Oak Ridge Jr. Trojans
Jr. Trojans 16, Del Oro 0
Riding a solid ground game, a stout defense and precision special teams play, the Oak Ridge Jr. Trojan Peewees notched a 16-0 victory over the Del Oro Jr. Golden Eagles Saturday at Oak Ridge High School.
The first-place Trojans (8-0) won the battle in the trenches, holding the vaunted Golden Eagle offense to less than 70 total yards on the day, including just eight total yards in the second half.
After an EJ Delwiche interception, the Trojans capped a sustained drive late in the second quarter when Jack Slaughter caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Delwiche. Tanner Beasy added the two-point conversion kick to stake the Trojans to an 8-0 lead at the half.
Oak Ridge controlled the ball and dominated field position throughout the second half. The Trojans padded their lead when Beasy returned an interception 16 yards for touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Beasy’s PAT kick made the score 16-0. Beasy intercepted another Del Oro (5-3) pass on the next drive to seal the Oak Ridge victory.
Julian Dardano led the Trojan rushing attack with 103 yards on 22 carries, and Beasy added 42 yards on two carries.
The Oak Ridge offensive line of Jackson Redhair, Dean Brower, Sam Sanders, Shane Semeit, Matt Murphy, Hunter Dempsey, Matt Grimenstein, Jalen Mitchell and Jake Dyer paced the Trojan offensive effort against a much bigger Golden Eagle line, while Haiden Kusserow, Slaughter, Bryce Kimball and Grayson Maris provided solid run-lead from the backfield and receiver slots.
The defense was led by Jack Topping, Noah Jenkins, Kase Loso, Chase Wessling, Jackson Smith, Ethan Peters and Peter Cotsirilos, while defensive backs Trevor Barbosa, Nate Kettering, Cole Ramsey, Beasy, Sawyer Merrill, Evan Miranda, Nicholas Norton, Matt Hauser and Colby Anderson added key play stops throughout the day.
After a forthcoming bye week, the Peewee Trojans host 8-0 Sacramento at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3.