FOOT­BALL WRAP

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

Fri­day night the Oak­dale Mus­tangs spread the ball around both on the ground and in the air against vis­it­ing Man­teca. Oak­dale tossed the ball for nearly 200 yards in the air to de­feat Man­teca 36-15 in Val­ley Oak League var­sity foot­ball ac­tion.

Mus­tangs quar­ter­back Marc Dick­son fin­ished the game 10-for-21 for 190 yards and two touch­down passes in the home win. His fa­vorite tar­get was Hunter Fal­coni, who came up with eight catches for 148 yards and was on the re­ceiv­ing end of both of Dick­son’s touch­down passes.

“We have a great re­la­tion­ship. Tonight, he (Dick­son) put the ball right where I could have a chance at get­ting to the ball,” said Fal­coni. “That was our plan com­ing in, was to use the pass.”

Oak­dale showed its di­ver­sity and de­ter­mi­na­tion as they en­tered the sec­ond quar­ter down 8-0. The Mus­tangs tied the game on a Joshua Ja­cob­son one-yard rush and fol­lowed it up with a suc­cess­ful two-point con­ver­sion by Bron­son Har­mon with 10:38 re­main­ing in the first half. Ja­cob­son fin­ished with 21 car­ries for 104 yards. The touch­down was set up by a fourth and four con­ver­sion as Dick­son com­pleted a 21-yard pass to Jace Krick, who dragged his feet to keep them in bounds for the high­light reel catch.

Later in the half, Oak­dale gam­bled on fourth and one from their own 41 yard line, but Man­teca held, forc­ing the turnover. The Mus­tangs de­fense quickly got the ball back on a strip fum­ble by Matt Kjeldgaard and CJ Toledo re­cov­ered it. This set up a 22-yard touch­down pass to Fal­coni with 21 se­conds left in the half, giv­ing Oak­dale a 15-8 half­time lead.

The lone score of the third quar­ter came on a Dick­son keeper from one yard out with 4:48 left in the quar­ter giv­ing the Mus­tangs a 22-8 ad­van­tage head­ing into the fourth quar­ter. Just un­der three min­utes into the fi­nal quar­ter Dick­son con­nected with Fal­coni on the deep ball from 47 yards out to make it 29-8 with 9:01 left to play. Man­teca then scored on a five yard catch with 4:07 re­main­ing in the game to cut the deficit to 29-15. The fi­nal score of the night came on a Cameron Cherry 39-yard touch­down run with 1:59 left to play. Cherry fin­ished with 161 yards on the ground and one touch­down.

Oak­dale’s de­fense made a big im­pact in the game forc­ing five turnovers in the con­test and ap­plied pres­sure to Man­teca’s quar­ter­back Gino Campi­totti. On the de­fen­sive side it was Ju­nior Rodin, Bron­son Har­mon, Jace Krick, Matt Kjeldgaard, CJ Toledo, Corey Hi­no­josa and com­pany that gave the Buf­faloes a dif­fi­cult time.

“Any­time we can get to the quar­ter­back, es­pe­cially a mo­bile one like Campi­totti, it is a good night for us. We knew what we had to do on our end to keep things go­ing and that’s what we are go­ing to be do­ing mov­ing for­ward this sea­son,” Kjeldgaard said fol­low­ing the game.

With the win Oak­dale im­proved to 5-1 on the sea­son, and 3-0 in the Val­ley Oak League. Fri­day night the Mus­tangs host Sierra (2-4, 1-2) for Home­com­ing 2017. Kick­off is sched­uled for 7 p.m.

Ju­nior Var­sity

Fol­low­ing their no con­test for­feit win against We­ston Ranch, the Colts stepped foot on the field for the first time in two weeks. Oak­dale hosted Man­teca on Fri­day night, but came up on the wrong side of a 36-14 score. Oak­dale trailed 14-0 at the half, but cut the lead down to 14-7 on an Evan Waite two-yard touch­down with 7:38 re­main­ing in the third. How­ever, Man­teca would then an­swer with three straight touch­downs to build a 36-7 ad­van­tage with 5:49 re­main­ing in the game. Waite scored his sec­ond touch­down of the night on a two-yard rush with 4:03 left to play. Waite fin­ished the night with 154 yards on the ground to go with those two touch­downs. Oak­dale looks to re­group from the loss when they host Sierra this Fri­day night. Kick­off is sched­uled for 5 p.m.

Fresh­men

The wins just keep com­ing for the young Mus­tang Ponies. Oak­dale knocked off Man­teca 47-26 in a shootout at Man­teca High School on Thurs­day night. This Thurs­day night the fresh­man boys head to Sierra High School to face the Tim­ber­wolves. Kick­off is sched­uled for 6 p.m.

OAK­DALE LEADER PHOTOS BY DEN­NIS D. CRUZ

Just be­fore kick­off of the var­sity game, se­nior mem­bers of the OHS band were hon­ored for Se­nior Night 2017. Shown is Ally Costa, cen­ter, along with Paul and Es­mer­alda Costa.

Wrap­ping up the Man­teca run­ner is Trevor Smith for the Mus­tang ju­nior var­sity team.

The Oak­dale var­sity cheer­lead­ers en­ter­tained the large au­di­ence on hand dur­ing Fri­day night’s Val­ley Oak League con­test be­tween Oak­dale and Man­teca.

Cameron Cherry de­liv­ers the stiff arm to the Man­teca de­fender while on his way down field. Cherry rushed for 161 yards and scored a touch­down for Oak­dale.

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