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Trojans suffer first loss, fall to Sheldon, 32-30

By: Matt Mills/Telegraph Correspondent
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Last season the Sheldon Huskies ended Oak Ridge’s season in the first-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. On Friday, it was the Huskies again stunning the Trojans in sending Oak Ridge to its first loss of the season, 32-30. It what will go down as a classic, Oak Ridge had a chance to tie the game with 1:42 left but were turned away on a two-point conversion when a Will Tostenson pass was deflected and Dylan Collie could not hang on. Oak Ridge got the ball back one final time with 14 seconds left but was stopped near midfield as time expired. The story of the night was Sheldon senior running back Davonte Lynch, the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks running back and former University of California star Marshawn Lynch. The senior rushed for 257 yards and a touchdown and seemingly always was breaking a tackle or somehow finding his way through three-or-four Trojans defenders. “You look at the kid and he looks like a cross-country kid or a lightweight wrestler,” Sheldon coach Josh Crabtree said. “But the kid is phenomenal.” The Huskies (3-3 overall, 1-0 Delta River League) rushed for 449 yards as Kaikoa Oyao had 104 yards and a score to lead a powerful ground attack. “We knew their backs were talented,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “I’m not surprised how good they are. We had lack of intensity and a lack of making the big play on defense.” Lynch had six runs for more than 20 yards in front of his older brother, who came to watch him play, and forced the Trojans to play catch-up in a contest where Oak Ridge (5-1, 0-1) never led. “We moved the ball, we completed passes, and the offense performed,” Cavaliere said. “But tonight we could not tackle and guys were not finishing.” The Trojans offense was prolific as usual led by Jordan Matanane who rushed for a tough and gritty 174 yards and three touchdowns. Tostenson threw for 246 yards and Willie Tucker had 114 yards receiving and spectacular diving touchdown catch in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough. “We knew this game was going to be close like last year,” Cavaliere said. “There are no easy games in this league. If you are not ready to play, you will come up short.” Oak Ridge will try and pick up its first ever Delta River League win on Friday night when they host traditional rival Ponderosa at Oak Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Oak Ridge JV 42, Sheldon JV 16 – Bryon Spain, Jericho Hallare, Blake Martin, Keaton Subjeck, Brad Buenzli all scored for the Trojans (5-1, 1-0) in a easy victory. The offensive line of Kareem Ballal, Chandler Christy, Cory Gregersen, Tyler Baker, Jacob Proul and Ross Dwelley led the way for Oak Ridge. “Football is simple, its about blocking and tackling,” Oak Ridge junior varsity coach Ron Short said. “And we dominated all those aspects tonight.”