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Sutter rolls to victory
Quarterback John Garcia threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, sparking the Sutter High football team to a 49-14 win over North Valley High of Grants Pass., Ore., in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
The Huskies (4-1) led, 20-6, at the half.
"They got most of their yards in the second quarter, but not much after that," Sutter coach Scott Turner said, noting the Huskies defense pretty much shut the Knights out in the second half.
Sutter forced a fumble on the Knights' first drive in the second half, sacking the quarterback. There was a huge pile as several Huskies dove for the ball, Turner noted.
Kyle Morehead caught two Garcia passes for touchdowns, scampering 65 and 55 yards to paydirt. Craig Smith caught the other touchdown pass, which covered 20 yards.
Rowdy Robinson scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, both of which were less than 10 yards. Grant Campbell also scored a rushing TD from 15 yards out late in the game.
Dane Turner keyed the Huskies' ground attack, gaining 125 yards on nine carries.
Sutter now has a week off to prepare for its Butte View League opener Oct. 10 at home against Gridley.
"We need it," Turner said. "We've played a pretty demanding preseason schedule, including games in Texas and Oregon.
"We're a little bit tired," he continued. "Or at least the coaches are."
The Huskies also are a little banged up and some players need the rest.
Zack Prosser remains sidelined with a separated shoulder suffered in the Central Catholic game a week ago while C.J. Sanchez broke an arm in practice last week. Both are key defensive players.
The defending BVL and Northern Section Div. II champions enter league play with the one blemish on its record — a 30-28 loss to Central Catholic, a perennial powerhouse in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Sutter trailed at one point, 21-0, before losing on a field goal in the waning moments.
"I really think the loss helps us," Turner said. "It helps with our kids' mental toughness. They now know they can play with anybody."