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Mustang Underclassmen Undefeated In VOL Football

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.

October 27, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

It All Comes Down To This

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.

October 27, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Pound East Union, Prepare For Weston Ranch

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.

October 20, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Trounce Lathrop, Prep For East Union Battle

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.

October 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Varsity Gridders Cruise Past Visiting Jaguars

A 62-0 loss to Manteca High on Sept. 24 was a rude welcoming for Kimball to prep football in the highly competitive Valley Oak League.

October 06, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Trample Sierra In VOL Gridiron Opener

Oakdale High defensive back/wide receiver Vince Thompson spent the first three weeks of the football season pacing the sidelines with an angry grimace, sporting the impatient look of a senior hungry for the first football game of his final prep season in pads.

September 29, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Saturday Heartbreaker - Varsity Mustangs Fall To Granite Bay, 31-28

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Judging the downtrodden faces of players on Oakdale High's varsity football team, you would have thought the Mustangs were pummeled during Saturday's West Coast Showcase against Granite Bay at Dublin High.

September 15, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Varsity Football Mustangs Fall Hard to Turlock

Trailing 26-14 and on the cusp of overcoming a disastrous 20-0 deficit, Oakdale High's varsity football team lined up a defensive formation at Turlock's own 23 yard-line on third and nine, with intentions of getting the ball back to bring things within one score at four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

September 08, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Throttle Reigning State Champs In Season Opener

Oakdale High's 49-6 lead in the third quarter of their season opening varsity football game against Modesto Christian sent a distinct message that the Mustangs were simply too much for the reigning small school state champions to handle on Friday at The Corral.Oakdale rallied from a 6-0 deficit with seven unanswered touchdowns, closing with a 56-20 blowout in week '0' of the young season. The Mustangs rallied to 528 total yards of offense."Kids did a good job," Oakdale football coach Trent Merzon said. "Good win."The victory paved way to this week's annual match-up between Oakdale ...

September 01, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Offer Gridiron Sneak Peek In Los Banos Scrimmage

You know a town appreciates its football when the parking lot and surrounding streets are packed with cars for a weekend scrimmage with no special teams or recorded scores.

August 25, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Eliminated From Playoffs By Inderkum

His team gathered at the north end of the American River College stadium, Oakdale High football coach Trent Merzon tried to gather his thoughts following his team's 49-30 defeat to top seeded Inderkum in the semi-final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.But nothing came out.Merzon stood silent for several moments before finally leaning close and speaking a few words that brought the Mustangs to their feet for their final post game break of the season.Words were hard to come by after devastating injuries and big Inderkum plays blew open a 28-14 halftime lead with ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Vanquish Vanden, Ready For Inderkum

With no time remaining on the game clock, Vanden High running back Damon Treat bullied into the Oakdale end zone from just a yard out, bringing the host Viking fans to their feet on the final play of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinals on Friday.But while Vanden fans celebrated their last score of the season, a louder, larger regiment of Mustang faithful bellowed cheers from nearly every position surrounding Vanden's artificial turf, where Oakdale had waged a 56-14 throttling of the higher seeded Vikings.With the win, the Mustangs move on to face D-III No. 1 seed ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Upend Natomas In First Round Of Playoffs

Oakdale High defensive back Daniel Gazdik intercepted a desperation pass with just over three minutes to play and rumbled 45 yards for the finishing touch on a 36-0 blowout of Natomas in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on Friday at The Corral.The pass went awry after Oakdale defensive end Marcos Velasco crushed Natomas quarterback Jakori Ford just as he let loose. Gazdik pulled down the easy pick and crisscrossed the field behind solid blocks to slip into the end zone."You just have to find a lane and hopefully the blockers are blocking for ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Mustangs Throttle Sonora, Ready For Playoffs

The distant beat of drums and the beckoning of thousands of onlookers to Sonora High's spectacular Dunleavy Field made Oakdale High's Valley Oak League finale seem like a scene from the British war movie Zulu on Friday.But this was no epic battle.Instead, Oakdale broke away from a 14-7 lead at the break with a dominating second half and 35-7 shellacking of the host Wildcats to ensure co-Valley Oak League championship honors.The game had all the swagger of a big VOL contest between two 8-1 programs, including two TV stations and a standing-room-only crowd in attendance ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Oakdale Falls To Sierra In Heartbreaker

In a game loaded with lead changes and spectacular plays, Oakdale High football coach Trent Merzon needed just one more of both as his team lined up for a 44-yard field goal into the wind with just 32 seconds to play on Friday.But Kyle Derby's potential game-winning field goal never gained the necessary elevation, slicing to the left to hand away the final possession in a 44-42 Sierra upset in front of a stunned Mustang crowd and capacity gathering at The Corral."That was one of the best games I have ever seen here in The Corral," Merzon ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

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