ROSEVILLE -- The new season jitters couldn’t phase Woodcreek Friday night.
Woodcreek came out strong on both sides of a ball poured it on down the stretch to get by Rio Americano in its season-opener at home, 42-14.
“Overall, as a team, I thought we played well,” Woodcreek Co-Head Coach Kyle Stowers explained. “We did a very good job winning up front, and our returning guys made plays for us tonight on both sides of the ball.”
The Timberwolves started out out the first drive of the season with a sustainable set of plays capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Woodcreek senior quarterback Carter Krupp.
“We had some pregame jitters like any team would before a first game, but after that first snap it was go time,” Krupp explained. “It was so good, I thought, to start off the game with a touchdown and punch it down their throats. It was definitely what we needed.”
On the first defensive series, Woodcreek junior Grant Dinger jumped a route to steal an interception. Woodcreek then capitalized on the turnover with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Krupp to Matt Willford.
“Turnovers are always very important, especially in the first half to create momentum,” Dinger explained. “It was great, and I just love being out there.”
Krupp then would score on the next drive by a 36-yard quarterback-keeper, which saw him juke past the Raiders’ defense to take a 21-0 lead with 7:51 remaining in the half.
Rio would finally answer with a quarterback-keeper by Mitchell Dixon to get on the scoreboard with 2:21 left in the half. Woodcreek would then respond with another Krupp-to-Willford touchdown to head to the locker room up 28-7.
The first drive of the second half for the Timberwolves saw no letting up, with a balanced attack that ended on a 13-yard touchdown run by Dinger, and in the next drive, Dinger added another touchdown, this time from 22 yards out to take a 42-7 lead.
Rio would add a late touchdown in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough, and Woodcreek went on to roll past Rio easily, 42-14.
“We have been the doormat in the (Sierra Foothill League) in the previous years, but we have a new opportunity this year playing in the (Capital Valley Conference),” Krupp explained. “I thought it was important to start out strong and get a win, and I don’t think it is going to stop any time soon.”
With the win, Woodcreek starts the season 1-0 for the first time since 2015 and will take on Kennedy on the road in Week 2.
“We got a little film from last year on Kennedy, but we are going to take time to enjoy this win,” Stowers said. “We have to get better first as a team, and when we take care of things at our house, we will start looking to see how good Kennedy is.”
Whitney 35, Woodcreek 0
Woodcreek 33, Rio Americano 0