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Varsity Falls Short, Loses to Roseville 29-22

Varsity vs Roseville HS on 10/8/2010 7:30:00 PM
Posted Sunday, October 10, 2010 by The Roseville Press Tribune
Roseville takes advantage of Woodcreek mistakes
Lambert's late touchdown gives Tigers lead; penalties nullify two Timberwolves TDs
By Bill Poindexter
Roseville Press Tribune

Woodcreek High School, which won four games in a row going into Friday night’s Sierra Foothill League opener at Roseville, now must find a way to win.

Roseville, which handed its rival the momentum and lost the lead in the third quarter, took advantage of two touchdown-nullifying penalties against the Timberwolves and came back to make enough impact plays in the final period to win 29-22 at Hanson Field.

“In this league, they’re all going to be good ones,” Roseville coach Larry Cunha said. “Whenever you get an SFL win, it’s a quality win.”

Roseville’s Foster Tracey scooped a fumble by Woodcreek running back Blake Cervantes at the Roseville 40-yard line, returned it into Timberwolves territory, and Casey Lambert (19 carries, 150 yards) scored two plays later on a 35-yard run as the Tigers (4-2, 1-0 SFL) regained the lead. Quarterback Nick Blaser hit Parker Daughhetee for a big two-point conversion and a 29-22 advantage with 6:52 remaining.

“We absolutely needed a momentum-turner,” Roseville teammate Drew Tawlks said of Lambert’s run. “The line did a great job. It was just a great play call, and it was perfect.”

Woodcreek (4-2, 0-1 SFL) drove 65 yards in six plays on the first possession and took a quick 6-0 lead on a 19-yard run by Cervantes, who carried 18 times for 177 yards.

Roseville countered with a nine-play, 72-yard march, converting once on fourth down and scoring on a three-yard pass from Blaser to Brennik Eltagonde-Gonzalez.

The Timberwolves were hit with six penalties for 65 yards in the first half, including one that nullified a touchdown pass from Shaun Mize to Dylan Zuverink. Woodcreek punted two plays later.

Roseville pounced on the opportunity and slowly marched 54 yards in 11 plays, converting again on fourth down and scoring on a seven-yard run by Blaser to take a 21-6 lead.

Woodcreek scored late in the half on a two-yard pass from Mize to Zuverink and then dominated the third quarter. The Timberwolves sniffed out a fake punt, took over at the Roseville 30 and converted that into Bobby Reeves’ 24-yard field goal.
Woodcreek forced another punt, and Michael Blair’s block sprung Cervantes on a 65-yard scoring run that gave the Timberwolves a 22-21 lead.

Woodcreek had another touchdown called back – a 60-yard scamper by Cervantes – on its next possession, and a 44-yard field goal attempt by Reeves was no good. Roseville scored the go-ahead touchdown less than three minutes later.
“I tip my hat to Roseville. They had a nice plan, and they played real hard,” Woodcreek coach John Hildebrand said. “The thing is, in these tight games, is digging down and finding a way to win them, and they did on that last touchdown drive. … We just couldn’t answer back.”

Roseville 29, Woodcreek 22

 Woodcreek 6 6 10 0 22
 Roseville 14 7 0 8 39

Wood – Cervantes 19 run (kick blocked)
Rose – Eltagonde-Gonzalez 3 pass from Blaser (Vasquez kick)
Rose – Smith 47 pass from Blaser (Vasquez kick)
Rose – Blaser 7 run (Vasquez kick)
Wood – Zuverink 2 pass from Mize (pass failed)
Wood – FG 24 Reeves
Wood – Cervantes 65 run (Reeves kick)
Rose – Lambert 35 run (Daughhetee pass from Blaser )

Individual statistics
RUSHING – Woodcreek, Cervantes 18-177, Nourth 6-minus 3, Blair 2-19, Mize 2-11, Beaber 1-8. Roseville, Lambert 19-150, Tawlks 17-51, Blaser 4-15, Allin 1-minus 5, Cunha 1-minus 9.

PASSING – Woodcreek, Mize 9-17-1, 130. Roseville, Blaser 9-16-0, 119.

RECEIVING – Woodcreek, Whitebear 3-54, Cervantes 2-36, Zuverink 2-22, Lara 1-10, Rogers 1-8. Roseville, Smith 3-63, Daughhetee 3-27, Lambert 2-26, Eltagonde-Gonzalez 1-3.

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