Mustang Foot­ball Earns Com­plete Sweep Of Kim­ball

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

The Oak­dale Mus­tangs var­sity foot­ball team played spoiler to the Kim­ball Jaguars’ Se­nior Night this past Friday, Oct. 20. Oak­dale (71, 5-0) went into Don Ni­chol­son Sta­dium in Tracy and blasted the Jaguars (1-7, 1-4) by a fi­nal score of 42-0.

The night be­gan on a rough note as Cameron Cherry fum­bled on the open­ing kick­off to set up Kim­ball deep in Oak­dale ter­ri­tory. The stingy Mustang de­fense, how­ever, went right to work and Kim­ball was soon faced with a fourth and one from the four. Kim­ball’s at­tempt to take ad­van­tage of the Mus­tangs mis­cue ended when they could not con­vert on the fourth down play. The Mus­tangs marched down the field 96 yards fol­low­ing the turnover on downs and scored on a Marc Dick­son to Cherry 15-yard catch and run with 7:16 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter. This would be the only score of the first quar­ter. Cherry’s night then came to an end via coach’s de­ci­sion and the Sec­tion’s lead­ing rusher’s night ended with 60 yards rush­ing on seven car­ries.

Cherry’s early de­par­ture led to an op­por­tu­nity for ju­nior Os­car Ramos in the back­field. Ramos car­ried the ball 15 times for 81 yards and scored two touch­downs. Both of Ramos’s touch­downs came in the sec­ond quar­ter, from six yards and one yard out, giv­ing Oak­dale a 21-0 ad­van­tage.

“It’s an honor to play for this team. So when you get the op­por­tu­nity to play you want to make the most of it,” Ramos said fol­low­ing the game. “This is a great group of guys and we all play as one. I think that’s what makes us so suc­cess­ful.”

In the third quar­ter Oak­dale scored two touch­downs to build their lead up to 35-0. With 4:10 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter, Bron­son Har­mon found the end zone on a six yard rush. Har­mon fin­ished the night with 10 car­ries for 54 yards and the score. Josh Ja­cob­son found the end zone on a one yard rush less than a minute later fol­low­ing a big punt re­turn from Zac Camp­bell. Ja­cob­son capped off his night with 114 yards on 20 car­ries.

The Mus­tangs’ fi­nal score of the evening came on a two yard rush­ing touch­down by CJ Toledo with 6:06 re­main­ing in the game. As im­pres­sive as the of­fense was, it was the de­fense that truly shined in the road win. Jace Krick’s first half in­ter­cep­tion set up one of Ramos’s touch­downs. Matt Kjeldgaard fin­ished the night with two sacks and a fum­ble re­cov­ery. Ju­nior Rodin also had a sack in the game as well. This was the first shutout for de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gar­rett Martin, who re­ceived the cer­e­mo­nial ice water cooler dumped on him by Makai Har­ris and oth­ers on the de­fense.

“There are no style points this time of year. It was a cold and windy night, and we were not as clean as I wanted. But I think the big take away from tonight was how well our de­fense played,” head coach Trent Mer­zon said. “This was the first shutout for Coach Gar­rett Martin as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. He did a great job pre­par­ing them.”

Ju­nior Var­sity

Oak­dale’s ju­nior var­sity de­feated the Jaguars on Friday night by a fi­nal of 34-21. Oak­dale led just 6-0 at the half but an ex­plo­sive 21-point third quar­ter lifted the team to vic­tory. Sopho­more Evan Waite pun­ished the Jaguars’ de­fense as the full­back rushed for 141 yards and three touch­downs on the night.

Fresh­men

Oak­dale’s fresh­man team made a state­ment in­side The Cor­ral as they de­feated Sut­ter 41-14 on Thurs­day night. The host team led 2714 at the half and shut out the vis­i­tors in the sec­ond half for the big league win.

Foot­ball Pre­view

Se­nior Night 2017 is this Friday night for the var­sity Mus­tangs. Oak­dale will honor their se­nior play­ers as well as their cheer­lead­ers. On the field, though, it will be all busi­ness. The Mus­tangs (7-1, 5-0) are host­ing the Lathrop Spar­tans (3-5, 2-3). Oak­dale has stayed the course in their quest to win the Val­ley Oak League and make a deep play­off push. The Spar­tans are rid­ing a tough two game skid, in­clud­ing a 42-6 home loss to Cen­tral Catholic. Kick­off is sched­uled for 7 p.m.

DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Gar­rett Martin’s de­fense for the var­sity Mus­tangs earned a shutout on the road this past Friday. The unit forced three turnovers, and ap­plied pres­sure to Kim­ball’s quar­ter­back through­out the night.

DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Full­back Evan Waite rushed for over 100 yards and scored three touch­downs in the ju­nior var­sity road win. Here, Waite wins the foot race to the goal line in the third quar­ter.

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