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Gridiron Wins For JV, Freshman Football Teams
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Oakdale’s mini Mustangs graced the sidelines during the first half of the junior varsity game on Friday evening. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER
Adding to the scoring attack in the JV game against Weston Ranch, Donovan Walker plunges into the end zone midway through the first quarter to help the team go up 14-0. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Both the Oakdale freshman and junior varsity teams made short work of Gregori and Weston Ranch this past week.

It was a shutout road win for the freshmen over Gregori 34-0 and the junior varsity knocked off Weston Ranch, 42-14.

For the junior varsity, it was a Valley Oak League game inside The Corral on Friday night. Oakdale scored 14 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Rylan Kerr found the end zone on the team’s opening drive and scored on an eight-yard run to go up 7-0. Midway through the first quarter Donovan Walker scored on a one-yard rush to go up 14-0.

Weston Ranch answered with a 51-yard touchdown to cut the Oakdale lead in half. However, less than a minute later, Kerr found the end zone for the second time in the half on a 35-yard run down the sidelines to give Oakdale a 21-7 advantage with 7:02 left to play in the first half. With 21 seconds left in the second quarter Christian Ockey rumbled his way past the Cougars defense for a 15-yard score to go up 28-7 at the half.

It was a relatively quiet third quarter as the only points came on a Walker five-yard rushing score with 6:44 left in the quarter. Weston Ranch scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the final score of the night.

Oakdale’s defense proved to be too much for the visitors as Connor Bok recovered a fumble, Zach Aloisio had an interception and Brandon Jeffrey had a sack in the game. The team’s next game is this Friday night on the road to face Manteca. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.



Thursday night the freshman team headed to Modesto to take on Gregori in non-conference play. The Mustang Ponies bounced out to a 27-0 halftime lead and continued the shutout in the second half. Oakdale had two 100-yard rushers in the game as Jose Torres rushed the ball 14 times for a total of 108 yards and scored twice. Yahir Ayala carried the ball a dozen times for a team high 115 yards and scored one touchdown. As a team Oakdale had 47 carries for 385 yards. Dion Suarez had eight carries for 67 yards and touchdown and Kevin Camelin had 63 yards and a touchdown on just five carries.

“The defense played a great game, overall I felt we played really well. We need to clean up some penalties,” said head coach Rodney Long.

This Thursday night, Sept. 27, the youngest Oakdale squad returns home and to Valley Oak League play when they host Manteca at 6 p.m.