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Oakdale Rallies Late To Beat Manteca

After pummeling their last three opponents by a combined 167-34 advantage, Oakdale High's varsity football team seemed hungry for a challenge heading into Friday's home contest against Valley Oak League contender, Manteca.They got the challenge - and they still got the win.Oakdale rallied from a 23-21 deficit in the fourth quarter with two impressive offensive drives to take the lead and seal a 35-23 win over Manteca at The Corral. The win was part of a Thursday to Saturday Oakdale sweep of Manteca, from the freshmen on Thursday to the JV and varsity on Friday, to four ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Oakdale Smashes Weston Ranch, 56-14

"It's all next week fellas."Those were the words from Oakdale High head football coach Trent Merzon as his team huddled at the south end zone at the Weston Ranch stadium after a 56-14 drubbing of the Cougars.Merzon was, of course, referring to this week's highly anticipated Valley Oak League showdown between the undefeated Mustangs (7-0 overall, 4-0 VOL) and perennial league power, Manteca (5-2, 3-1).Despite a league loss to Sierra three weeks ago, Manteca can claim a likely piece of the VOL title with an upset over the host Mustangs.But Oakdale doesn't lose ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Mustangs Spoil East Union Homecoming, 55-14

It's not often that Oakdale High's varsity football team gets to celebrate blowout homecoming victories in back-to-back weeks, but they capitalized on the opportunity Friday with a 55-14 shellacking of the host East Union Lancers at Dino Cunial Field.East Union's elaborate float decorations and elegant halftime coronation did little to prevent 471 yards of total Mustang offense as Oakdale rolled to a 34-0 lead at the half and cruised to another easy Valley Oak League win. The spoiling of East Union's big night came on the heels of an equally big win for Oakdale in ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Mustangs Throttle Bulldogs For Homecoming

After a one-sided win over Central Valley, Oakdale High football coach Trent Merzon said that Homecoming would be a funny week, and he mentioned the difficult task of keeping his team focused on Ceres in a week full of distractions.Mission accomplished.Oakdale exploded for 49 first half points and rumbled to a 56-6 blowout of visiting Ceres on Friday inside the Corral.The team picked up 313 total offensive yards and managed touchdowns on the ground, through the air, on defense and even special teams."I think we accomplished every one of our team goals, offensively and defensively," Merzon ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Mustangs Trample Hawks In Road Game

Oakdale High football coach Trent Merzon paced the sideline anxiously before the start of the second half on Friday, Oct. 2, ultimately stepping up to a ball boy to offer a bold prediction as the Mustangs and Central Valley spaced out to prepare for the ensuing kickoff."Don't get so excited you drop the ball, but I think we might take this one to the house," Merzon said.He was wrong - but he wasn't that far off.Oakdale's kickoff return to the 41-yard line set up Devin Brook's 59-yard jaunt up the right sideline on the ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Oakdale Football Makes Statement With Win Over Novato

When Oakdale High football head coach Trent Merzon mapped out his non-league schedule during the early portion of the summer months, he knew that the Novato Hornets would be a true test for his Mustang football squad.After Oakdale's convincing 34-22 victory over the Hornets, it is safe to say that Oakdale is going to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the 2009 campaign.Oakdale shrugged off a fluke pre-game injury to their two-year starting quarterback Tanner Combs and then shrugged off a quick strike Novato touchdown and 2-point PAT conversion just five minutes into the ball ...

August 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Mustang Football


Mustangs Trample Turlock In Season Opener, 56-6

It was hard to not start thinking about the Oakdale Mustangs' huge upcoming non-league contest against Novato High as the Mustangs jogged off the Corral turf after crafting an unimaginable 42-0 halftime lead against the Turlock Bulldogs.The Mustangs kept their focus and continued to pound the Bulldogs in second half action on Friday night, finishing off Turlock 56-6 in arguably the worst beat down in the two programs' storied history.Turlock posed no problem for the Mustangs, finding themselves overmatched moments into the game's second period. Tim House got things under way with a 19-yard touchdown jaunt, disposing ...

August 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Mustang Football


Oakdale Solid In Central Catholic Scrimmage

The days of Tokay showing up to the Corral for the Oakdale Mustangs' final preseason tune up are a distant memory and now it's the Central Catholic Raiders who brought their army up for final action leading up to the important non-league schedule.Oakdale and Central Catholic banged helmets for a little over an hour in the Mustangs' annual preseason scrimmage and the Mustangs were able to do themselves proud with an impressive showing against one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's consistent playoff forces.The Mustangs had a valiant effort on the defensive side of the ball, flying to ...

August 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Mustang Football


Mustangs Debut In Red-Gold Gridiron Scrimmage

There were no referees, no huge crowd of cheering fans watching, yet when the Oakdale High varsity football team suited up for its annual Red-Gold scrimmage it was obvious football season had arrived.The Mustangs' offensive and defensive units battled for a small crowd of Oakdale faithful in what is the team's season opener for full contact football.The defense held the upper hand during the squads' first action of the season, taking advantage of the early season jump that defensive units seem to always hold over the offense in the first few weeks of the season.The two ...

August 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Mustang Football


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