Lambert, Roseville crush Oakland
Running back Casey Lambert turned the first half of Roseville High School’s game against Oakland into the Kentucky Derby on Friday night.
The 41-8 final score was the Tigers’ finish line, although Lambert’s work was done after the first half, a 168-yard, five-touchdown performance.
“I had the holes all night,” Lambert said. “I was able to hit them, and they couldn’t tackle.”
After Roseville took a 34-8 lead at halftime, a running clock was used for the second half and there were only seven possessions the rest of the game. The second-string Tigers entered the game and contributed a final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard Grady Allin run.
Quarterback Virgil Bridges led Oakland in passing and rushing with 98 total yards. The sloppy pass offense from the Wildcats and a stout Roseville defense led to 15 incompletions.
It took Roseville four plays for Lambert to score his first touchdown. The Tigers also had another four-play possession, ending in a powerful 19-yard run by Lambert when he shed three tackles. A botched pitch from quarterback Nick Blaser in Roseville territory at the end of the first quarter led to Oakland’s only score.
The next three touchdowns came on a simple offensive formula: Give Lambert the ball and watch him dart down the field before scoring on a power run to the left side, where tackle Tobin Gramyk and guard Eric Acosta could finish the job.
Blaser completed two big passes – 35 and 28 yards – to receiver Jesse Klimek to assist the offense. Ryan Fratto ran for 30 yards, including a 20-yarder that led to Lambert’s fourth score. Fullback Drew Tawlks contributed key blocks and helped clear the lanes.
Roseville head coach Larry Cunha was thrilled to put his backups in at the end of the game. Quarterback Zach Cunha rushed for 21 yards on five carries and Allin went for 81 yards.
“I was very happy,” Cunha said. “To get those guys in that have worked throughout the summer, that is maybe the best thing that happened (Friday night). We got a lot of guys playing time.”
Roseville now will prepare for its Sierra Foothill League opener against Woodcreek. That will start a rigorous schedule with Rocklin, Nevada Union, Del Oro and Granite Bay following.
“I still have to look at the film, but I know Casey Lambert did a great job, and defensively we played well,” Cunha said. “But next week is where we’ll find out just how good of a football team we are.”
Roseville 41, Oakland 8
Oakland 8 0 0 0 – 8
Roseville 14 20 0 7 -- 41
Rose – Lambert 6 run (Vasquez kick)
Rose – Lambert 19 run (Vasquez kick)
Oak – Chao 9 pass from Bridges (McGlothen pass from Bridges)
Rose – Lambert 2 run (Vasquez kick)
Rose – Lambert 5 run (Vasquez kick)
Rose – Lambert 21 run (kick blocked)
Rose – Allin 16 run (Vasquez kick)
RUSHING – Roseville, Lambert 18-168, Allin 7-81, Fratto 5-30, Cunha 5-21, Tawlks 3-12, Ledesky 1-4, Blaser 1-0. Oakland, Bridges 9-26, Bobino 1-0, McGlothen 1-minus 3.
PASSING – Roseville, Blaser 2-6-0, 63. Oakland, Bridges 9-24, 72.
RECEIVING – Roseville, Klimek 2-63. Oakland, Chao 4-9, McGlothen 3-38, Gordon 2-32.