Joe Davidson

Prep football notes: Suspensions leave Oakmont short-handed for game against Whitney

Oakmont High School will be short-handed tonight at Whitney in a Capital Valley Conference game after 12 Vikings were suspended this week.

Those suspensions, and two of junior varsity players, came after an investigation following one player’s citation for possession of marijuana, principal Rob Hasty confirmed Thursday.

The suspensions, ranging from one game to the remainder of the season, are for violating training rules and team policy, Hasty said.

Senior cornerback Marcus Britter, who was suspended for the season’s final four games, was cited last Friday by the Roseville Police Department for possession of marijuana on the Roseville campus. Hasty said a school investigation found that other Oakmont players were involved, though no other athletes were cited.

Hasty said seven players have appealed their suspension. In meeting with the teams, Hasty stressed accountability and how the teams and players could learn from the experience in a trying season that includes a 1-5 varsity record.

“It’s disappointing, and kids made mistakes,” Hasty said of the suspensions. “There’s a teachable moment here. We love and care about these kids, but they need to face these consequences, and we want them back in our school system.”

Hasty said he takes the suspensions personally and understands the high-profile nature of football on campus and in the community.

“People may think we go home as administrators and high-five our wives and say, ‘Ha! We suspended kids!’” Hasty said. “We do the opposite. This is hard. Each of the 1,800 kids on this campus are like my kids. We care about them. The kids who owned up to their mistake, who take responsibility, my hat’s off to them. The others? We hope they learn.”

Oakmont football coach and alumnus Tim Moore said he could not comment on the suspended players.

“The boys that I am coaching are focused and committed to each other and the program,” Moore said.

New QB leader – No. 3 Rocklin will start Will Floyd at quarterback at No. 13 Woodcreek tonight in a Sierra Foothill League game, one week after he replaced Max O’Rourke. After O’Rourke broke his leg, Floyd calmly led a late game-winning drive, passing to Wesley Preece for a touchdown in an 18-15 victory over then-No. 7 Del Oro.

O’Rourke, released from the hospital Tuesday, said he will try to attend the game, “using a mix of crutches and a wheelchair.”

He’s also a fan of Floyd.

“I’m confident Will will be fine,” said O’Rourke, who passed for 1,429 yards and 14 touchdowns with one interception this season. “He’s had a lot of experience, and he’s played in multiple games. Seeing him rise to the occasion last week gives me the confidence I need for him to lead this family we call a team.”

Union Mine forfeits – Union Mine had to forfeit nonleague victories over Foothill ( 48-0) and Calaveras ( 50-14) because of an ineligible player. Union Mine principal Tony DeVille said a transfer didn’t change his residence, as required by the CIF; otherwise, transfers must sit out 30 days. The Diamondbacks go from 4-2 to 2-4 after finishing 1-9 last season.

Rankings update – Folsom and Grant – ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, by The Bee – are rated fourth and 10th in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. Teams on the Cal-Hi State Top 25 bubble include Rocklin, Jesuit, Elk Grove, Granite Bay and Del Oro, all ranked in the top 10 by The Bee.

Fancy passers– Caden Voges of Sacramento is second in the area in passing yards (2,128) and touchdown passes (25) behind Folsom’s Jake Browning (2,624and 43).

▪ Nick Bonniksen of El Dorado (6-0) has passed for 18 touchdowns with two interceptions.

▪ Unique Perez of Cordova (6-0) has thrown for 15 touchdowns with one interception.

▪ Donovan Brown of Grant (6-0) has passed for 17 touchdown passes with three interceptions.

▪ Jacob Norville of Capital Christian (6-0) has thrown for 12 touchdowns with one interception.

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