ORANGEVALE — Host Casa Roble shut out visiting Golden Sierra Friday night, blanking the Grizzlies 40-0 to grop them to 0-4 on the preseason. Despite the loss, Golden Sierra head coach John Hilton turned his attention to Sierra Delta League play that opens for the Griz in two weeks.
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“We can take away from tonight that the guys didn’t stop battling,” said Hilton. “We had some guys in the second half really step up and make some plays. Now we rest and get ready for league and I really think we’re starting to figure out what kind of team we are.”
Casa wasted little time scoring as the host Rams scored on their five first-half possessions en route to a 33-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Peyton Wilfley passed for 242 yards and four scores on the night.
“We came in really focused and were able to make some plays,” said Casa head coach Norm Ryan. ” With homecoming being tonight I thought the guys were focused on what we wanted to do.”
Golden Sierra’s best offensive series came late in the fourth quarter as it used an 11-play drive to move from its own 13 yard line deep into Rams territory before the drive stalled.
“That drive was our guys not quitting and playing till the whistle,” Hilton said. “Our nonleague schedule was tough, but we’re gonna take the two week to get ready for Vacaville Christian and get a chance to scout them next week.
Brian Cann led the Grizzlies with 69 yards rushing. Daniel Lesher added 22 yards and Dominic Chamberlain had 16.
“We knew tonight we were facing a team that was going to be a huge matchup for us. Physically they have guys faster than us and offensively theyre better than us right now. But I was proud of the effort and the guys kept fighting,” Hilton said.