Woodcreek lights up El Camino behind Krupp’s four touchdowns

Timberwolves now 3-0 in 2018
By: Cameron Salerno
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SACRAMENTO– Woodcreek football in 2017 had two wins. In 2018, Woodcreek has three  through the first three weeks. The Timberwolves are off to their best start since 2015, and the new era of Woodcreek football has the team excited in hopes of achieving their first winning season in school history this year.

The 2015 Woodcreek team, who holds the tie with the 2014 team for the best start in school history at 4-0, only managed to finish 5-5 both years due to only one league win. However, due to the switch to the new look Capital Valley Conference, Woodcreek has increased their chances to earn their best start in school history. Woodcreek is well on its way after picking up a convincing 42-7 victory on the road over El Camino.  

“It has been awhile since we have been 3-0,” Woodcreek co-head coach Kyle Stowers said. “It was a little sloppy tonight, but I thought our defense stepped up. We know the road is going to get tougher from here on out.”

Woodcreek has scored 42 points in all three games while only giving up a total of 33 points to their opponents in the first three weeks. Not only has the defense limited points scored against them, they also have forced multiple turnovers, including three Friday night.  

“(Our defense) is playing harder,” Stowers said. “When you fly to the ball and do what you are supposed to do, good things tend to happen like they are on that side of the ball right now.”

After an early first-quarter touchdown by Woodcreek senior quarterback Carter Krupp, senior Benjamin Santiago-Kemp picked off a pass over the middle of the field, which set up a Krupp touchdown pass to senior Peyton Allen.

Despite two first-half fumbles from Woodcreek and a late-half touchdown by El Camino, the Timberwolves still found themselves in the driver's seat and heading to the locker room up, 21-7.

Krupp in the second half would score on two more touchdown runs, and Woodcreek would get a fumble return for a touchdown to cruise by the Eagles, 42-7, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Woodcreek looks to continue their win streak next Friday when they host Pleasant Grove.

“(Pleasant Grove) is a Delta League opponent who is well-coached and has many talented athletes,” Stowers added. “We know we are going to have to play our best game to win.”

That game will be the first of a two-game homestand for the Timberwolves. The following week will offer a kick-off of CVC play against their longtime cross-town rival Roseville. The Tigers lost their first game of 2018 Friday to a Rio Americano team that Woodcreek beat in, 42-14, in the opening week.