Var­sity Mus­tangs Lasso Foot­ball Road Win Over Lancers

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS - By DEN­NIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oak­dale­leader.com

It was as if the var­sity Oak­dale Mus­tangs never missed a beat this off­sea­son. The de­fend­ing state cham­pi­ons opened up the reg­u­lar sea­son cam­paign with a con­vinc­ing 42-6 road win over East Union on Fri­day night. Oak­dale scored 35 unan­swered points in the first half to help pave the way to a 1-0 start in the Val­ley Oak League.

The Mus­tangs used the run­ning game be­hind their bru­tal front line to pull away from the home team. Mid­way through the first quar­ter full­back Josh Jacobson rushed up the mid­dle to score the first points of the game on a one yard score, with the point af­ter at­tempt good, to make it 7-0. Less than five min­utes later Jacobson cashed in on a two yard rush­ing touch­down, kick good, to make it 14-0.

In what is a true run­ning back by com­mit­tee for Oak­dale, Bron­son Har­mon scored from six yards out to the right side with 10:33 re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter to give Oak­dale a 21-0 ad­van­tage. Start­ing run­ning back Cameron Cherry picked up where he left off dur­ing an im­pres­sive pre­sea­son and scored three touch­downs and rushed for 83 yards on 15 car­ries. Two of his touch­downs came in the sec­ond quar­ter from four yards and then a two yard score with 2:05 re­main­ing in the half. The point af­ter at­tempts were good on all touch­downs to give Oak­dale a 35-0 half­time lead.

The Mus­tangs marched down the field to start the sec­ond half and scored on a one yard touch­down by Cherry to go up 42-0 with 9:57 left in the third. It would be the last pos­ses­sion for the start­ing unit for the Mus­tangs as head coach Trent Mer­zon called upon the sec­ond and third unit to play the rest of the game.

“I like what I saw from everyone tonight. The sec­ond and third guys came in and played well,” Mer­zon said. “This was a good op­por­tu­nity to see what th­ese ju­niors bring to the pro­gram.”

Oak­dale’s de­fense slowed down the high scor­ing Lancers at Dino Cu­nial Field. En­ter­ing the game the Lancers scored a league high 136 points in three games. Led by Zac Camp­bell, Matt Kjeldgaard, Jace Krick and a cast of oth­ers, Oak­dale ap­plied pres­sure to the Lancers. Camp­bell fin­ished the game with a big fum­ble re­cov­ery in the first half, a stop on fourth and two and de­liv­ered big hits through­out the night.

“It was a team ef­fort tonight. It’s about do­ing your job and ex­e­cu­tion. Tonight everyone did that,” Camp­bell said.

His big night, how­ever, did not start the way he or any­one on the vis­i­tor side­line had hoped as he fum­bled on a punt re­turn set­ting up the Lancers in Oak­dale ter­ri­tory. How­ever, three plays later, Camp­bell blitzed quar­ter­back Joseph Espinosa on fourth-and-two, forc­ing him to throw the ball away.

The Mus­tangs (3-1, 1-0) will con­tinue to play on the road with a visit to We­ston Ranch (1-3, 0-1) this Fri­day night. Kick­off is sched­uled for 7 p.m. fol­low­ing the ju­nior var­sity game.

DEN­NIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Lung­ing to­ward the goal line was Bron­son Har­mon. His ef­forts on this play al­lowed him to stretch the ball past the goal line be­fore his knee hit for the score.

DEN­NIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Oak­dale’s de­fense was more than East Union could han­dle on Fri­day night. Shown is Matt Kjeldgaard cel­e­brat­ing on his way to side­lines fol­low­ing a Lancer turnover on downs.

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