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Oak Ridge inches closer to playoff berth with win over Jesuit

By: Matt Mills/Telegraph Correspondent
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In order to be eligible for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs a school must win two games in league play. With one victory coming into Friday night’s penultimate contest against Jesuit, Oak Ridge knew it had to come out on top to have a sniff at the second season. The Trojans did just that and took care of business quickly and emphatically. Oak Ridge scored on its first two offensive series in routing the visiting Marauders 51-15 on Friday. Will Tostenson was the one that got the Trojans off to a rip-roaring start, hitting Ryan Adams in the flat and Adams did the rest racing 75 yards for a touchdown. On Oak Ridge’s very next series the senior quarterback stepped up in the pocket and launched a perfect pass to Willie Tucker for a 49-yard score and from there the Trojans never looked back. “Our kids were really well prepared tonight,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “This was a playoff-like atmosphere for us and we were firing on all cylinders and good things happen when we do that.” Jesuit scored a touchdown to make it 14-7, but Oak Ridge went on to score the next 27 points to put the contest away. In that span, Tostenson threw two more touchdown passes to Adams again and Jordan Matanane. J.D. Smith kicked two field goals and then Preston Dean blocked a punt, picked it up and scampered 11 yards for another score. Dean would go on to score a 32-yard touchdown run and Smith kicked one more field goal as Oak Ridge’s offense had 513 yards of total offense. Tostenson completed 12-of-17 passes for 265 yards, Tucker had five receptions for 119 yards and Matanane rushed for 148 yards as the Trojans offense seemed very motivated. That motivation likely came from potential free food for any Oak Ridge player that scored a touchdown, courtesy of Beach Hut Deli, according to Cavaliere. But a quick start was just as imperative. “Getting off to fast start was very important,” Oak Ridge fullback and defensive end Ryan Adams said. “If we didn’t this game would have been a lot closer.” Oak Ridge will now attempt to earn a home playoff game as it hosts Delta River League champion and state-ranked Folsom on Friday. The Bulldogs (8-1, 4-0) clinched at least a share of the league with a 35-20 win over Pleasant Grove. “Right now we are undefeated at home and about 85 percent of us have been playing Folsom since we were junior peewees and they have always beat us,” Adams said. “If we can pull off an upset of them it will make our whole senior year.” Jesuit JV 22, Oak Ridge JV 19 – In a battle for the DRL championship it was the Marauders who prevailed in a thrilling contest. “They made plays when they needed too,” Oak Ridge JV coach Ron Short said. “Our kids played with heart and Oak Ridge passion. These kids have a great future.” Jason Samuels threw two touchdowns, one each to Ross Dwelley and Byron Spain and Blake Martin also had a touchdown run for Oak Ridge (7-2, 3-1).