Tigers roll over Oakmont in SFL opener

Moreno's passing, dominant defense lead the way
By: Chayla Furlong, Special to The Press-Tribune
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The Roseville High School football team delivered a decisive 42-6 win over the Oakmont Vikings in the Sierra Foothill League 2008 season opener. Roseville was dominant from its first possession when quarterback Mike Moreno threw to receiver Andrew Pangburn for a touchdown within the first few minutes of the game. The pace continued as the Tigers added another three touchdowns in the first half, making the score 28-0 at the break. Oakmont struggled offensively throughout the game. The Vikings gained only 48 yards in the first half and took a pounding from the Tigers’ efficient defense in both halves. An interception by Oakmont defensive back Josh Coggeshall gave the Vikings an extra possession in the second half, but they were unable to convert. The Vikings sole touchdown was from quarterback Matt Ewing in the fourth quarter. “I thought we played a great first half,” said Roseville head coach Larry Cunha. “Overall we were very, very good defensively.” Roseville performed offensively as well. The Tigers gained 318 yards during the game, with a total of 193 rushing yards and 122 passing yards. Two of the rushing touchdowns came from Pangburn who had a total of 84 receiving yards. The third was from Matt Hack. Mike Moreno threw for three scores and contributed a touchdown and a total of 79 rushing yards. Running back and receiver Zack Davis also performed well for the Tigers with two touchdowns, 85 rushing yards and 18 receiving yards. Though Oakmont fought hard, it had only 142 yards total, with 111 rushing yards and 31 passing yards. The big contributors for the Vikings were Ewing with 41 rushing and 31 passing yards, and Dalton Grimm with 32 rushing yards. “Oakmont played hard,” said Cunha. “They played hard throughout and they didn’t give up, so give them credit for that.” Junior Varsity The Roseville junior varsity also came away with a big win tonight. The Tigers defeated the Vikings 36-7. “The game plan was that we wanted to throw the ball early if we could,” said head coach Tim McDowell. “We wanted to establish our passing game we’ve been working on.” The key components of the game plan were quarterback Nick Blaser and leading receiver Jesse Klimek. According to McDowell the Tigers were looking to raise the percentage of passing plays, and it proved successful tonight against the Vikings. “We knew they [Oakmont] had several talented players, but that their numbers were down,” said McDowell. “We were hoping that we could wear them down a little.” But the game was settled mainly by the turnovers from the Vikings. “I think we had five or six turnovers,” said McDowell. “The difference in the game, quite honestly, was turnovers. I don’t think we turned the ball over once. “They didn’t take care of the football,” he continued, “and some of that is because our defense was playing hard and some of it was just lack of execution.”