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Mustang Gridders Prep For Quarterfinal Contest

Roseville will be in town on Friday night, Nov. 12 as Oakdale hosts a second round/quarterfinal game in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 football playoffs.

As the No. 1 seed in D3, the Mustangs had a bye this past week, when No. 8 Davis was hosting No. 9 Roseville. Though they were on the road, Roseville took the opening round game by a 33-21 final over Davis on Nov. 6.

“Solid football team from a good league. Battle tested. Athletic,” Mustangs head coach Trent Merzon said of their Friday night opponent. “Their losses have all been to high caliber teams.”

Tickets for the Friday night playoff game at The Corral are only available online; they will not be sold at the gate.

The link to GoFan, the digital ticket vendor, is

Those purchasing tickets should just type in Oakdale into the search and the game will come up.

Once the tickets are purchased, the ticket holders do not press ‘redeem’ as that will be done when they enter the stadium.

Again, tickets must be purchased in advance, online.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors (age 65 and above) and military; $5 for students K-12; and children five and under are admitted free.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

Merzon said the team used the bye week to rest up and get healthy, as he anticipates a major battle ahead.

“D3 is wide open and can be won by four or five teams in my opinion,” the coach said. “We need to one, run the ball and two, stop the run. Love playing in The Corral, need that atmosphere in November.”

While Oakdale hosts Roseville, the other quarterfinal on that side of the bracket sees Yuba City, the No. 4 seed hosting No. 5 seed Patterson. The Tigers took a 38-6 home win over No. 12 Burbank on Nov. 6.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 3 seed Manteca had a bye and this week hosts No. 6 Sacramento in the quarterfinals. Sacramento topped No. 11 Golden Valley in the opening round, 41-19. The No. 7 seed Christian Brothers took a 30-16 win over No. 10 Rodriguez on Nov. 6, so they move on to face No. 2 Lincoln, which had a first round bye, traveling for the contest.