Tigers roll over Rosemont in playoff opener

Roseville will host second round contest next Friday night
By: Galen Kusic, Special to The Press-Tribune
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The Roseville Tigers remain unbeaten at home this season after destroying the Rosemont Wolverines 52-8 Friday night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs at Hanson Field. Coming into the night the Wolverines were averaging more than 240 yards a game on the ground, but on this night first downs were scarce as the Tigers shut down Rosemont's featured back Donald Gandy all game long. "We came out ready to play,” Roseville coach Larry Cunha said. “This is why we beat Granite Bay and Del Oro to be the No. 1 seed. Our job is to take advantage of that, and I thought we did that tonight. Our kids came out and played hard defensively, we were physical and got after things." Senior quarterback Mike Moreno leads Roseville in rushing and passing yards per game, but tonight five different Tigers scored in a contest that was never in question from the start. "We had a great week of practice. We had a feeling coming in that we were going to dominate," said senior running back Zack Davis. "Basically we wanted to stop the run and shut down their wide receivers, and we did." Davis and senior wide receiver Andrew Pangburn each scored two touchdowns en route to the decisive win. With 39 seconds to go in the half, Pangburn made a spectacular diving catch in the end zone to give the Tigers a 27-0 lead at the break. Roseville came out gunning again after intermission. After a 37-yard run from quarterback Matt Hack to open the half, he kept it himself on the ensuing play from the one to widen the Tiger lead to 33-0. After a bad snap on a punt, Rosemont turned the ball over on downs at their own nine, allowing Davis to score on a sweep, making it 40-0. Just when it looked like Rosemont might get a drive going, Roseville defensive end Anthony Clark sacked Wolverine quarterback Anthony Enriquez for a huge loss, dashing all hopes of a miracle comeback. Tigers' junior running back John Alvarez put the cherry on top when he scampered down the sideline 71-yards to set up a Matthew Lanch touchdown that put Roseville up 52-0 with just two minutes left to play. "We came in knowing they were a good team," said Moreno. "We just almost had a perfect game, our defense really shut them down, and our defense was huge. Whenever they went out there, they stopped them. Everything went smooth tonight." Rosemont didn't manage to get on the board until 1:12 left in the game, when Gandy took it in from five yards out to erase the shutout. "We have to build on this, don't get overconfident, and don't get too cocky," said Davis. "We just need to stay level-headed going into the next game." With the win, Roseville improves to 8-3 and will play the winner of this afternoon’s Christian Brothers vs. Burbank game next week at Hanson Field. Rosemont falls to 7-4 on the year. "Every week we try to get better, one day at a time," said Cunha. "That's been the focus since we got beat early. With this group, after we beat those teams, we saw the possibilities. We've gained confidence as we've gone. When we play our game, we can play with anybody."