Houston's scoop and score leads Woodcreek to 34-7 win over Casa RobleBy: Garrett Phillpott■of the Roseville Press Tribune
ORANGEVALE — In hostile territory for their second game of the 2014 football season, Woodcreek High saw its best run of the game happen on the defensive side of the ball Friday night.
Timberwolves junior linebacker Mitchell Houston scooped up a fumble with 4 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter and rumbled 40-yards to a touchdown for the finishing touch on a 34-7 blowout of host Casa Roble.
After intercepting quarterback Isaiah Harborth on the Timberwolves opening drive, the Rams were the first to put points up on the scoreboard.
Trent Mattson found receiver Brenden Mccarthy for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Rams ahead early in the first quarter.
The lead did not last for long. After the Timberwolves received the ensuing kickoff, they put together a steady drive that resulted in a touchdown run by junior running back, Anthony Mahr.
The Timberwolves struck again from 19 yards out when Mahr trotted into the end zone for his second score of the game, which put the Timberwolves up 13-7 with 9:11 to play in the first half.
Senior cornerback Lenny Nelson of Woodcreek High stepped in and came down with an interception to close the half.
In the third quarter, Woodcreek wasted no time in getting things going. With 10:10 to play in the third quarter, Harborth connected with senior wide receiver Malcolm Thomas for a 58 yard touchdown score to boost the Timberwolves lead to 20-7. After a Rams punt, the same connection was back in business.
Harborth connected with Thomas yet again for a 46-yard touchdown, pushing the Timberwolves into the drivers’ seat with a 27-7 lead.
Casa Roble’s comeback attempts were foiled when senior running back Gabriel Alvarado tried to avoid the swarm of the Timberwolves defense but allowed the ball to be punched from his hands. A roar from the Black Mob student cheering section followed Houston’s dramatic scoop-and-score.
“Our defense did really good tonight,” Woodcreek senior linebacker Jared Rice said. “Holding them to seven points was really good for us. Our strong suit of the team is defense, but our offense has a lot of talent as well.”
Woodcreek coach Jason Stowers was pleased with his teams’ performance.
“I felt that Lenny Nelson had a really good game,” Stowers said. “He got after it early for us.
“Our offensive line played really well tonight, but we still need to clean some things up. Our lineman Maurice Dominguez and Jordan Williamson both had great games.”
Woodcreek (2-0) is at cross-town Oakmont (1-0) next Friday to continue preseason play. The Vikings won 38-0 in their season opener against Foothill.
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