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Trio Of Contests See Two Shutout Wins For Mustangs
Oakdale’s Zeke Saffar, 25, takes the ball and looks to make some headway up the field in Friday night varsity action against visiting Palma of Salinas. The Chieftains doubled up the host Mustangs, 28-14.

In a busy night of football, two out of three games went in the win column for the Oakdale High School football program. It was a rare triple header, as the Palma Chieftains made the drive from Salinas on Friday, Sept. 13 to enter The Corral and do battle with the host Mustangs.

In the freshman game, it was a 49-0 win for the home team. The game featured a running clock in the fourth quarter due to the game score differential.

At the JV level, it was another shutout, this time with the Mustangs taking a 21-0 win off the field.

The only loss of the night for the Mustangs and their fans came in the varsity contest. Palma was able to double up the home team, 28-14.

The teams traded touchdowns and extra points in the opening quarter for a 7-7 game after one. Visiting Palma punched a score through in the second quarter and held a 14-7 halftime lead. They were up 21-14 after three, as both teams found the end zone in the third quarter. The Chieftains added one final score in the fourth to take away the 28-14 win.

For the game, Palma had 290 total yards to Oakdale’s 240. Passing yardage saw the Chieftains with 108 and Oakdale with 39, while the rushing game saw Oakdale put 241 yards rushing on the board, Palma with 182. On third down conversions, Oakdale was 4-for-13; Palma was 4-for-11. The Mustangs also lost a fumble and saw a pass picked off by the Palma defense.

“Palma was a very good team. We made too many mistakes to beat a quality opponent,” said head coach Trent Merzon. “League opener is this week at home. We are looking forward to it.”

The Mustangs will host East Union on Friday night, Sept. 20 with JV kickoff at 5 p.m.; varsity at 7 p.m.

The freshmen go to Manteca to take on East Union in a 6 p.m. contest Thursday, Sept. 19.