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Eagles hand Tigers first shutout

Del Oro exploits tight end weakness in Homecoming rout
By: Eric J. Gourley, Gold Country News Service
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LOOMIS — Del Oro High watched enough film to discover Roseville’s weakness covering the tight end. The Golden Eagles exploited that flaw in their Homecoming game Friday night. Del Oro junior Adrian Williams caught three touchdown passes and the Eagles handed the Tigers their first shutout, a 49-0 Sierra Foothill League drubbing. “Certainly they beat us every which way tonight,” Roseville head coach Larry Cunha said. “At times we did a decent job but more often than not we didn’t do a very good job. Some of it was lack of discipline, and a lot of credit goes to Del Oro.” Tailback Bryce Pratt added three first-half touchdowns as the Eagles (7-0, 2-0 SFL) led 42-0 at the intermission. “We need to do what we’re coached and if we learned that tonight then we’ll be that much better down the road, but you can't make mistakes against a very good football team,” Cunha said. “Certainly at one point in time the winds do come out of the sail. They outplayed us and out-coached us in every facet. We’re a year removed from being SFL champions, so we should represent a little better than we did. I’m disappointed in that respect.” The Tigers (2-5, 0-2 SFL) missed an early field goal and failed to assemble a threatening drive. Del Oro’s offense, meanwhile, ran wild. Williams, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end, caught four passes for 97 yards. Junior quarterback Max Magleby finished 9 for 11 for a season-high 199 yards. “They were biting hard on the run,” Magleby said. “They’ve been focusing on Bryce. Watching them on film we knew they couldn’t cover play action very well so we went for it on the first play. You might as well take a shot, and we went back there several times.” Roseville quarterback Nick Blaser completed only 7-of-29 passes for 65 yards. He threw two interceptions. The Eagles held the Tigers to 55 yards on ground. Issiac Allen carried 12 times for 27 yards. Roseville hosts Granite Bay next Friday, while Del Oro travels to Woodcreek.