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It’s A Keeper! - Del Oro Looms In SJS Final

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.

November 30, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Oakdale Upends Vista Del Lago

The path to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship football game at Sacramento State University goes through The Corral at Oakdale High.

November 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Oakdale Runs Past Center In Playoff Opener

The only thing that runs more than Oakdale High's varsity football team is its own fourth quarter clock.

November 16, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


V-O-L! V-O-L! V-O-L!

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.

November 09, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Oakdale Stifles Manteca, Claims VOL Crown

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.

November 02, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Mustangs Grind Out Win Over Weston Ranch

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.

October 26, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Oakdale Sweeps East Union

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.

October 19, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Mustangs Take Sloppy Landslide Win For Homecoming Contest

Far from perfect.

October 12, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Kimball Craziness Can’t Stop Oakdale Win

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 ...

October 05, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Mustangs Knock Out Sierra In VOL Opener

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.

September 28, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Athlete of the Week - Marcus Hernandez

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.

September 21, 2011 | | Mustang Football


Oakdale Wins Battle Of Section Finalists

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.

September 21, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Conquerors Of The California Coast - Oakdale Football Reigns Supreme In Aptos

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.

September 14, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Signing Up To Play - Oakdale Freshmen Host California School For The Deaf

At first glance, the players opposite Oakdale High's freshman football team fit perfectly into the environment on The Corral's artificial turf on Sept. 8.

September 14, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Best Foot(ball) Forward - Defense, Air Attack Lead Oakdale Over Visiting Turlock Bulldogs

One of the most powerful rushing football teams in Sac-Joaquin Section football history has a new trick up its sleeve in 2011 - the air attack.

September 07, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


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Playoffs Start Friday - Oakdale Sets Aside Rival Sonora In VOL Finale

Pressure's on Patterson.

November 13, 2013 | Nicholas Hopping | Mustang Football


Oakdale Varsity Drops 35-14 Loss To Host Kimball

All that was missing was Boise State's blue carpet.

October 30, 2013 | Nicholas Hopping nhopping@oakdaleleader.com | Mustang Football


Buffaloes Roam Free In 35-20 Defeat Of Mustangs

It's beginning to look like the Manteca Buffaloes year, not just in the Valley Oak League, but beyond.

October 16, 2013 | Nicholas Hopping nhopping@oakdaleleader.com | Mustang Football


Varsity Mustangs Race Past Weston Ranch, 62-12

No true tradition.

October 09, 2013 | Nicholas Hopping nhopping@oakdaleleader.com | Mustang Football


Mustangs Win Big At East Union

Much like their NFL counterparts, the San Francisco 49ers who had also started the season 1-2, Oakdale High jogged onto East Union's football field with a chip on its respective shoulders and something (more) to prove.

October 01, 2013 | Mike Jones Special To The Leader | Mustang Football


FIVE BIG REASONS - Why Oakdale Fans Shouldn’t Fret

They hardly ever see it coming.

September 18, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


HEARTBREAKER - Two-Point (Non) Conversion Spells 23-22 Defeat For OHS Gridders

Brock Whiting took the handoff from Dillon Tamburrino and lunged toward the goal line, his shoulder pads slicing into an apparent hole in the Enterprise High defensive line.

September 11, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Ike’s Sights - A Sight To Behold

Nestled between a dozing Dr. Jerold Polterock and a giant window that revealed the sprawling Central California countryside, I began to drift into a peaceful slumber aboard one of the charter buses containing Oakdale football fans neared the final stages of its journey.

December 19, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Serra Speeds Past Oakdale In State Bowl Game

An historic and inspirational campaign by Oakdale High's varsity football team came to an end at the 2012 California Interscholastic Federation Division II State Football Championship Bowl Game at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday, where the size, speed and talents of Serra (Gardena) proved too great an obstacle, ending in a 42-15 defeat of the Mustangs.

December 19, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Athlete of the Week - Mustang Offensive Line

When your fingers are buried in a three-point stance, you don't tend to get that much ink. And when all your hard work is basically in the center of the field instead of a leaping catch in the end zone or a sweep around the left side, you don't often get to be in the photo.

December 19, 2012 | | Mustang Football


REACHING NEW HEIGHTS - Football Mustangs Take NorCal In Thriller

As a quarterback known for his accuracy, there isn't much Oakdale High senior Spencer Thomas misses.

December 12, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Serra Awaits In State Bowl

It's no coincidence that the University of Southern California sports not one, not two, but three former players from Serra High of Gardena on their active roster.

December 12, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Athlete of the Week - OHS Defense

It's no coincidence that 10 of the 11 defensive starters on Oakdale High's varsity football team received first team All-Valley Oak League selections. The Oakdale defense has been spectacular in 2012, and landed tremendous performances in both conference play and the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

December 12, 2012 | | Mustang Football


Athlete of the Week - Varsity Football

The two interceptions by DeWayne Finney in the semi-finals would normally be a shoe-in for Athlete of the Week recognition, but it's impossible not to honor every member of the Oakdale High football team and coaching staff after a 12 win run that propelled the squad to a third straight trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game. This time, the Mustangs came away with the crown, defeating Vista del Lago by a 22-9 final in the Nov. 30 championship contest.

December 05, 2012 | | Mustang Football


CHAMPIONSHIP ELATION - Courageous Defense, Heroic Final Drive Lead Oakdale To SJS Title

An hour had passed since a heroic march across Lincoln High's artificial turf had granted Oakdale High's football team a Sac-Joaquin Section title, but a large contingent of the Mustang faithful were still lingering about the field on Friday night.

December 05, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


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