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.
The Division III Sac-Joaquin Section football final is expecting some precipitation participation.
This late in the year, only the best high school football teams are still playing games. Oakdale saw some serious talent from Benicia during a quarterfinal showdown on Nov. 16.
They were bigger and they were faster, but Oakdale High was brilliant.
Oakdale High's varsity football team will play Vista del Lago at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs at Lincoln of Stockton.
Six-foot senior quarterback Ryan Bohnet of Benicia High's varsity football team was a bit like Superman on Friday.
Friday's forecast called for a serious chance of unrelenting showers at The Corral as Oakdale High played host to Pacheco in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football playoffs.
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.
It took 49 carries for Sonora High's varsity football team to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark on Friday.
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.
The Sac-Joaquin Section revealed placements in the 2012 playoffs across all six divisions on Saturday.
The seven other teams in the Valley Oak League will have to wait another year to attempt unseating Oakdale High's varsity football team from the conference throne.
Oakdale High's varsity football team has seen more spread than a knife at a sandwich shop.