(CAM MEDRANO / EYE OF THE TIGER)
The varsity football team has started off the 2018 season hot, finishing preseason with a record of 2-2. In those games, Roseville outscored Bear Creek and Oakmont, yet fell to Rio Americano and Rio Linda leading to a combined total of 115 points scored, and 139 against to end preseason.
After coming off of last season only having one win against Bella Vista, the Tigers looked towards a better record this year. The Tigers will play Bella Vista and Antelope just as they did last year, but will also face River Valley, Inderkum, Woodcreek and Yuba City.
Roseville’s offense was strong this preseason, with nine total rushing touchdowns in four games. Along with their rushing game, the Tigers have completed six receiving touchdowns.
To complement the Tigers offense, the team held their own on defense, led by senior captain Jordan Susbilla, the middle linebacker who had 28 tackles in the preseason. The defense also relies on the strong junior presence, with three interceptions made by junior safety Ethan Cunningham and two defensive touchdowns by Williams.
In the first preseason game of the season, the Tigers traveled to Break Creek. In this matchup, Roseville managed to outscore Bear Creek, finishing the game 52-46. The Tigers rushing game prevailed, led by Shima who scored three touchdowns with 178 total rushing yards.
In the second preseason game, the Tigers faced the Oakmont Vikings at home, where both defense and offense prevailed. With 165 total yards by senior quarterback Alex Nicholas and 100 by Shima, the Tigers were able to score two rushing touchdowns.
Combined with defense, which included an outstanding performance by seniors Jackson Esparza and Jordan Susbilla, the Tigers outscored the Vikings by 14 points. With strong play throughout the game, junior Tyler Rohwer found the team’s rushing game was the most successful.
“Our running game was really solid against Oakmont,” Rohwer said. “Because we were all able to complete our responsibilities well, we were able to successfully score.”
For the third preseason game, the Tigers suffered a loss to the Rio Americano Raiders. Despite falling short of a win, Shima found himself once again dominating, with 171 rushing yards. The Tigers may have had a total of 376 total yards, yet combined with four turnovers, it wasn’t enough to hold off against the Raiders predominant offense.
In the last preseason game, the Tigers traveled to Rio Linda High School, where they lost 64-25 to the Knights. The team held their own in the first quarter, finishing it 7-7, yet by the end of the first half they were down 28-13. Junior Jackson Shedd’s stats stood out, with 64 rushing yards and 72 receiving yards. Shedd felt the team was unprepared and began to play worse as the opposition began to do better.
“We just didn’t come out as ready as we should have been,” Shedd said. “Once they scored to start off the second half we kind of just fell apart and definitely didn’t play to our full potential.”
Stats and team records as of last Friday afternoon. List compiled by Brayden Dotoli and Braden Holcomb.