On a night where The Corral was abuzz with activity, the junior varsity boys hosted the Manteca Buffaloes on Friday, Oct. 30. The Colts fell to the visiting rivals 40-21, despite finding the end zone first.
Midway through the first quarter Oakdale’s Cameron Cherry got the home crowd on their feet on his explosive 25-yard rushing touchdown to give Oakdale a 7-0 lead with 4:52 left in the first quarter. Manteca countered with a touchdown of their own as the speedy Benjamin Rea scored a touchdown with 2:19 left to play in the opening quarter. Following a Colts fumble, Rea scored his second touchdown in two minutes on a 62-yard catch and run to give Manteca a 12-7 advantage that they took into the second quarter.
Manteca scored the lone points of the second quarter on a Matthew Ender six-yard touchdown reception with 3:48 remaining in the half, to take an 18-7 halftime lead.
Oakdale had early opportunities in the red zone, however, they came up empty in the third quarter. Oakdale was faced with a third-and-four from the Manteca 11 yard line. Oakdale quarterback Marc Dickson’s pass was incomplete setting up a fourth down situation. The Colts went for it but didn’t convert as Dickson’s pass was dropped by Makai Harris in the end zone to end the drive for the first possession of the half. Manteca eventually outscored Oakdale 14-0 in the third quarter to take a 32-7 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Cherry scored on a four-yard rush with 7:39 remaining in the game as he dove into the end zone to bring the score to 32-14. With the ball back and just over five and a half minutes to play, Dickson misread the coverage and threw the ball into the defender Rea’s arms and Rea returned it 23 yards to the house making it 40-14. Oakdale’s Joshua Jacobson scored the final points of the night on a six-yard rush with 3:29 remaining in the game.
Friday night, the team travels to Modesto to clash with the Raiders of Central Catholic. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Oakdale hit the road and took on Manteca on Thursday, Oct. 29. The road trip was not kind to the Ponies as Oakdale was shut out 24-0. The team finishes their 2015 campaign on at home on Thursday night Nov. 5 with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Corral.