Sac-Joaquin Section Bylaw 511.6 isn't nearly as lifeless and eerie as the image of a cow skull resting on the artificial turf at The Corral, but it certainly gets the point across.
Over the eight years of my journalism career, I feel I have stayed relatively unbiased in my coverage of high school athletes.
Oakdale High sophomore quarterback, Spencer Thomas, has displayed superb athleticism all season, with ever-increasing poise well beyond his age as a first-year varsity Mustang starter.
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.
It took just a minute and four seconds for Oakdale High's varsity football team to give their new black playoff jerseys that special pay dirt tint.
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.
Football may be a game of yards, but it came down to inches for Oakdale High's varsity football team during a highly anticipated Valley Oak League showdown with host Manteca on Friday.
Eddie Machado intercepted the first Weston Ranch pass of the second half, and played terrific from the helm to lead Oakdale's junior varsity football team to a 24-0 shutout over Weston Ranch on Friday.
If you are not bubbling with anticipation over Friday's Valley Oak League title match between Oakdale and Manteca varsity football programs, it would probably take a couple of charged defibrillators to raise your heart rate.
Two runners eclipsed the 100-yard mark and Oakdale High's varsity football team forced five East Union turnovers in a 63-21 rout of the visiting Lancers at The Corral on Friday.
Emotional on-the-field scuffles and a robot-dancing mascot added some drama to Friday's Valley Oak League meeting between Oakdale High and host Lathrop on Friday, but Oakdale carried all of the scoreboard momentum in a 49-0 blowout.