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Sutter shuts out Twelve Bridges after even first quarter

Oct 15, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Shaun Holkko, sports editor

Sutter senior running back Luke Miller dives into the end zone during a 42-14 win at Twelve Bridges on Friday, October 14 in Lincoln. Photo by Christopher Pedigo

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LINCOLN, CA (MPG) – Sutter and Twelve Bridges matched up Friday night in Lincoln for a highly-anticipated Pioneer Valley League (PVL) contest between two teams that were undefeated in league play coming in.

After the first 12 minutes of action, the Huskies (9-0, 5-0 PVL) and Raging Rhinos (6-2, 3-1 PVL) were knotted at 14. However, Sutter shut out Twelve Bridges over the next three quarters to earn the lopsided victory.

Twelve Bridges scored first on Friday with a pick-six, as junior defensive back Jacob Baxley intercepted Sutter junior quarterback Jagger Beck and returned it 35-yards to the end zone with five minutes to go in the opening quarter. The Huskies responded quickly, scoring a rushing touchdown nearly two minutes later.

The deadly Sutter rushing attack kept it going, scoring another touchdown on the ground about a minute after tying the game. The Raging Rhinos evened the score with under a minute to play in the first period, as junior quarterback Whit Kruse connected with junior wide receiver Anthony Gallagher for the 27-yard touchdown strike.

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Over the next 36 minutes, Twelve Bridges was outscored 28-0 by the Huskies who ultimately won 42-14 to remain undefeated.

Sutter was led to the win by two senior running backs, Luke Miller and Robbie Faupula. The dynamic duo combined for 419 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.

Miller racked up a game-high 238 yards and three scores on 21 carries via the ground, plus one reception for 10 yards and a touchdown through the air. Faupula tallied 21 rushes for 171 yards and a score.

Beck scored the Huskies’ other rushing touchdown. With his arm, Beck finished 1-of-3 for 10 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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Defensively, senior inside linebacker Joseph Martinez had a dominant performance, recording a game-high 16 total tackles with eight of them being solo. Sutter had four other players who racked up at least seven tackles as well.

Two senior outside linebackers tallied the Huskies’ three sacks, as Joey Bicknell had two and Dylan Humes had one. Senior Jeffrey Azevedo hauled in Sutter’s lone interception.

The Huskies return home Thursday for their final regular season game of 2022 and Senior Night. Sutter will play winless Wheatland (0-8, 0-4 PVL) with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 p.m.