A fast start was key for the Oakdale Mustangs in their 69-28 home win over Kimball this past Friday night, Oct. 12.
Oakdale (7-2, 4-1) used a heavy dose of their rushing attack to claw through the Jaguars (3-6, 1-4). The team’s backfield rushed for over 300 total yards and scored all 10 touchdowns. Max Moore, Caleb Kuppens, Adam Haley and John Creech all found the end zone for the Mustangs on Homecoming Night 2018.
Moore, who rushed for 136 yards on 20 carries, made regular house calls to pay dirt on Friday night. Moore scored five touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to victory. He scored on the team’s opening drive from two yards out to give Oakdale a 7-0 lead with 9:07 left to play in the first quarter.
Kuppens, who carried the ball 10 times for a total of 78 yards, scored three touchdowns for Oakdale. On the team’s second possession, Kuppens broke tackles and scored from six yards out to double up the lead to 14 with 6:28 left in the opening frame. Kimball answered with a 70-yard touchdown catch and run by Cam Sims less than 20 seconds later. Oakdale responded with a three yard touchdown run by Moore minutes later to enjoy a 21-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Kuppens scored his second touchdown of the night with 10:21 left in the half. Moore went on a rampage finding the end zone two more times in a four-minute span to pull away from Kimball to make it 42-7 with 4:49 left to play in the first half.
Kimball, however, did not fold and Sims burned the Oakdale secondary for a second time on a 79-yard touchdown catch and run with 3:04 remaining in the second quarter. Capping off his big night, Moore scored for the fifth time in the half on short four-yard run just before the end of the half to go up 49-14.
The second half saw much of the same as Kuppens scored on the team’s first drive on a 12-yard run. Adam Haley got in the mix for Oakdale and rushed in from six yards out to extend the Mustangs’ lead to 63-14. Oakdale’s final touchdown of the night came from 11 yards out when John Creech broke the goal line with 11:02 remaining in the game. Kimball scored their final points on a Louie Pacheco five yard rush with 3:22 left to play.
Following the win, Oakdale heads into the bye week in second place in the Valley Oak League. On Friday night, Oct. 26 the Mustangs welcome in first place Central Catholic (7-1, 4-0). The Raiders had a bye week this past Friday night and will play Kimball this Friday night, Oct. 19.