Big victories, narrow losses in youth football openers
Del Oro scored on fourth down in triple overtime to defeat the Woodcreek Junior Pee Wees 25-19 on Saturday in a Sierra Football and Cheer season opener at Del Oro High School in Loomis.
Caleb Nelson scored all three touchdowns for Woodcreek, the first coming with 12 seconds left in the first half to cut the Jr. Timberwolves’ deficit to 13-7. He returned a kickoff 60 yards for a score, and his 44-yard touchdown tied the score with 2:40 left in regulation.
Nelson rushed for 121 yards in 11 carries, and Christopher Osby had 133 yards in nine carries, including runs of 45, 40 and 35 yards.
On defense, Nate Riffie had nine tackles, Cooper King seven tackles, Brock Thawley six and Chris Cornell-Richards five.
Roseville 38, Nevada Union 0 — Nofo Noa carried 22 times for 151 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown, and had a 28-yard scoring catch to help the Jr. Tigers beat the Jr. Miners in a Sierra Valley USA Football and Cheer opener.
Nick Cobleigh also scored a touchdown and rushed for 66 yards in 10 carries.
Quarterback Blake Rayback carried four times for 68 yards and two touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes, including a 43-yarder to Tyler VanVliet. Omar Martinez was 4 for 4 on conversion kicks, worth two points in youth football.
Roseville rushed for 335 of its 406 total yards.
Sahil Sall led the defensive charge with an interception.
Woodcreek 36, Del Oro 6 — The Jr. Timberwolves forced five turnovers and turned one into a defensive touchdown in their rout of Del Oro. When he wasn’t scoring on runs, Camerion Davis knocked down a swing pass that Cade White recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Nevada Union 19, Roseville 12 — Dillon Ruddell rushed for more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown, and Andrew Reyes ran for the Jr. Tigers’ other score and had a 20-yard completion to Anthony Payne.
Ruddell, Payne, Richard Porter, Zane Mosher and Scott Sinclair each had five-plus tackles.
Woodcreek 12, Del Oro 0 — The Jr. Timberwolves recorded a shutout, and middle linebacker Isaiah Ajayi scored a touchdown on a nine-yard interception return. Defensive end Kody Tagert had four sacks for Woodcreek, one for a 13-yard loss on fourth and long.
Carson Marsh scored the Jr. Timberwolves’ other touchdown on a 15-yard run and had 48 yards in 14 carries. He also made four solo tackles. Brody Stephens rushed for 53 yards in 11 carries.
Greg Rotteveel’s first punt went for 45 yards, and he averaged 31 yards.
Junior Pee Wees
Granite Bay 7, Woodland 6 — Ty Peterson’s second interception of the game stopped Woodland’s final drive inside the Granite Bay 20-yard line with less than a minute remaining. Peterson and Will Nogrady each had a fumble recovery, as Granite Bay held Woodland after each team scored in the first quarter.
Peterson scored on a 78-yard run on the Jr. Grizzlies’ first possession, and Andrew Martinez ran for the extra point, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Woodcreek 6, Del Oro 0 — Cameron Brannen made the final stop on a goal-line stand that gave the Jr. Timberwolves a victory in overtime. Junior Kyubwa followed blocks by Alex Aaron-Able and Tyler Randall to score the only touchdown.
Granite Bay 4 TDs, Woodland 1 — Jedediah Smith paved the way with four pancake blocks, as Jordan Greenfelder and Nathan Lewis each ran for two long touchdowns. Lewis had six tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, and Smith had a sack.