A yearlong Oakdale High gridiron effort that started with early morning workouts just a few days after last year's section finals defeat continued with 14 straight Friday night football games this fall.
Oakdale High football supporter Steve Gokey had a front row seat to Oakdale's 13-win football season and wore his emotions on his sleeves during the team's loss to Del Oro in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Friday. For more information on Gokey, his last year on the Mustang sidelines and Oakdale's section championship game, see the Dec. 7 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
Senior running back and linebacker Marcus Hernandez has been stellar all season, and led Oakdale to a 49-7 win over Vista del Lago on Nov. 18 in the quarterfinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
After being scorned by Marcus Hernandez touchdowns on three occasions, Casa Roble High defenders crashed the line of scrimmage as he approached in search of another stop of the Oakdale running back with just over two minutes to play.
We've heard the "one game at a time" cliché all year long from Oakdale High football players and coaches, but 13 weeks into the season the Mustangs have finally admitted their true intentions.
The path to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship football game at Sacramento State University goes through The Corral at Oakdale High.
The only thing that runs more than Oakdale High's varsity football team is its own fourth quarter clock.
The three-letter chant echoed across Dunleavy Field and nestled harmoniously in the ears of 11 active Oakdale High players and another 32 strewn about the visiting sidelines.
A man quietly approached the post-game huddle of Oakdale High football players and coaches on Friday with two small sons just tall enough to reach his knees.
Oakdale High's varsity football team overcame a quiet first quarter with a balanced offensive attack on Friday to put the finishing touches on a complete program sweep of Weston Ranch. Between varsity, junior varsity and freshman scores, the Mustangs outscored the Cougars by a collective 135-36 score.
Oakdale High's varsity football team followed up convincing lower level victories with a rout of host East Union on Friday for a three-game sweep of the Lancers in Valley Oak league action.
Far from perfect.
If a football-shaped UFO had landed at Don Nicholson Stadium during Oakdale High's 44-14 win over host Kimball, it wouldn't have made Friday night's Valley Oak League varsity football game any more bizarre. Oakdale was flagged for 16 of 28 total penalties, had trouble with a trash-talking chain-gang, listened to unruly shouts from the Mustang cheering section, watched a Kimball player get ejected for punching, forced the Jaguars to kick off from their own five-yard line and allowed consecutive delay of game calls on fourth down in the final quarter in an attempt to expire the running ...
For 12 minutes, the Friday showdown between Oakdale and Sierra High varsity football teams was shaping into the high-scoring slugfest it was billed to be.
Oakdale needed a big performance last week from senior fullback Marcus Hernandez in a showdown at Aptos, and they got one. Hernandez ran for three first half touchdowns and exploded for a kick off return score in the second half to lead the Mustangs to a 55-21 non-league victory over a quality Central Coast Section program.