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.
A tremendous defensive performance from Oakdale High's varsity football team was enough to seal a thrilling 22-9 victory over Vista del Lago in the championship game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on Friday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
There hasn't been a much easier selection for Athlete of the Week since the invention of the wheel. Oakdale senior Marcus Northcutt ran for 221 yards on 10 carries, broke loose for rushes of 92 and 80 yards and tallied two touchdown runs in a victory over Sonora on Nov. 2.
Between the cap to a perfect season by Oakdale High's freshman football team and a stunning victory by the junior varsity squad, it was a terrific closing week for Mustang lower level gridiron programs.
Oakdale High's standout fullback and defensive lineman, Nikk Ryan, came through with a huge performance on Oct. 26 as the Mustangs battled to a 28-7 win over Manteca. Ryan ran for 117 yards and two scores to expose a rare weakness in a stout Manteca defense.