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Friday Night Football

Trojans upset Rocklin, 29-22

By: Matt Mills, Telegraph Correspondent
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ROCKLIN – The Oak Ridge football team knows that winning close games will be vital as its gets ready for play in the tough Delta River League. So a match-up Friday night with defending Northern California and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion Rocklin was a perfect way to get ready for later in the season. The Trojans (2-0) came up with two late defensive stops, recovering a fumble at their own one-yard line and making an interception on the last play of the game to defeat the Thunder 29-22. Defensive lineman Andrew Sylvester forced the fumble and Sean Osborn recovered the ball just a short yard away from their end zone to stop one Thunder (1-1) drive. And Dustin Fretwell intercepted Austin Tautu as time expired to seal the win. “It was a heck of time to make a play,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “We have to learn to win close games and learn to finish.” Oak Ridge struggled at times to stop Rocklin and its Boise State-bound quarterback Jimmy Laughrea. But Laughrea, who threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, suffered a concussion and didn’t play the last two drives. While the Trojans defense was up-and-down, the offense fired on all cylinders. Quarterback Will Tostenson had a phenomenal game completing 16-of-17 passes for 227 yards and three scores. Ryan Adams scored three times for the Trojans and also played outstanding on defense, showing his versatility. “He’s a beast,” said Cavaliere, of Adams. “He’s a strength and conditioning guy. And on defense he was in the backfield all night long.” Adams scored on a 12 and nine-yard pass from Tostenson and also had a one-yard touchdown run. He was one of five different targets found by Tostenson. “My rhythm was really on.” Tostenson said. “The plays the coaches called were exactly what we needed.” Tostenson’s favorite target was Willie Tucker who caught five passes for 101 yards. Jordan Matanane rushed for 93 yards and also caught a 27-yard touchdown as the Trojans had 381 yards of total offense. “Will is a very talented kid,” Cavaliere said. “Coach Mark Watson has done an amazing job with him.” Rocklin JV 20, Oak Ridge 17 – The Thunder scored 14 unanswered points to send the Trojans (1-1) to their first loss of the season. Jericho Hallare and Blake Martin each had rushing touchdowns for Oak Ridge. “We put three good quarters together,” Oak Ridge junior varsity coach Ron Short said. “I’m glad this happened. It’s a good lesson you have to play four quarters. We have good kids and good athletes. I really like our kids.”