WEST SACRAMENTO — Jeremiah Romero shined for the El Dorado High football team Friday against River City in a Sierra Valley Conference game, won by the host Raiders 47-8.
The Cougars junior defensive back intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and, toward the end of the quarter, recovered a fumble that El Dorado couldn’t cash in.
“Jeremiah is playing hard,” said El Dorado head coach Joe Volek. “He tried to turn the momentum.”
El Dorado (2-4, 0-2) and River City (2-4, 2-0) were guilty of seven fumbles combined in the first half; the Cougars had five and the Raiders two. Cougar Daniel Rivera recovered the other fumble in the first quarter, but El Dorado gave it back.
“We’ve got to eliminate mistakes and get better at the little things” Volek said. “When we do that, things will come together.”
River City was ahead 20-0 before Romero stepped in front of a pass thrown by Raiders’ signal caller Elijah Thomas and took it in for the touchdown with 9:11 left. El Dorado quarterback Bradley Schmidt hit wide receiver Clayton Van Duyn for the 2-point conversion to cut River City’s lead to 20-8.
Momentum quickly changed in favor of River City when running back Artis Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 34 yards to the Raiders’ 35 yard line. Three plays later, Thomas hit wide out Malik Dumentz on a 63-yard touchdown pass, topped by Vincent Chelini booting the extra point to build their lead to 27-8. The first half ended at 34-8 as quarterback Tucker McAmoil scored on an 18-yard run with 5:17 left in the quarter.
River City scored its last two touchdowns in the third quarter when Thomas hit Dumentz and fullback Kevin Burkes on 24 and 39-yard passes.
The Cougars moved the ball into Raiders territory toward the end of the second quarter before two incomplete passes went for naught and the Cougars then fumbled. El Dorado moved into River City’s side of the field three more times with two coming in the fourth quarter.
El Dorado has its bye week to prepare for its Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 12, against Consumnes Oaks.
“I just want to make sure that the kids can look beyond the scoreboard, continue to focus,” Volek said. “The bye couldn’t come at a better time.”
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