Big win over Rocklin gives Trojans momentum

By: Matt Long
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Coming off a huge win over Rocklin on Friday, one of the top teams in the Sacramento area, Oak Ridge High must re-focus and get ready for Cordova. The Trojans have to be riding high about the 29-22 win over the Thunder. Not only is Rocklin a strong team, but also the Thunder had defeated the Trojans two straight years and Oak Ridge finally earned a bit of payback. “It’s good to play a quality opponent and to beat them,” Oak Ride coach Eric Cavaliere said. “I was happy that we competed well, played physical football and stuck to our scheme. “More than anything else, this win give us momentum. Last year we started off 0-3 and two years ago we were 0-4 so this is nice. It makes it a little easier for the kids to come to practice with some bounce in their step.” The Trojans (2-0) came up with two late defensive stops against Rocklin, recovering a fumble at their own one-yard line and making an interception on the last play of the game to defeat the Thunder. Defensive lineman Andrew Sylvester forced the fumble and Sean Osborn recovered the ball just a short yard away from their end zone to stop one Thunder (1-1) drive. And Dustin Fretwell intercepted Austin Tautu as time expired to seal the win. Oak Ridge struggled at times to stop Rocklin and its Boise State-bound quarterback Jimmy Laughrea. But Laughrea, who threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, suffered a concussion and didn’t play the last two drives. While the Trojans defense was up-and-down, the offense fired on all cylinders. Quarterback Will Tostenson had a phenomenal game completing 16-of-17 passes for 227 yards and three scores. Ryan Adams scored three times for the Trojans and also played outstanding on defense, showing his versatility. Next up for Oak Ridge is Cordova on the road Friday. "It's a typical Cordova team; they're highly athletic and have speed where you want to be fast," Cavaliere said. "They play hard and they're tough kids. They throw the ball a bit more than they did in the past. They have a mobile quarterback that throws a great ball." Rocklin JV 20, Oak Ridge 17 The Thunder scored 14 unanswered points to send the Trojans (1-1) to their first loss of the season. Jericho Hallare and Blake Martin each had rushing touchdowns for Oak Ridge. “We put three good quarters together,” Oak Ridge junior varsity coach Ron Short said. “I’m glad this happened. It’s a good lesson you have to play four quarters. We have good kids and good athletes. I really like our kids.” Matt Mills contributed to this story.