Del Campo's Austin Brown (43) finds running room in the Cougars 21-20 win over Rocklin. Brown had all three of Del Campo's touchdowns in the game as the Cougars improved to 2-2 on the year. Photo by Joe Blenkle





By Joe Blenkle - Sacramento Sports News

    FAIR OAKS, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2012) - The Del Campo Cougars evened their record at 2-2 with a come from behind 21-20 victory over the visiting Rocklin Thunder on Friday at Del Campo High School.

    Del Campo went up 7-0 in the opening quarter after the two teams exchanged possessions. The Cougars started on offense from their own 34, but coughed the ball up after only two plays on a fumble by Romeo Lopez.

    Rocklin recovered on the 43-yard-line, but the Del Campo defense held the Thunder to only four yards offense on their first series and Rocklin was forced to punt on a 4th-and-6.

    Del Campo's offense then took over as the Cougars drove 91 yards for a touchdown and 7-0 lead. Del Campo used 13 plays, finally landing on Rocklin's 1-yard-line on a short carry by running back Austin Brown. Brown then took the ball in on the next play for the touchdown and Eugene Panasyuk's extra point kick gave Del Campo the lead with 3:18 left in the opening quarter.

    Rocklin finally scored early in the second quarter after starting a drive from their own 39. Using a combination of runs by Raymon Kendall and Kevin Whalen and a couple of big passes from quarterback Logan Webb to Dominic Giampaoli and Cory Burmester, the Thunder landed on Del Campo's 10-yard-line. Three plays later Webb connected with Spencer Gregg on a 10-yard pass play for the score with 9:36 showing on the clock in the second quarter.

    In a play that would loom large later, Rocklin missed the extra point kick leaving Del Campo in the lead by a score of 7-6.

    Not to be outdone, the Cougars came back for a touchdown of their own as Del Campo started their next series from its own 29-yard-line.

    Del Campo moved to the Thunder 35-yard-line and then quarterback Derek Rodigo connected with Cam Purcell on a 32-yard pass play to move the ball to the Rocklin 3-yard-line. Brown then took the ball in for his second touchdown of the night with 4:47 left in the second quarter.

    Panasyuk's PAT attempt was good and Del Campo owned a 14-6 lead.

    Neither team moved the ball on their next possession and after a five-play drive by Rocklin and an equal number of snaps by the Cougars, Del Campo let the final few seconds run off the clock content with its 14-6 advantage.

    The Thunder came back with a pair of touchdowns in the second half to take a 21-14 lead over the No. 14-ranked Cougars. Both scores came in the third quarter as Brown scored from three yards out and Burmester connected with Webb on a 12-yard pass play. Both extra point kicks by Max O'Rourke found the uprights to give Rocklin the lead.

    But Del Campo didn't give up -- giving their fans a nail-biter of a finish.

    Rocklin's missed PAT in the second quarter came back to haunt them, as Del Campo drove down the field late in the fourth quarter to score on a 4-yard run by Brown with only six seconds left on the clock to tie the score at 20-20. Unlike Rocklin, however, the Cougars converted the extra point as Panasyuk nailed the kick to give Del Campo the 21-20 victory.

    The loss dropped Rocklin's record to 1-3.

    Next week, Del Campo visits Cordova on Friday, Sept. 21, and the Thunder host Inderkum. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m. starts.

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