Trojans rout Galt, 51-24, claim league title

By: Staff Report
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After a 51-24 win over Galt on Friday, Oak Ridge has clinched the Sierra Valley Conference title. With Vista’s 16-0 loss to Union Mine, Oak Ridge, 5-0 in the SVC and 6-3 overall, has a two-game lead, meaning even if they are upset by Ponderosa next week, the Trojans will still have the league championship all to themselves. Jordan Matanane rushed for 204 yards and scored five touchdowns in leading the Trojans to the big win on the road. Quarterback Connor Benander completed 11-of-16 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown, while Robbie Beyer caught six passes for 86 yards. The defense also found the end zone on Friday, as Dustin Fretwell picked up a fumbled ball and returned it 51 yards for a score. “Galt came out early and controlled the clock, but we adjusted and our offense scored almost every time they had the ball,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “Defensively, we held them to only one touchdown in the second half.” The Warriors took an early 3-0 lead, but the first of Matanane’s five touchdowns, followed later by a 34-yard field goal by Beyer, put Oak Ridge in front 10-3 after one quarter. The teams traded a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, Matanane scoring on a 65-yard run and Benander later finding Nick Buerki on a 29-yard score, and Oak Ridge held a 24-17 lead at halftime. The second half, however, belonged to Oak Ridge and the defense got it started with Fretwell’s fumble recovery for a touchdown. Leading 31-17 after three quarters, the Trojans and Matanane found the end zone three more times on short runs, as Oak Ridge pulled away for the convincing victory. “Jordan’s an amazing back,” Cavaliere said. “We’re fortunate to have two backs in Jordan and Jacob Allen, who we can give the ball to 30 times a game and can carry the load.” Oak Ridge closes out the regular season at Ponderosa next Friday.