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Cougars strike early before Oakdale’s rally to blowout

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POSTED September 30, 2017 1:54 a.m.

STOCKTON — Weston Ranch High offensive coordinator Dustin Allen had double duty during Friday’s 59-18 loss to Valley Oak League power Oakdale.
He had the tall order of filling in for head coach Seth Davis, who is out with an illness.
“We just had to adapt to the situation,” said Allen, who saw a few bright spots from his young Cougars.
Junior quarterback Amier Bowen completed 15 of his 21 passes for 197 yards while often feeling the pressure from the Mustangs’ defensive line led by Matt Kjeldgaard.
His first pass was a 62-yard scoring strike on the run to Larry Fairbanks on the Cougars’ third play from scrimmage.
“I thought it was big for us, as far as confidence, to score like that against their starters,” Allen said.
Unfortunately, Oakdale (2-0 VOL, 4-1 overall) had already done one better, scoring on the very first play. Cameron Cherry swept left, following his convoy of blockers during his 54-yard dash.
After Weston Ranch (0-2, 1-4) responded with a quick score — the Cougars still trailed 7-6 within the first two minutes of the game due to missed conversion — the Mustangs found paydirt once again. Josh Jacobson went straight up the middle for the 48-yard score.
Oakdale also showed it could grind out a drive, with Cherry bulldozing his way into end zone on the short yardage situation.
Weston Ranch was able to mount another drive to red zone, only to turn the ball over on downs.
Jacobson once again found running room up the gut, racing 85 yards on his second touchdown.
When Levi Ichord recovered a fumble at midfield, Cherry cashed in on the Cougars’ turnover with a 20-yard score.
Cherry (13 carries, 132 yards) and Jacobson (2-133) accounted for more than half of the Mustangs’ 489 total yards.
Oakdale went into the break with a commanding 46-6 advantage.
Down but not quite out, Weston Ranch opened up the second half — entirely a running clock as agreed upon by both coaches — with Fletcher Pitts eluding the kick-off coverage for a 97-yard touchdown.
Bowen also scored, scrambling and racing 14 yards to the end zone.
“We competed to the end,” said Allen. “That showed me still had a lot of heart.”

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