Oak Ridge 16, Rocklin 7 — In Friday’s non-league game, Oak Ridge quarterback Jason Samuels completed 12 of 21 passes for 141 yards and running back Blake Martin had four carries for 38 yards that helped pave the way toward the Trojans’ second consecutive victory of the season.
But the big play for the Trojans (2-0) in the first quarter when Trojans junior linebacker Thomas Mahlman intercepted a Thunder pass and returned it 24-yards for a touchdown. The Trojans’ other touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Samuels hit wide receiver Jacob Sipes for a 38-yard touchdown. Ryan Lamb booted both extra-points for Oak Ridge (2-0).
In the third quarter, Oak Ridge scored when Rocklin overshot a punt snap that went into the Trojans’ end zone for a safety.
Oak Ridge wide receiver Byron Spain had four receptions for 50 yards.
Bear River 35, Union Mine 8 — The lone Diamondback touchdown in Friday’s game at Lake of the Pines came in the third quarter when running back Jake Horn scored on a 4-yard run. Then Diamondbacks quarterback Scott McIntyre hit running back Tyler Parker for the 2-point conversion to cut the Bruins’ lead to 28-8. But Bear River scored its last touchdown later in the quarter.
Horn, a junior, carried the ball 25 times for 128 yards.
“We moved the ball well,” Union Mine head coach Dave Johnson said. “Jake played both ways and did a good job for us.”
For a second consecutive game, Union Mine was without the services of running back Sean Tow, a senior who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards each of the last two seasons. Healing from a hamstring injury last month, Johnson said Tow warmed up prior to the game but the decision was made to keep him out for against the Bruins.
“We want to make sure he’s healthy,” Johnson said. “it’s just killing him not to play.”
After losing to El Camino in its season opener, 49-0, Union Mine played much better against Bear River, Johnson said. Parker was a double threat in carrying and catching the ball for the D’backs; he had four carries for 40 yards and hauled in four receptions for 35 yards.
“We have guys stepping up,” Johnson said. “They are coming around a little bit. We’re trying to get better each week.”