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Woodcreek lays it on Casa Roble

Junior back Layton has 203 yards, three touchdowns
By: Justin Lawson/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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ORANGEVALE — Woodcreek defensive end Corion Davis didn’t want to wait until the first play of the game Friday night to set the tone.

Just before kickoff, he huddled up his defensive teammates and tried to fire up a unit that was on the wrong side of a record-breaking performance the previous week. Six plays later, it was clear Woodcreek’s defense came to play.

The Timberwolves picked off Casa Roble (1-1) on its first possession and reeled off three unanswered scores on its way to a 49-34 victory.

“Our kids just showed tremendous character and maturity to come back, play another very tough team and come out with a solid victory,” Woodcreek coach John Hildebrand said.

Woodcreek (1-1) watched Folsom’s Jake Browning tie a state record with 10 touchdowns thrown in a 68-28 loss in week zero.

Early on Friday, it was clear Mitchell Layton wasn’t about to stand by for another lopsided defeat. The junior rushed for 203 yards on 22 carries and scored three of the Timberwolves’ first four touchdowns.

“I know if I can make more big plays it helps the O line just get more pumped up and ready to get out there and get more touchdowns and score for the team,” Layton said.

Layton’s first score came after Dylan Stacy intercepted Casa Roble’s Peyton Wilfley on the opening series. The short field gave Layton 16 yards to work with, and the 204-pounder started the series with a four-yard gain before busting through the middle of the line for a 12-yard touchdown.

Layton found a home between the tackles with two more touchdown runs of 15 and 21 yards.

The running game set up the pass, as senior quarterback Stephen Nogosek racked up 210 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-21 passing. He also ran for a 59-yard score in the fourth quarter to help stave off the pesky Rams.

“We didn’t feel like we established a great run game versus Folsom,” Hildebrand said. “It was an emphasis all week in practice, and Mitchell Layton, I think, really had a coming-of-age in his second game of his junior year. He’s still a very young back, but he ran tremendously hard and the O-line did a great job.”

WOODCREEK 49, CASA ROBLE 34

Woodcreek   21   7   6   15 — 49
Casa Roble     0 14   7   13 — 34

Wood — Layton 12 run (M. Corbett kick)
Wood — A. Corbett 7 pass Nogosek (M. Corbett kick)
Wood — Layton 15 run (M. Corbett kick)
CR — Jones 49 run (kick blocked)
Wood — Layton 21 run (M. Corbett kick)
CR — Wilfley 2 run (conversion good)
Wood — M. Corbett 21 pass Nogosek (kick failed)
CR — Morris 10 pass Wilfley (Martinez kick)
Wood – M. Corbett 25 pass Nogosek (conversion good)
CR — Romine 5 pass Wilfley (conversion failed)
Wood — Nogosek 59 run (M. Corbett kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Woodcreek, Layton 22-203, Nogosek 3-55, Fernandez 3-minus 3. Casa Roble, Jones 20-154, Wilfley 15-118, Torres 4-23, Cole 2-9, Harris 3-6, Morris 2-4.

PASSING — Woodcreek, Nogosek 11-21-3, 210. Casa Roble, Wilfley 14-28-1, 165.

RECEIVING — Woodcreek, M. Corbett 4-87, Moore 2-58, Robinson 3-44, A. Corbett 1-7, York 1-4. Casa Roble, Romine 5-71, Morris 4-49, Tenorio 2-22, Osbourne 3-23.