Roseville stumbles in opener at Cosumnes OaksBy: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
ELK GROVE — Head coach Larry Cunha and his Roseville High School football team will roll into Saturday morning’s early turnaround after Friday night’s 44-7 loss to Cosumnes Oaks with building blocks for the 2012 season:
Senior Austin Ash swarming the ball from sideline to sideline on defense, senior Grant Jansen running over defenders and junior Kyle Downie impressing at quarterback with his scrambling ability and timely left-handed arm.
But young teams will make mistakes, and a junior-dominated roster will make many. The Tigers made many — 11 penalties for 79 yards, an overthrow on a sure touchdown early in a 7-0 game, a bad snap, a bad exchange, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that negated a big gain and two gaffes that led to points for the host Wolfpack, a popular early pick to make noise in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
“We learned you can’t make mistakes and miss opportunities,” Cunha said. “We were sporadic in terms of assignments and protection.”
Downie entered early in the second quarter, and his 28-yard completion to Dallas Guerrero was Roseville’s first down. Downie finished 12 for 22 passing for 153 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown lob to Gabriel Lira with 54.4 seconds left in the first half that pulled the Tigers within 10-7.
But Roseville gave up a 34-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the first half.
A 31-yard pass on the first possession of the second half was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the Tigers ended up punting, and the Wolfpack drove 75 yards in 10 plays, the last 50 on a quick pass from Alex Kropp to Michael Coleman to make 23-7 late in the third quarter.
“We got nine weeks, starting Monday, to start getting better,” Cunha said. “We have a lot to build on. It’s just youth and inexperience.”
Roseville 34, Cosumnes Oaks 27 — The Tigers gave up possession on an onside kick and lost a fumble in the last two minutes but hung on to beat the Wolfpack.
Jake Vaughn returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown as Roseville went into halftime tied 13-13 and scored on a two-yard run with 4:20 remaining that, after Michael Dobler’s two-point conversion, gave the Tigers a 34-21 lead.
Amran Bisla put Roseville ahead 20-13 early in the third quarter with a 67-yard catch and run, dragging a Cosumnes Oaks defender the last 10 yards into the end zone, and Vaughn followed a 19-yard scramble by Dobler with a two-yard scoring run that gave the Tigers a 26-13 lead.
COSUMNES OAKS 44, ROSEVILLE 7
Roseville 0 7 0 0 — 7
Cosumnes Oaks 7 10 13 14 — 44
CO — Darden 3 run (Bamby kick)
CO — FG Bamby 27
Rose — Lira 17 pass from Downie (Barradanakhavan kick)
CO — Griffith 34 pass from Ares (Bamby kick)
CO — Coleman 50 pass from Kropp (run failed)
CO — Coleman 21 run (Bamby kick)
CO — Darden 13 run (Bamby kick)
CO — Willhite 8 run (Bamby kick)
RUSHING — Roseville, Jansen 8-5, Razzano 7-27, Downie 4-2, Lopez 2-minus 12, Ash 1-7, Carrel 1-1. Cosumnes Oaks, Darden 18-126, Willhite 5-42, Sawyer 4-51, Coleman 4-31, Ares 2-19, Barnes 1-7, Levi 1-1.
PASSING — Roseville, Downie 12-22-0, 153; Lopez 0-3-1, 0. Cosumnes Oaks, Kropp 6-11-0, 106; Ares 6-11-0, 82.
RECEIVING — Roseville, Lira 5-86, Razzano 3-7, Lopez 2-27, Guerrero 1-28, Jansen 1-5. Cosumnes Oaks, Griffith 4-72, Walker 3-35, Van Dyke 3-25, Coleman 1-50, Rogers 1-6.