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Roseville scores late to beat Woodcreek 49-42 in season finale

By: Robbie Enos
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In a battle for a lone league win, it was the Tiger that came out on top.

Bryce Crouch intercepted a Stephen Nogosek pass in the final seconds to clinch Roseville High School’s 49-42 victory over Woodcreek on Friday night at Hanson Field.

Both squads went into the season finale winless in Sierra Foothill League play.

“When you beat a rival, it’s going to stay with these kids for the rest of their lives,” Roseville head coach Larry Cunha said. “It’s huge to beat your crosstown rival.”

A pass interference call gave Woodcreek (2-8 overall, 0-5 SFL) a first down in the red zone with seven seconds remaining. Nogosek was forced out of the pocket and fired a strike to the right corner of the end zone. Crouch undercut the pass to end the game.

The score was tied at 42 after three quarters. Roseville (2-8, 1-4) orchestrated a nine-play drive that drained the clock and ended with a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Downie to Dallas Guerrero. It was Downie’s fifth touchdown pass and part of a 269-yard performance.

“Kyle Downie did a great job with his decision making,” Cunha said. “Receivers made the catches. It was just execution on our part. They wanted to commit to stop the run, which made them susceptible to the pass.”

Roseville led 35-21 at halftime, but the momentum shifted to Woodcreek with a 70-yard kickoff return by Mitchell Layton, leading to a one-yard scoring plunge by Tommy Torres.

Nogosek completed two 29-yard touchdown passes to Seth York in the third quarter to even the score.

“Both groups of kids just played really inspired football,” Woodcreek head coach John Hildebrand said. “I know neither one of us have had tremendous years, but you could tell both sides were up for the game. We’ve got passionate kids in this town.”

Roseville jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 19-yard touchdown run by Crouch and an 11-yard reception by Guerrero.

Woodcreek answered with a five-yard run by Layton and a 15-yard interception return by defensive lineman Corion Davis, who tipped a screen pass to himself and ran in for the score.

Roseville’s Jonathan Lopez caught eight passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

 

JV game

 

Roseville 34, Woodcreek 20 — The Tigers finished with an 8-2 record under head coach Tim McDowell. Last year’s squad went 9-1.

 

ROSEVILLE 49, WOODCREEK 42

 

Woodcreek     0   21   21   0 — 42

Roseville        14   21     7   7 — 49

 

Rose — Crouch 19 run (Baradannakhavan kick)

Rose — Guerrero 11 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)

Wood — Layton 5 run (Nogosek kick)

Wood — Davis 15 interception return (Nogosek kick)

Rose — Lopez 16 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)

Wood — Torres 2 run (Nogosek kick)

Rose — Carrel 5 run (Baradannakhavan kick)

Rose — Razzano 22 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)

Wood — Torres 1 run (Nogosek kick)

Wood — York 29 pass from Nogosek (Nogosek kick)

Rose — Lopez 44 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)

Wood — York 29 pass from Nogosek (Nogosek kick)

Rose — Guerrero 33 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 

RUSHING — Woodcreek, Layton 18-94, Nogosek 4-27, Fernandez 3-16, Torres 3-16, Robinson 1-4. Roseville, Razzano 12-44, Crouch 9-55, Carrel 9-35, Jansen 5-23, Downie 3-minus 4.

PASSING — Woodcreek, Nogosek 15-25-1, 200. Roseville, Downie 15-26-2, 269; Crouch 1-1-0, 44.

RECEIVING — Woodcreek, York 4-80, Robinson 4-53, Stacy 3-26, Layton 2-19, Moore 1-26, Torres 1-minus 4. Roseville, Lopez 8-165, Guerrerro 4-60, Crouch 3-65, Razzano 1-22.