Roseville tops Oakmont in homecoming, 100th-anniversary celebrationBy: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
It was the first drive of the game, and the Roseville Tigers faced a fourth and one on the Oakmont 23-yard line.
The next play would define the rest of the game, as guard Kyle Powers opened a big hole on the right side. Fullback Isaac Carrel cleared the way with another great block, allowing Matt Razzano to break several tackles on his way to the end zone.
It was great blocking and well-executed running plays that led the Tigers to a 21-7 victory over Oakmont on Friday night at Hanson Field. It was destiny, as Roseville celebrated its homecoming and the 100th anniversary of the school. Razzano rushed for 145 yards in 19 carries.
“We knew we were going up against a defense that wasn’t as strong as other defenses that we have played,” Razzano said. “We just knew that if we played hard and focused, we would get the win.”
Poor tackling proved to be the Vikings’ downfall. Razzano broke a 41-yard gain in the second quarter, which led to Roseville’s second touchdown, and Tigers quarterback Kyle Downie connected with Bryce Crouch near the end of the second period for a 13-yard touchdown.
“Execution is the bottom line,” Downie said. “That’s all there is to it. Everybody’s gotta do what they’ve gotta do.”
Said Oakmont head coach Tim Moore, “Not making tackles was the key. Guys are in the right spot, scheme is there; guys aren’t making plays.”
Oakmont also gave away big opportunities on offense. After going into the second quarter tied at 7, the Vikings were marching down the field. But after a 29-yard completion inside the Roseville 5, the ball was fumbled and recovered by the Tigers at their 1. Oakmont fumbled again on the next possession.
“We’re gonna keep on doing what we do every day,” Moore said. “We just need them to execute. If I could go out there and do it for them, I’d do it. But we’re doing everything we can to get these guys in the right spots, and our boys aren’t executing.”
The Tigers hope to build off their first victory of the season. Downie complimented the rushing attack with a solid passing game, averaging nearly 14 yards per completion.
After Oakmont was forced into a passing frenzy in the fourth quarter, the Roseville secondary answered with exceptional play, defending several passes and making big hits in the middle of the field. Vikings quarterback Taylor Laird was 4 for 16 in that final period.
“We’re just going to take the momentum and keep it rolling,” Razzano said.
ROSEVILLE 21, OAKMONT 7
Oakmont 7 0 0 0 — 7
Roseville 7 14 0 0 — 21
Rose — Razzano 23 run (Baradannakhavan kick)
Oak — Keys 1 run (Rosnack kick)
Rose — Carrel 1 run (Baradannakhavan kick)
Rose—Crouch 13 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)
RUSHING — Oakmont, Laird 17-68, Hamric 10-43, R. Walton 3-25, Keys 3-15, S. Walton 1-3. Roseville, Razzano 19-145, Downie 10-10, Carrel 8-20, Crouch 3-46.
PASSING — Oakmont, Laird 12-32-0, 180. Roseville, Downie 8-12-0-111.
RECEIVING—Oakmont, Holmes 4-60, S. Walton 2-29, Parker 2-30, Olsen 1-29, Cox 1-14, Mead 1-4, Schmitt 1-4. Roseville, Guerrero 3-57, Crouch 3-31, Razzano 2-23.