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Late Game Surge Lifts Kimball Past Varsity Football Mustangs
Oakdale quarterback Jackson Holt gets ready to send off the pass in Friday night action, Sept. 24, at Kimball. The slugfest showed the host Jaguars coming out on top of the high-flying final score, 63-56. Photo By Jeff Kettering

In a battle of two high-powered offenses, the host Kimball Jaguars got the better of the Oakdale Mustangs.

It was an old-fashioned shootout and the Jaguars rolled to 32 fourth quarter points to get the margin of victory, taking a 63-56 win over Oakdale in the Friday, Sept. 24 contest in Tracy.

“Scoring summary would take a week to figure out,” Oakdale head coach Trent Merzon said. “Offense played well, O-line played real well.”

The scoring barrage was led by Yahia Ayala, who got into the end zone four times on the night.

Kimball had a 7-6 lead after the first quarter, that opening frame giving no hint of the offensive explosion that was to come from both sides.

The host Jaguars also took a slim lead into the locker room at the half, 19-12, but both teams came out firing on all cylinders on the offensive side of the ball in the second half. There were multiple lead changes, enough to keep the crowd on both the home and visitors’ sides on their feet through much of the game.

Oakdale put four touchdowns on the board in the third quarter, adding 28 points to their total, while Kimball scored 12 points, which saw the Mustangs leading 40-31 after three quarters.

But a massive surge by the Jaguars saw them double up Oakdale, 32-16, over the final quarter and move on to the win.

It was not the kind of game Merzon wanted to see, noting he hadn’t been part of such a high scoring game before.

“Never and I hope never again,” he said of the 119 total points scored in the contest.

Kimball has shown a tendency to go for the 2-point conversion much of this season and used that to their advantage again in taking the Valley Oak League win.

Now, Oakdale will regroup and look forward to hosting the Central Catholic Raiders on Oct. 1, aiming to get back in the win column.

“Should be a good one,” Merzon said, with both teams coming in at 4-1.



Junior varsity head coach Matt Miranda said his team got a win on the road against Kimball, defeating the host squad by a 42-13 final.

“Jacob Kendrick led the defense with two interceptions,” Anderson added. “Kayden Anderson and Ryker Roberts led the way offensively with over 100 yards rushing each and each had a couple of touchdowns.”

No information was available at press time for the freshman team regarding a score, but coach Chris Lawrence said the Ponies currently have a 4-0-1 record.

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Heading up the field, on the way to a touchdown, is Oakdale JV player Kayden Anderson, who was one of the team’s leading rushers on Friday night against Kimball. Photo By Jeff Kettering