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Trojans no match for Eagles, lose 49-3

By: Matt Mills/Gold Country News Service
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It started so well for Oak Ridge. Daniel Portela recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff. Sean Osborn came up with an interception a few minutes later. Despite the fast start on special teams and defense, Oak Ridge could only score three points from two early Pleasant Grove turnovers. And from there, it was a nightmare for the Trojans. The Trojans couldn’t stop Eagles’ running back Mark Jenkins. The usually prolific Oak Ridge offense never got going, and when the final gun sounded Pleasant Grove scored 49 unanswered points in defeating the Trojans 49-3 on Friday night. “That was just an old-fashioned butt-kicking,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “We had a little momentum in the beginning and we couldn’t put the ball away in the end zone and they just took it back right away.” Jenkins rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles (8-0 overall, 3-0 Delta River League) who remained undefeated on the season. Jenkins scored on runs of three, five, 31 and four yards as the junior was as good as advertised. “He is absolutely as good as I thought,” Cavaliere said. “He is slippery and just squirts through the holes.” It wasn’t just Jenkins who did in the Trojans. Pleasant Grove’s defense held Oak Ridge to just 167 yards of total offense. Jordan Matanane had only 83 yards rushing, Will Tostenson threw for just 41 yards and was intercepted three times and Willie Tucker had one reception for six yards. “This was just not our night,” Tucker said. “We had a great week of practice, but we just got pushed around.” Oak Ridge (6-2, 1-2) now must regroup as they finish their season with a home game against Jesuit next Friday and then will close the season against Folsom. The Trojans know a split will likely see them in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Two wins and they will for sure be competing in the second season. Oak Ridge players, coaches and fans don’t even want to think about two losses to close the year. “The formula remains the same for us,” Cavaliere said. “We have to have a great week of practice and we have to out-physical the other team. This can’t happen again. They put seven guys in the box and stopped our running game tonight. Then they had four guys to cover our receivers.” Tucker echoed the statements of his coach as he looks forward to the last two weeks of the regular season. “We have the capability to win these last two games,” the senior receiver said. “We just have to come out focused and put this behind us.” Oak Ridge JV 28, Pleasant Grove JV 13 – Blake Martin scored a pair of touchdowns as the Trojans (7-1, 3-0) won their sixth straight game to set-up a showdown for the league championship on Friday night against Jesuit. “We are looking forward to it next week,” Oak Ridge junior varsity coach Ron Short said. “We took care of business tonight. Next week will be the game of the season. When we play somebody we know is good we usually rise to the occasion.” Jericho Hallare and Keaton Subjeck scored Oak Ridge’s other two touchdowns.