Oak­dale Foot­ball Falls To Mitty In NorCal Honor Bowl

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In the 2018 NorCal Honor Bowl, the Oak­dale var­sity foot­ball Mus­tangs trav­eled to San Jose to take on Arch­bishop Mitty. The game took place Satur­day af­ter­noon, Aug. 25 and saw the host Mon­archs reign in the Mus­tangs, 42-14.

Arch­bishop Mitty, which plays in the West Catholic League and the Cen­tral Coast Sec­tion, jumped on Oak­dale early as quar­ter­back Shamir Bey hooked up with An­drew Dean with 7:43 left in the first quar­ter to go up 6-0. The Mon­archs took a 13-0 ad­van­tage when Bey con­nected with speedy re­ceiver R.J. DuPree for a 75 yard touch­down with 3:51 left in the first. Arch­bishop struck twice in the sec­ond quar­ter, in­clud­ing a Bey 30-yard keeper to go up 19-0 with 7:15 left in the half. The fi­nal touch­down came with less than 10 sec­onds re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter fol­low­ing an Oak­dale fum­ble, re­sult­ing in a 26-0 half­time deficit for the Mus­tangs.

The Mus­tangs re­grouped to start the sec­ond half as Leo Ayala scored from six yards out mid­way through the third quar­ter to trim the deficit to 26-7. Mitty an­swered with a score of their own late in third quar­ter to go up 33-7. Bey tossed his third touch­down pass of the night when he con­nected with James Thomas from 28 yards out to go up 40-7. Oak­dale’s fi­nal score of the night came on a rush from Max Moore from short dis­tance to make it 40-14.

“It was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Mus­tangs head coach Trent Mer­zon of the road loss.

Oak­dale will con­tinue to rack up the trav­el­ing miles when the team heads to Merced Ju­nior Col­lege this Fri­day night when they take on El Cap­i­tan. The Gau­chos are 0-2 to start the sea­son and have al­lowed 94 points against them, in­clud­ing a 46-6 road loss to Golden West this past Fri­day night. Oak­dale looks to get back on track and turn things around and get back to their style of foot­ball. The road game is sched­uled for a 7 p.m. kick­off time.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

The ju­nior var­sity Colts took on Arch­bishop Mitty on Fri­day night, Aug. 24. Oak­dale re­mained com­pet­i­tive but the Mon­archs walked off the field 21-14 win­ners. The Colts struck first when Ry­lan Kerr scored on the first drive of the game, but the Mon­archs tied the game on a pick­six. The Mon­archs scored 21 unan­swered points to go up 21-7. Kerr scored again for Oak­dale in the third quar­ter to bring the Colts within a score. Kerr fin­ished the day with over 100 rush­ing yards and two touch­downs. Late in the fourth Oak­dale was in the red zone and looked to tie the game. How­ever, the Mon­archs de­fense stuffed Oak­dale in­side the five-yard line on fourth and goal to es­sen­tially end the game.

“I thought it was a good trip for us,” said Oak­dale head coach Matt Mi­randa. “It was good to get the kids out there to see some­one from an­other sec­tion. I think our kids will learn from this ex­pe­ri­ence and will con­tinue to grind to get bet­ter as we get close to league.”

This Fri­day night, Oak­dale trav­els to Merced to take on El Cap­i­tan. Kick­off is sched­uled for 5 p.m. at Merced Ju­nior Col­lege.

FRESH­MEN

Oak­dale’s youngest gridiron boys had the week off and re­turn to ac­tion this Thurs­day. Oak­dale will host El Cap­i­tan on Thurs­day night, Aug. 30 with kick­off sched­uled for 6 p.m.

DEN­NIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Win or lose, the postgame rou­tine for the var­sity foot­ball Mus­tangs al­ways in­cludes a brief talk from head coach Trent Mer­zon in the hud­dle.

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