Were really strong as a team,” said junior linebacker Kyle McCray, who played quite a bit at quarterback with the junior varsity last season. “There’s no one position where we’re slacking in. We’re strong all over so we don’t have any place that’s vulnerable for another team to attack. We’re solid all around.” In fact, the Whitney coaches awarded both the offensive and defensive lines the team lunch pail of excellence for their performance against Rodriguez. That’s what the Capital Athletic League is going to have to contend with when league play opens next week. Whitney will host Mira Loma (3-2), a 22-20 loser to Dixon Friday. It’s also the Wildcats’ homecoming. JV _ Rodriguez 9, Whitney 7 Whitney’s junior varsity held on to a seven point lead until Rodriguez fought back to make it 7-6 as the third quarter came to an end. IN the final stanza, a fumble recovery by the Falcons kept the Cat’s pinned in their own territory. Then a following interception by Rodriguez set up the winning field goal. Whitney 48, Rodriguez 0 Mustangs 0 0 0 0 – 0 Wildcats 14 21 13 0 – 48 First Quarter Choisser 10 run (Traynor kick), 9:12 Brunet 12 pass from Romo (Traynor kick), 4:03 Second Quarter Choisser 10 run (Traynor kick), 4:14 Gallofin 18 interception (Traynor kick), 4:03 Choisser 1 run (Traynor kick), 0:16 Third Quarter Huskey 57 interception (kick failed), 9:23 Wilkinson 3 run (O’Malley kick), 0:00 RUSHING – Rodriguez 22-89. Whitney 29-182. PASSING – Rodriguez 8-18-60, 3 INT. Whitney 11-17-104.