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Oak Ridge fans 'Meet the Trojans' at El Dorado Hills Town Center

By: Nick Pecoraro, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Town Center in El Dorado Hills played host to the ‘Meet the Trojans’ event for the Oak Ridge High football program. Scores of supporters were on hand for the introductions of the 2012 Trojan squads in the amphitheater area just outside of Bistro 33 on Saturday. Players and coaches of all levels of the Trojan football program were available for handshakes and autographs for this year’s panoramic team photos. Varsity head coach Eric Cavaliere took the microphone to give thanks and share his appreciation for the support that the program was shown. “It’s a great way to kickstart the year and generate some interest in our program and some excitement for the season,” said Cavaliere, who is entering his sixth season at the helm for Oak Ridge. After a 7-5 finish last season, which included their first Division I playoff victory, the Trojans are in search of their first Delta River League crown since their realignment from the Sierra Valley Conference in 2010. “If you can win the Delta River League, that makes you one of the top teams in northern California,” said Cavaliere. “We have a great group that we’re very proud of. A lot of guys have stepped up into roles that they’re a little inexperienced in but they’re taking advantage of their opportunities and they’re doing just fine. We have great team chemistry. The kids want to work hard for each other. They want to play together and their team mentality is their biggest strength. Our mantra is to win our league.” After a performance from the varsity cheerleading squad, each team was introduced out of the Trojan helmet from the Mighty Mites all the way up to the varsity team, which had each of its players introduced individually. “It’s a good chance for the community to come out and support us,” said senior Jason Samuels, who will be taking the snaps for Oak Ridge this season. “We’ve got potential to be pretty good this year. We’ve got some young guys that are going be pretty good for us. We’re pretty sound on offense, throwing and running the ball and I think we’re going be pretty competitive in league.” The Trojans have been practicing and conditioning since May and just began full-padded practices last week. The first game is on the road against Vista del Lago on Aug. 24. The first home game is set for Sept. 8 against Washington High School of Fremont. * * * OPENER When: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 At: Vista del Lago