Wilcats maul Mira Loma, 49-18

Whitney moves to top of CAL standings
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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The Whitney High School varsity football team looked stellar in its Capital Conference opener. The Wildcats defeated Mira Loma High School on the road 49-18, Saturday. The Wildcats led 36-0 at halftime. The Matadors scored 18 unanswered points in the third quarter but by then Whitney already had the game in hand. Senior quarterback Jake Rodrigues completed 9-of-20 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns. Rodrigues was also the Wildcats leading rusher with 82 yards on 10 attempts. Senior running back Isaiah Moore rushed for 81 yards, junior Ryan Giacomini rushed for 80 yards. They both rushed for a touchdown, also. Junior wide receiver Tyler Torres led Whitney in receptions and receiving yards with four catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats played well on the defensive side of the ball, too. Junior linebacker Jason Gutierrez led the team with 12 tackles and junior linebacker J.T. Hirsch had nine tackles in the win. Whitney recorded 2.5 sacks combined by Sean O’Brien, Andrew Sopinski and Devin Velasquez. Senior cornerback Trever Sitch had two interceptions and senior defensive back Tanner Hughes recovered a fumble as Whitney also won the turnover battle, 3-0. Capital Standings Leag O’all 1.Whitney 1-0 4-2 2. Antelope 1-0 3-3 3. Rio Amicano 1-0 3-3 4. Mira Loma 0-1 2-4 5. El Camino 0-1 1-5 6. Cordova 0-1 0-6 JV _ Whitney’s junior varsity played great against Mira Loma, as well. The Wildcats won, 63-12, to improve to 3-1-1. Whitney looked good in its first conference game behind some great offensive line blocking from Shane Anderson, Mark Mueller, Zac Thurn and Nick Scolari. Quarterback Kyle McCray ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 54-yard touchdown to Josh Gallofin who also ran in another touchdown from 45 yards out. The Wildcats rushed for 357 yards with Jason Brunet, Kris Corpus, Marcus Robinson and Tyler Slagle all rushing in for touchdowns. On Defense Travis Garabedian, Matt Magee, Andre Scott and Nolan Squyres did a great job holding Mira Loma’s very good running back to only two scores.