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Trojans run over Sheldon, 63-7

Josh Wellman runs for four of team's seven rushing touchdowns
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Eric Cavaliere couldn’t have asked for a better performance out of his team on Friday night. Coming off a disappointing loss to Folsom, the Oak Ridge High football team got back to playing good football, as the Trojans jumped on Sheldon early and scored often in a 63-7 win. It was the team’s first win against Sheldon since joining the Delta River League three years ago and the first win at the Sheldon-Pleasant Grove stadium, as the team got two monkeys off their back in one win. “We needed to get off to a good start and we did and we executed well all game long,” Cavaliere said. “We brought our “A” game tonight.” Josh Wellman led the Trojans with four rushing touchdowns. Quarterbacks Jason Samuels and Jacob Sipes also had rushing touchdowns, as did running back Blake Martin. Samuels threw a touchdown pass to Byron Spain, while Cory Gregersen returned a fumbled backwards pass for 12 yards for another Oak Ridge score. “We had something to prove this week,” Wellman said. “We had a chip on our shoulder all week and we wanted to show people that we can do a lot more than we did against Folsom. This win is huge. A shout-out to the offensive line; I’ve never had four rushing touchdowns in a varsity game.” Wellman opened the scoring with a 26-yard run just 49 seconds into the game. The second score was Gregersen’s 12-yard return, and Wellman put the Trojans up 21-0 with a two-yard run and that’s how the first quarter ended. Oak Ridge scored three more times in the second quarter, starting with a six-yard pass from Jason Samuels to Byron Spain. Samuels followed with a one-yard run before Wellman scored his third touchdown on a four-yard run and a 42-0 Oak Ridge lead. Oak Ridge opened the scoring in the second half with a five-yard run by Blake Martin, before Sheldon got its only score of the game on an 89-yard kickoff return. Oak Ridge’s final score came on a 10-yard run by Wellman. After the game, Cavaliere summed up the game with one statement to his team. “We needed to get our mojo back this week and we did,” Cavaliere said. Oak Ridge’s junior varsity team picked up its first win in a month, beating Sheldon 21-6. Stephen Douglas scored two touchdowns, one on a 71-yard run, while Andrew Lackowski also scored. “It was a great defensive performance,” Oak Ridge coach Ron Short said. “We finally played with passion. It was an all-around team effort. It feels good; we needed a lift.” Dalton Santos, Nolan Book, Douglas, Griffin Prather and Tanner Emanuel led the defense, according to Short.