Woodcreek Midgets stuff Vista del Lago
Woodcreek’s Midget defense allowed just two first downs, both on penalties, and forced two turnovers in a 30-0 victory over visiting Vista del Lago on Saturday in a Sierra Football & Cheer League season opener.
Jake Bianchi had a fumble recovery and Noah Kravich an interception for the Junior Timberwolves.
Stone Smartt threw two touchdown passes — to Kravich and Mason Whitney — and J.C. Santini and Tyler England each ran for a touchdown.
Granite Bay 6, Elk Grove 0 — Elk Grove had the ball inside the Granite Bay 15-yard line for the final 1:30, but with William Craig getting into the backfield several times, the Grizzlies (2-0) completed a shutout of the visiting Thundering Herd (0-2) in a Sierra Valley USA Youth Football & Cheer game.
Josh Farr threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jade Foddrill in the second quarter for the only touchdown. Farr also had a 50-yard punt return, and Nolan Stabbert blocked a punt.
“We knew this game would be a real battle because of their size and athleticism,” Grizzlies head coach Jeff Power said. “We expected more scoring, but both defenses were outstanding.”
Woodcreek 24, Vista del Lago 16 — Brock Thawley rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns in 15 carries to lift the Timberwolves over the Eagles.
Nate Riffie also had a touchdown run, as Woodcreek compiled more than 230 total yards. Quarterbacks Daniel Susac and Ethan Astor combined to complete 6 of 9 passes for 74 yards.
On defense, Gabriel Romero and Chris Cornell each recovered a fumble, and Justin Behr had an interception. Riffie and Brodie Stephens led the Timberwolves with eight tackles apiece.
Granite Bay 16, Elk Grove 14 — The host Grizzlies (2-0) stopped the Thundering Herd (0-2) with a goal-line stand and then scored on a long touchdown run on their way to a victory.
Will Nogrady and Tristan Lee tackled an Elk Grove ball carrier on fourth and goal from the Granite Bay 1-yard line to preserve an 8-7 lead with five minutes remaining. Lee then rambled 90 yards for a touchdown, and Chase Garmon’s second two-point conversion kick gave the Grizzlies a 16-7 lead.
Elk Grove scored late, but Granite Bay recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.
The Grizzlies’ first touchdown came on Joey Washburn’s 20-yard pass to Matt Solone.
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Woodcreek 40, Vista del Lago 0 — Caleb Nelson scored five touchdowns, and Wyatt Barsdale had four tackles for negative yardage and a sack as the Timberwolves shut out the Eagles.
Vista del Lago 12, Woodcreek 6 — The Eagles scored in the fourth quarter to beat the Timberwolves.
Woodcreek’s Christian Waters received blocks from Eric Solorio and Joseph Linder on a 49-yard touchdown run along the left sideline in the second quarter, and the Timberwolves had a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Roberts to Bryce Evans nullified because of a penalty.
Woodcreek’s defense, led by Danny Myles, Devyn Powanich-Lee and Mitchell Sarmento, shut down Vista del Lago on its first series.