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Woodcreek QB Nogosek: Man with the golden gun

Timberwolves' big arm gets a big test in opener against Folsom
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School has some youth on its varsity football team — to the tune of 31 juniors. But the Timberwolves have their fair share of experience, too.

They also have a somebody not every other football team has: a golden arm.
Senior quarterback Stephen Nogosek is a hot commodity in the baseball circle. He has size to go with his 90-mph fastball, which carried Woodcreek to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship last spring. Scouts are watching.

In this day and age of one sport only, Nogosek remains the quarterback of the football team in his senior year with baseball still six months away. Recruiters are watching, too.

Shaun Mize, now at the University of Nevada on a baseball scholarship, was the quarterback last season, but Nogosek took snaps when Mize was dinged.

Nogosek passed for 481 yards and seven touchdowns in 28 completions. With Mize under center, Nogosek caught 22 passes for 411 yards and three scores. He also rushed for three touchdowns.

Nogosek showed the ability to escape, buy time and zing passes during a scrimmage against Davis and Chico-Pleasant Valley on Aug. 18.

He threw touchdown passes to Mitch Corbett and Kyle Gately, a junior who slipped into the open as Nogosek slipped away from sack attempts.

Gately also made a leaping scoring catch in the corner of the end zone. Playing cornerback, he impressed head coach John Hildebrand.

“He played well on both sides of the ball,” Hildebrand said. “He came up and tackled well.”

Tommy Torres and Corion Davis anchor the defense. Along with fellow senior Kory Adams, they pressured the Davis and Pleasant Valley quarterbacks and played the run well.

Woodcreek will be quick at cornerback with juniors Dylan Stacy and Alex Rotteveel. Both ran with junior running back Mitchell Layton on the Timberwolves’ Sierra Foothill League-champion 4x100 relay team in the spring.
Junior Michael Daw solidifies the secondary at free safety.

Left guard Mason Shaw anchors the line.

WOODCREEK TIMBERWOLVES

Date       Opponent
Today      FOLSOM
Aug. 31   At Casa Roble
Sept. 7    At Oakmont
Sept. 14  ANTELOPE
Sept. 21  Idle
Sept. 28  PLACER
Oct. 5     At Del Oro (SFL)
Oct. 12   At Nevada Union (SFL)
Oct. 19   ROCKLIN (SFL)
Oct. 26   GRANITE BAY (SFL)
Nov. 2    At Roseville (SFL)
Varsity games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted.

Today’s opponent: The name Folsom is an attention-getter when the topic of conversation is high school football. The Bulldogs rode Dano Graves’ 62 touchdown passes to the 2010 CIF Division II State Bowl Game, where they rolled over Gardena-Serra 48-20. Last season, Tanner Trosin passed and ran for 6,364 yards and 69 touchdowns, and J’Juan Muldrow caught 122 passes for 1,895 yards and 23 scores as Folsom advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship, where it lost to Vacaville 39-35. Graves is long gone. Trosin and Muldrow graduated last spring. Junior Troy Knox is back, coming off a 66-reception, 845-yard, four-score season. Folsom remains solid and should compete for a title in the rugged Delta River League; there just isn’t that one big-name star who has people talking.