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Lancers allow 570 rushing yards in blowout defeat to Sonora

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Lancers allow 570 rushing yards in blowout defeat to Sonora

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POSTED October 31, 2009 2:24 a.m.
East Union High football coach Mike James knew his team could ill afford to make any mistakes against the likes of Valley Oak League power Sonora.

“A good team like that will make you pay every time,” he said.

That’s exactly what the Wildcats did Friday at Dino Cunial Field.

Behind an efficient attack, Sonora amassed 570 yards in total offense in the 55-14 victory while remaining comfortably in playoff contention.

But East Union didn’t go down with at least a fight.

The Lancers, in fact, had a chance at an early lead, falling shy of a 31-yard field goal try during their very first possession.

From there, the Wildcats reeled off a big play – one of many on this night – with Dan Link, one of the league’s premier runners, picking 45 yards to set up Ryan Emerald’s nifty 20-yard touchdown run.

Emerald also booted the extra point to give the Wildcats an early 7-0 advantage.

The Lancers struck back on their next possession. Quarterback Teejay Gordon connected with T.J. Brown, who quickly turned the short pass into a 77-yard scoring play. Delon McGuire’s PAT kick tied the game at 7-7.

East Union (1-4, 3-5) had a tough time trying to stop Sonora’s stable of runners. Brendon Kamler, for one, got into the act by scoring on a 19-yard dash to help the Wildcats pull away.

Sonora made it 20-7 as Brandon Mierop hauled in a 71-yard pass from Emerald.

The Wildcats didn’t let up in the second quarter.

Link, who had a game-high 165 yards on seven carries, scored on a 65-yard run, slipping and eluding several tacklers in the process.
Vince Lee took advantage of blown coverage, going uncovered on the 26-yard touchdown strike from Emerald.

Kamler’s 20-yard run midway through the second quarter made it a 41-7 affair.

Sonora (4-0, 7-1), following Link’s 4-yard run, came into the intermission with a sizeable 48-7 advantage.

The Wildcats added some finishing touches in the third quarter, scoring on a 1-yard plunge by backup quarterback Nick Degiobbi.

East Union displayed pride late in the game. Dennis Brown came in at quarterback to engineer the drive made possible when Jose Manzano recovered a fumble.

He was helped out by a pass interference penalty on a ball thrown to T.J. Brown. After a short toss to Jared Carden, Dennis Brown then found Ricky Inderbitzin on the 12-yard touchdown pass.

“It was good to see Dennis come back and lead the guys on that last drive,” said James.

The game also marked the last home game for the seniors on his squad.

“They’ve been fantastic,” added James. “Win or lose, they’ve shown great dedication.”
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