If Rancho Cotate High's varsity football team baked the cake with consecutive fumbles in Oakdale territory to start the game, then Oakdale linebacker Bastian Jimenez added the frosting by grabbing a fourth quarter fumble and rumbling 55 yards to the dinner plate during a 55-21 gorging of the visiting Cougars on Friday.
A Friday excursion that started with a long trek to Aptos on the coast of California included a walk-through just beyond the beach for Oakdale High's varsity football team. Hours later Oakdale walked through upstart Aptos High with a triumphant 55-21 victory. The win over the well-disciplined Mariners, a classy Division III team from the Central Coast Section, was Oakdale's second straight over a well-respected program that qualified for the playoffs in 2010.
Daniel Linder's face was wrought with disappointment, but the Oakdale High senior's voice had an unmistakable semblance of pride on Saturday as he summarized the 14-game journey he and 50 football teammates shared this season. Oakdale snared Valley Oak League co-champion status and then dispatched all comers on the way to the D3 final, closing the year at 10-4 overall.
With 11 seconds to play in Friday's opening half and his team sporting a one-touchdown lead, Oakdale High linebacker A.C. Brown crushed Casa Roble quarterback Mitch Samson just as he released an incomplete pass on a roll-out to his left.
It would be hard to find two athletes in the Sac-Joaquin Section with the same tenacity and skill as Oakdale High standout defenders and football seniors A.C. Brown and Blake Thompson. The pair has harassed opposing runners and quarterbacks all season, and did more of the same with constant trips into the Placer backfield during a Nov. 19 road win in a 7-6 playoff victory. With conditions forcing both teams to rely almost solely on the run, Brown and Thompson were a constant disruptive force at the line of scrimmage, and managed great containment at the edges to limit ...
A constant downpour turned the Placer High football field into a swamp on Friday, but the rain and mud couldn't keep Oakdale High's varsity football team from qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals with a thrilling 7-6 victory over the host Hillmen.
While four other Valley Oak League varsity football teams floundered with losses in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, the Mustangs preserved league prestige with a one-sided 56-21 win over visiting Christian Brothers on Nov. 12.
A 42-13 third quarter lead effectively put away Sonora High's varsity football team, but Oakdale players, coaches and fans were on pins and needles well after Friday's Valley Oak League finale at The Corral, hanging on announcer Pete Simoncini's every word as he announced the Manteca vs. East Union final score.