Orion falls to Rockridge
Orion’s varsity football team celebrated senior night at its season opener on Saturday, March 20. Just in case.
Three Rivers rival Rockridge spoiled the celebration with a 26-6 win at Charger Field.
Taking the opening kick to the Charger 37, the Rockets needed a little over three minutes to put the first points on the board with a 1-yard pass from Brayden Deem to Nate Henry. The point-after kick failed.
The teams traded three-and-outs until Rockridge got a drive going at its own 40. Continuing into the second quarter, the drive finally produced a touchdown on another Deem-to-Henry pass from the six. Otto Fox’s kick was good for a 13-0 lead.
The teams again exchanged punts, until with 4:31 to go in the first half Orion started a drive at its own 33. On 2nd-and-2 from the 33, Braydi Mascari ripped off a 12-yard run to the 45. The run produced a first down.
Orion pushed the ball across the 50-yard line only to fumble the ball away.
Taking over with 2:22 to go, the Rockets drove to the Charger 9 but could not punch the ball in before halftime.
Orion had the ball first in the third quarter but had to punt. Rockridge’s first play ended with a fumble, which Orion’s Maddix Moninski recovered.
Four plays later, the Chargers turned the ball over on downs at the Rocket 42.
Rockridge drove 58 yards for its third touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Deem to Wyatt Rudsell. The kick failed, leaving the visitors with a 19-0 advantage midway through the third.
As the fourth quarter began, the Rockets needed only four plays for their fourth and final touchdown on a 13-yard run. The kick was good.
Rockridge’s next possession ended with a fumble, which Orion’s Jayson Johnson recovered at the Orion 42.
The third Charger quarterback of the day, Coby Schultz, completed an 11-yard pass to Quinn Hoftender for a first down at the Rocket 45.
A holding penalty put Orion in a 2nd-and-20 hole, but Schultz passed to Blayden Murdock for 12 yards. On fourth down, Rocket Jenson Whiteman picked off a pass.
The Chargers forced the Rockets to punt the ball. A short kick gave Orion possession at its own 47.
Mascari reeled off a 33-yard run to the Rockridge 16. Schultz picked up three yards to the 13, Mascari five yards to the 8 and Schultz four yards to the 4. Mascari pushed the ball into the end zone from there with 1:10 to go. The kick was blocked.