The moment football fans have waited patiently for has arrived. This Friday night, the Mustangs and Raiders go to battle for the Valley Oak League championship. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 has been circled on many calendars since the schedule was released earlier this summer. Both Oakdale and Central Catholic enter the regular season finale undefeated in league play, and want the bragging rights heading into the postseason.
Since Central Catholic entered the VOL in 2014 the two teams have met four times, three times in the regular season and once in the playoffs. In these meetings the home team has won each game, and Central Catholic defeated Oakdale 21-7 in the 2015 Section championship game.
The two powerhouse programs are each ranked in the top 60 in the state and top 500 in the nation. Both teams have had a similar season, statistically. Oakdale has scored 289 points, Central Catholic 288. The Mustangs have given up a total of 46 points, the Raiders 53.
Oakdale’s defense has been as shutdown as it can be, especially the last two weeks as they have had back-to-back shutouts, including a 62-0 home win over Lathrop. Central Catholic is coming off a 42-7 home win over Kimball.
“I have been looking forward to this game since last year. This is the big one. Everyone in a Mustang uniform has been working hard for Friday night’s game. It’s the big one,” senior running back Cameron Cherry said of the showdown.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Central Catholic High School in Modesto.