The final week for both the Oakdale High School freshman and junior varsity football teams has come and gone. The week brought mixed results as the freshman team completed a perfect season when they defeated Central Catholic on the road 42-13, but Central Catholic’s junior varsity team defeated the Mustang Colts 37-21.
On Friday evening Oakdale dropped their final game of the season to the Raiders after trailing 14-7 at halftime. Down 14-0 with less than 40 seconds left to play in the opening half, Oakdale scored on a six-yard rush by Donovan Walker to trim the lead down to 14-7. Central Catholic took a 21-7 advantage in the fourth quarter and scored on their next three possessions to open it up.
Oakdale’s Zach Aloisio scored the final two touchdowns of the night for Oakdale. The Oakdale junior varsity Colts finished the regular season with a Valley Oak League record of 3-2.
The freshmen continued to use the Wing-T offense to punish their opponents, and the latest victim was Central Catholic. Yahir Ayala scored three of the team’s six touchdowns to help pave the way to the Valley Oak League championship. Ayala scored from 5, 74 and 3 yards out. Also having a multi-touchdown day was running back Jose Torres. He rushed in from a yard out in both the first and second quarters. Lucas Cox connected with Mason Gilton from 15 yards out in the second quarter. Cox was 3-for-3 for 48 yards. On the defensive side Jake Kettering intercepted the ball in the second quarter and returned it 39 yards to help set up the Cox to Gilton touchdown.
“Much like last year’s team, this was a great group of kids. We challenged them from day one to strive for perfection and work to get better every single day,” said head coach Rodney Long. “They played an incredibly tough schedule and they answered the call every week.”
Long also praised his coaching staff for a wonderful season.
“I consider myself fortunate to have Chris Lawrence, Zach Thomas, and Landon Ichord as assistant coaches. I couldn’t be more proud of this group and how they played and respected the game.”