The 35-14 gap between Oakdale and Aptos High on the post-game scoreboard did little to create space between DeWayne Finney and his thoughts as he stood among his teammates and fielded questions following his breakout defensive performance on Friday.
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The screen pass from Oceanside's Tofi Paopao deflected off the outstretched arms of charging Oakdale pass rushers and lofted skyward like a lazy balloon, wobbling end-over-end toward the eager hands of Mustang lineman Eric Barragan, who let the ball slip through his fingers onto Westlake High's artificial turf in Thousand Oaks.
Josh Watts made it a few yards past the line of scrimmage before the Oakdale High fullback was stopped in his tracks by several Turlock defenders. His momentum slowed for a moment as his feet began to chop like a sushi chef, then suddenly a wave of Oakdale linemen hit the pile, knocking defenders reeling as Watts continued chopping an extra six yards into the end zone for a 7-0 Oakdale lead in the first quarter on Friday night at The Corral.
If the state bowl buzz came from a bee, Oakdale High varsity football players and coaches would have squashed it by now.
If local sports fans want to attend Oakdale High School's highly anticipated football showdown with Oceanside in Southern California on Friday, Aug. 31, they had better get tickets soon or they will be turned away at the door.
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Oakdale High seniors Marcus Hernandez and Cody Cole each landed an All Sac-Joaquin Section honor, while 12 football teammates played a role in 20 total selections onto the All Valley Oak League team.
A yearlong Oakdale High gridiron effort that started with early morning workouts just a few days after last year's section finals defeat continued with 14 straight Friday night football games this fall.
Steve Gokey says the only time he has been early to anything was when he was born two and half months premature in 1952.
Oakdale High football supporter Steve Gokey had a front row seat to Oakdale's 13-win football season and wore his emotions on his sleeves during the team's loss to Del Oro in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Friday. For more information on Gokey, his last year on the Mustang sidelines and Oakdale's section championship game, see the Dec. 7 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
Senior running back and linebacker Marcus Hernandez has been stellar all season, and led Oakdale to a 49-7 win over Vista del Lago on Nov. 18 in the quarterfinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
After being scorned by Marcus Hernandez touchdowns on three occasions, Casa Roble High defenders crashed the line of scrimmage as he approached in search of another stop of the Oakdale running back with just over two minutes to play.
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.
The path to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship football game at Sacramento State University goes through The Corral at Oakdale High.
Nestled less than five miles from the historic Concord campus of California's best Division I high school football team, De La Salle, is the campus of the Spartans' younger brother - Division II Clayton Valley Charter.
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.
They were bigger and they were faster, but Oakdale High was brilliant.
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.
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.