Wildcats take big bite out of Mira Loma in CAL opener

Whitney defense takes control
By: Joshua Gutierrez Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Whitney Wildcats wasted no time in putting up the first points of the game when Drew Romo scored from seven yards out. As the final seconds ticked away, the Wildcats embraced their homecoming with a 63-14 victory over Mira Loma Friday. The Wildcats scored again when Sutter Choisser closed out the first period with Whitney’s second touchdown following a four-play drive. In the second quarter, Mira Loma put together a drive that resulted in its first touchdown with a 14-yard pass. After giving up another ‘Cats TD, the Matadors came back to close the gap to 21-14, set up by a 63-yard run by Jonnie Hilliard. But before the Matadors could gain traction, Choisser and company pulled away with three scores in the remaining eight minutes before intermission. Whitney’s No. 22 touched the ball four times in the last three drives and gained 87 yards with two scores. The Wildcats J.R. Robinson also scored with no more than 2.2 seconds left in the half to make the score 42-14. Robinson typically plays linebacker. Whitney’s defense took control in the second half. Choisser and Romo spent the final two periods on the sidelines giving running back Marcus Robinson a chance to score. Robinson would later recover a Matador fumble to seal the victory. “They got our attention after the second touchdown,” said Gimenez,. “I told my team, we got to be focused and disciplined.” The Wildcats now stand at 1-0 in the Capital Athletic League. ‘The Cats will hit the road next week to play Rio Americano. Last year, Whitney defeated the Raiders 49-14 and currently have a six-game winning streak in the CAL. Whitney 63, Mira Loma 14 Matadors 0 14 0 0 - 14 Wildcats 14 28 21 0 – 63