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Varsity, Freshmen Notch Football Wins; JV Takes Loss
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Pulling in the pass, Oakdale’s Mickey Merzon, 10, found the end zone a few times in the Friday night, Oct. 8 victory, a 55-0 blowout on the road at Sierra. Photo By Jeff Kettering

Overwhelming their opponent, Oakdale got back on the winning track Friday night, Oct. 8. They traveled to Manteca and took on the Sierra Timberwolves in Valley Oak League football action, the varsity winning by a 55-0 final.

The Mustangs rolled up 454 total yards of offense on the night, with 101 through the air and 353 yards rushing.

That compared to just 22 total yards for the overmatched Timberwolves, who had 15 yards passing and just seven yards rushing.

It was a 21-0 lead for Oakdale after the first quarter and they added two more scores in the second to go up 35-0 at the half. It was 49-0 after three and one last touchdown in the fourth quarter made the final margin of victory 55-0. Oakdale converted on 5-of-7 third down plays; Sierra just 1-of-9.

Several different players got involved in the scoring for the varsity Mustangs, with multiple touchdowns from both Mickey Merzon and Kevin Camelin. Merzon scored both rushing and receiving, two by reception and one by rush, while Camelin scored all three of his touchdowns on the ground.

The Mustangs also had a pair of fumble recoveries by Dillon Thompson to get them back on offense.

“We played great team defense,” said head coach Trent Merzon, pointing especially to Zach Stott and Brian Delte at inside backer.

This week, the team has its bye, so will rest players and prepare for the final few games of the VOL campaign.



Sierra did not have a JV team available for Friday so the Oakdale team headed to Hughson. There they faced off with one of the best JV teams in the Trans-Valley League and took a 36-6 loss, said coach Matt Miranda.

“Ryker Roberts scored the touchdown,” Miranda said of avoiding the shutout on the road.



Thursday night at The Corral, the freshmen defeated visiting Sierra, 38-8.

“Offense was moving the ball well most of the game. Our running attack was led by Troy Fleming. Our passing game was highlighted by Carson Lamb,” said coach Chris Lawrence. “Our defense played well. We were able to get them off the field most of the game. Joseph Delte and Emilio Villegas both had good games on defense.”