State-ranked No.4 Oaks Christian barreled into Loomis and looked the part of machine on Friday night.
The Lions of Ventura County were too quick and too opportunistic for Del Oro, rolling 40-0 in a Battle for Veterans showcase.
Oaks Christian scored on big plays such as Chris Davis' 69-yard run and a 55-yard fumble recovery by Cameron Judge.
Del Oro, coming off a 13-2 season and a CIF Bowl appearance, endured a frustrating half. The Golden Eagles dropped two second-quarter touchdown catches and missed two field goals, and it snowballed from there.
What's more, Del Oro lost quarterback Zach Lebar early with a foot injury and star tailback Brandon Monroe later with a leg injury. Their status for next week's game against Westlake is unknown. Monroe had 86 yards rushing in the first half for Del Oro, which trailed 21-0 heading into the third.
Westlake plays Granite Bay on Saturday in the Battle for Veterans capper at Del Oro. Westlake and Oaks Christian are league rivals with national reputations as powerhouse programs. Del Oro and Granite Bay are Sierra Foothill League rivals who will flip-flop foes next week in Southern California.
- By Joe Davidson
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