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2C Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 Bulletin, m By Dave Keller School's chances of winning a Staff Writer close game. Like so many times this Its 20-13 loss last week-to season, mistakes at critical Rio Vista's football team times sabotaged Quincy High marked the fourth time this season that the Trojans lost by 8 points or less. This time, a pair of second- half turnovers undermined File photo/Shannon Morrow { d y's Jason Kurl uweit the ball to senior mani back Mike Trojans lost a close game to Rio Vista in the first round of the playoffs last Friday night, 20-13. Kurpjuweit and Barton each received All-League selection Two and half minutes into ed to be, Ray said. 10-yard run with the third quarter, Quincy "My hat is off to them," Ray the third quarter. passer Jason Kurpjuweit was said. "They have a terrific The touchdoW intercepted by Rio Vista'steam." by an ll-yard Collin Turk. For all Rio Vista's ability to pjuweit to tightl On the next play, Rio Vista convert Quincy's errors, the Blust. quarterback Billy Rodriguez Rams struggled to punch the While Ray raced 2 yards to give his team ball into the end zone. pointed that a 14-7 lead. On five drives, including is over, he said be Then, about two minutes its first three of the game, Rio with into the fourth quarter, with Vista penetrated the Quincy The playoff Quincy threatening to take30-yard line and came awayQuincy's season' the lead, the Trojans fumbled empty, record. the ball away inside Rio Vis- Quincy scored first in theThe loss ta's 10-yard line. game. Runner Beau Blanton first time since Moments later, with Quin- raced 4 yards shortly before Trojans have cy in zone coverage, Re- halftime to give the Trojans a the CIF Norther " driguez tired a 53-yard touch- 7-0 lead. down pass to Dustin De- The touchdown was set up The 2001 LaRosa to give Rio Vista a 20- by runner Mike Barron's 35- least productive 13 lead. yard run. Quincy since "We had a great first half," Although Rio Vista used a went 5-5. said Quincy coach Jeff Ray, variety of offensive sets, en- From 1997 to "We did a good job runningabling Turk to piece 127 jans won 39 the ball." yards rushing, Quincy helding only six But, Ray explained, "little the Rams scoreless until the Barren, mistakes" hurt Quincy in He second half. Lancaster, Chri second half. That is when Ulysses Ar- Blanton and Ray said that Quincy's "in- barca scored on a 2-yard run were named to the experience" and "lack of to help make the score 8-7. to Valley depth" contributed to the Quincy scored its other Blust, BeattY loss. touchdown when halfback Ellingson earned At the same time, Rio Vista Darren Beatty darted around mentions. was impressive when it need- the left side of the line for a By Shamon Monow portunity with an incomplete S0orts Editor pass into the end zone, after Portola's football team was being at first and 10 on Etna's eliminated from the playoffs 22-yard line. last Friday night in a 32-8Joe Thomas provided Par- loss to third-seeded Etna. tola's only touchdown, when "We didn't play to the level he scrambled 70 yards into we did last week," said Porto- the end zone on a first-and.10 la coach Rick Bass. "We were play in the second quarter, a little flat." and then also scored the two- Leading 13-8 at the begin- point conversion. ning of the fourth quarter,Thomas totaled 159 yards Etna had a first and goal but on 22 carries, including the was unable to score due to one touchdown. Chris Wirta Portola's tough goal-line de- added 30 yards on 11 carries. fense. This allowed the Without firstostring quar- Tigers to take over on downs terback Jeremiah Marquette deep in their own territory, and backup quarterback but they mishandled a snap,Ryan Ward in the lineup, which Etna's Daniel Nelson Portola started sophomore recovered and carried in for quarterback Cody Wilkinson, a touchdown. This was the who was moved up from the only turnover of the game. junior varsity squad. Wilkin- Etna pulled away further son and Thomas shared quar- by throwing a 54-yard touch- terback duties throughout down and kicking a 28-yard the game. Portola completed field goal later, in the fourth only one pa'ss for a loss of quarter, yardage. "We had three quarters of Etna quarterback Rod good football," said Bass. Lampella completed eight of "The game went a lot like 10 passes for 109 yards, four this season has gone. We had of which were caught by a lot of chances that we Zach Lampella for 83 yards. couldn't grab hold of." Etna's Josh Langford rushed The Tigers began the sec- nine times for 88 yards, in- and half by engineering an cluding a 35-yard touchdown ll-play drive down to Etna's run. 30-yard line, but a clipping Defensively for Portola, penalty and a false start Don Whitebird and Kurtis penalty backed them up, andClark each played excellent they were forced to punt. games, and Robert Marshall Portola missed another op- and Nate Millet also did well, said Bass. Etna (8-2) advances to play East Nicolaus (7-3) in the quarterfinals this Friday night. East Nicolaus lost to Portola in the last game of the regular season, 29-22. The Tigers went into this season with high hopes be- cause they were returning with 10 seniors who won last year's Division V champi- onship. But numerous in- team and was selected as afrom the juries and the graduation of second-team defensive backtion. last season's team leader re- on the Northern Section "This was a sulted in Portola finishing team. He won a scholar-ath- but everybody with a 3-7 overall record, lete award with at least ainjuries and "The loss of Jake Pruitt 3.75. GPA, and totaled over the pain, when was a big loss," said Bass. 100 tackles. Pruitt was recog- said Bass. "It "He ran everything. His lead- nized as Portola's most inspi- guts to go out ership was irreplaceable." rational player, and won the 12 or 13 players. Last season. Pruitt was team's MVP award. 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