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Freshmen, Junior Varsity Squads Dance With Wolves
JV player Derek Vermeulen, 7, was busy Friday night, shown here intercepting the ball and returning it against the Timberwolves. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER
Zachary Aloisio, 5, returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown in the JV Mustangs’ football win. Rylan Kerr, 2, lends a hand with a big block. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Oakdale’s younger football teams earned victories over Sierra this past week. On Thursday night, Oakdale’s freshmen defeated Sierra 54-13 inside The Corral and on Friday night, the junior varsity earned a 48-14 road win over the Timberwolves.

For the JV road win on Friday, the team was hitting on all cylinders. Following a scoreless first quarter, Oakdale scored 27 points in the second quarter to pull away from Sierra. Rylan Kerr scored the first points of the game at the 8:17 mark in the half on a one-yard rushing score. Donovan Walker followed up with an eight-yard rushing score to go up 14-0. Derek Vermeulen caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Holt and the big play came from Zachary Aloisio on an 87-yard punt return with 1:55 left in the half.

In the third quarter Oakdale added 21 more points when Walker scored from six yards out, Kerr broke off a 54-yard rushing score and Jay Hummer scored on a 17-yard rush.

On the defensive side Oakdale forced four turnovers in the game. Kerr and Benjamin Higle each recovered a fumble, and Gage McPhee and Vermeulen each had an interception. Brandon Jeffery had a sack in the win.

After two weeks on the road, Oakdale returns home to take on Kimball as part of the Homecoming festivities on Friday night, Oct. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Thursday night started with fireworks as Sierra opened the game with a kickoff return for touchdown but Oakdale was not fazed by the quick score. Yahir Ayala scored three rushing touchdowns and added a special teams touchdown as well. Jose Torres scored a pair of long touchdowns; from 60 and 20 yards out, Dion Suarez had a 51-yard rushing score and Dalton Vargas also found the end zone for Oakdale.

“Our offensive line played well,” said Oakdale head coach Rod Long.

Oakdale’s offensive line included Oscar Barajas, Chris Burns, Jesus Asencion, Jordan Van Rys, Hunter Olsen and Jack Leonard.

This Thursday evening Oakdale hits the road when they take on Kimball in Tracy. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.