A crowd of Oakdale defenders crashed past Lathrop offensive linemen and blocked the short field goal, celebrating as the ball bounced up field to end the Spartans' best shot at appearing on the scoreboard.
A wave of second and third quarter scores gave Oakdale High's varsity football team an insurmountable lead over visiting Kimball on Friday, resulting in a 56-14 victory for the Mustangs during week two of the Valley Oak League schedule.
The steady stream of football fans filing out of Sierra High's Daniel Teicheira stadium halfway through a 49-7 Oakdale victory should have stopped by the box office to collect a refund on their admission, because Friday's varsity contest was hardly the Valley Oak League showdown it was billed to be.
In his second ever varsity football game inside The Corral, Oakdale High senior DeWayne Finney made some special plays. Finney intercepted a long pass at midfield just seven minutes into the game while Oakdale carried a 14-0 lead. Just five minutes later, he ended Aptos High's best drive of the night when a halfback pass dropped into his arms at Oakdale's own goal line.
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.
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 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.