ROSEVILLE - The Roseville Tigers will be in search of redemption after losing control of their Week Zero game late in the fourth, losing to Chico 31-28 in the final minute.
Head coach Larry Cunha is hoping the mistakes made late in that game, leading to Chico's victory will be a learning experience and something for his team to build off of.
"You learn a lot about yourself when things don't go your way," said Cunha, the Sac-Joaquin Section's second-longest tenured coach. "So, we're learning a little bit about character and our make-up and that's good for us in the long run."
The opportunity for redemption will come in News10's Game of the Week, when the Tigers head to Rio Linda High School to face one of the area's top running backs in Marcel Brown, and his Knights.
Last season, Brown did not play in the matchup between Roseville and Rio Linda, where the Tigers came out on top, after a blocked field goal was returned for a touchdown. This happened after a scare halted the game, when a Roseville teacher suffered a pace maker failure in the press box. Following a delay in the game, the Tigers kept a level head and found a way to earn their toughest victory of the season 22-14.
Fortunately, the teacher who suffered the heart attack would make a full recovery.
The Tigers are spending much of this week trying to focus on a way to slow down Brown as an offensive threat, but even Cunha admits, that task is unrealistic.
News10 dropped by Tuesday's practice with the Roseville Tigers, who are preparing for the area's top rusher - Marcel Brown and his Rio Linda Knights. The Tigers edged the Knights last season and they feel they are ready for Friday's challenge. News10/KXTV
"I hope we're ready for the challenge," Cunha said. "For us, it'll be a challenge to try and keep him contained. We're not going to stop him; he's going to get his yards, but our job is to make him earn those yards."
The Tigers have made the jump into a new league this season, competing with Antelope, Bella Vista, Cosumnes Oaks, Del Campo, Oakmont, Ponderosa and Whitney, in the Capital Valley Conference. They'll leave behind one of the toughest league's in the state - the Sierra Foothill League.
Third-year varsity starters Bryce Crouch and Kyle Powers are two players to keep an eye on this season. Crouch will be the main running back threat leading the Tigers offense and will double as a defensive back as well.
Powers is an offensive and defensive lineman ready to make an impact and captain the players in the trenches. He said the running game is among their biggest strengths this season, and he's excited for their opportunity.
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Longtime Roseville Tigers head football coach Larry Cunha talks about his team this season, a humbling loss to Chico, the identity of his team, expectations from the community and facing Marcel Brown and his Rio Linda Knights on Friday. News10/KXTV