Monday Oct 17 2011
Oak Ridge looks to play spoiler against top-ranked team
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
As disappointing as the loss to Sheldon was two weeks ago, an upset win Friday over area No. 1 Pleasant Grove would more than make up for it. Oak Ridge High’s varsity football team has the opportunity to play spoiler in their final regular season home game, but they know it won’t be easy. “Pleasant Grove is something else,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “There is a reason why they are the No. 1 team and it’s evident when you watch them. They’re big and strong where you want to be big and strong and they’re athletic and fast where you want to be athletic and fast. They’re also well coached. They don’t do anything that’s not solid. They play the game very well.” The Trojans will need to play their absolute best to stay with the Eagles, let alone win the game. It starts with defending the run, as Mark Jenkins is back for his senior season. Jenkins rushed for 210 yards against the Trojans last year during Pleasant Grove’s 49-3 victory, a game in which they didn’t complete a pass. Oak Ridge did improve its passing attack last week against Ponderosa. In Dylan Collie’s second start of the season subbing for the injured Jason Samuels, Collie completed 11-of-21 passes and threw two touchdowns. He will need to at the very least put up similar numbers or better for the Trojans to have a chance against Pleasant Grove.