Friday Night Football

Trojans dismantle Golden Eagles, 44-24

By: Matt Mills/Telegraph Correspondent
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To say the Oak Ridge football team’s offense is clicking on all cylinders may be an understatement. The Trojans coaching staff knew their offense had great potential, but after the first four weeks of the high school football season potential is being met and surpassed. Oak Ridge rolled up 522 yards of total offense, including 338 yards rushing as the Trojans hammered area power Del Oro of Loomis 44-24 Friday night. “Our offense has been consistent all year,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “We have a great quarterback, running backs and wide receivers. We really can keep teams off-balance.” It wasn’t just the specialty players who impressed for the Trojans (4-0). The offensive and defensive lines were dominant against a Del Oro team, known for its physical play and a team that advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game last season. The offensive line of Jason Chapman, Joe Chapman, Russ Richardson, Chad Brockman, Ricky Obregon and tight end Xavier Lopez led the way for a rushing attack that ran for 338 yards, 227 of which belonged to Jordan Mantanane. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns in a variety of runs, which included amazing moves and lower-your-shoulder brute toughness. “Jordan runs hard on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in practice, and then runs hard on Friday night,” Cavaliere said. “He is just a bruiser.” While Matanane was leading the ground game, quarterback Will Tostenson was efficient and deadly, completing 11-of-16 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. The senior also ran for a score. Not to be outdone, wide receiver Willie Tucker caught six passes for 141 yards and was on the receiving end of all three of Tostenson’s touchdowns. “When Jordan runs like that it open up our passing game,” Tostenson said. “And our lines played great. They get underestimated, but our interior line is one of the best in the area.” After Del Oro (1-3) started out the game running well in the first quarter, the Oak Ridge defense came to life and put a performance equal to that of the offense. During one stretch of the second half the Trojans allowed the Golden Eagles only six offensive plays. The defensive line of DeQuarius Leggett, Andrew Sylvester, Lopez and linebackers Ryan Adams, Matt Stewart, Sean Osborn and Preston Dean were dominant against a Del Oro offensive line considered one of the best in the area. “The whole game started with our front seven; we were not going to let them run,” Cavaliere said. “We knew we had to win the physical battle.” Oak Ridge has a bye next week before hosting Fairfield on Oct. 1 at 7:15 p.m. Oak Ridge JV 36, Del Oro JV 35 – Bryon Spain caught a touchdown pass from Jason Samuels with one minute left and Ross Dwelley hauled in the two-point conversion as the Trojans (3-1) stunned the Golden Eagles. After Del Oro got the ball back, defensive lineman Jacob Proul sealed the victory when he recovered a fumble with less than 30 second left on the clock. “This is huge for us,” Oak Ridge coach Ron Short said. “The whole squad reached deep tonight and showed a lot of heart.”