Wildcats prey on Eagles, 49-19

Whitney, Antelope 3-0 in CAL
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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Forty-nine seems to be the Whitney High School varsity football team’s lucky number. The Wildcats (3-0, 6-2) defeated El Camino High School on the road 49-19, Friday. It is the third consecutive game Whitney has scored 49 points. Quarterback Jake Rodrigues once again led the way for Whitney. He completed 8-of-12 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown. Rodrigues was also the team’s leading rusher. He ran the ball 14 times for 95 yards and had three touchdowns. The Wildcats, as a whole, were able to run all over El Camino. Connor Graves rushed for 77 yards on only nine carries and scored a touchdown. The senior was also Whitney’s leading receiver with three receptions that totaled 76 yards. Junior Tyler Torres only had one catch but it was a big one. Torres caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Rodrigues in the blowout. Senior linebacker J.T. Hirsch, senior defensive back Tanner Hughes and senior linebacker Sean O’Brien all led the Wildcats in tackles with eight. Even Whitney’s special teams squad jumped into the action. Senior tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick blocked a punt that went for a touchdown. The Wildcats are now 3-0 in the Capital League and tied with Antelope High School for first place. Whitney hosts Cordova on Friday at 7:30 p.m., before the Wildcats travel to Antelope for a big game Nov. 4. JV _ Whitney’s JV football team won 20-8 on Oct. 20 behind its big quarterback Kyle McCray who drove the team down to score the Wildcats’ first touchdown on a run. In the fourth quarter Zuhair Mirza powered over for the final touchdown from four yards out. Jack Brocchini Oleg Kubay and Phillip Mendoza led the defense who held El Camino to just one score. The JV squad is also a perfect 3-0 in league play and 6-2 overall. Whitney 49, El Camino 19 Wildcats 14 7 14 14 – 49 Eagles 0 0 13 6 – 19 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS PASSING Whitney – J Rodrigues 8-12, 180, 1. El Camino – J Lessard 7-13, 65. RUSHING Whitney – J Rodrigues 14-95, 3, A Yount 1-7, R Giacomini 9-54, S Choisser 6-44, 1, J Powell 6-44, C Graves 9-77, 1, N Torno 1-5. El Camino – D Boyd-Tanner 6-36, J Lessard 5-7, H Thomas 17-83, D Kuwabara 1-8, M Kintz 1-3, W McGehee 12-56, 1. RECEIVING Whitney – J Cope-Fitzpatrick 2-21, T Torres 1-75, 1, J Powell 2-8, C Graves 3-76. El Camino – D Hassenplus 2-21, H Thomas 2-26, D Kuwabara 3-18.