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Mustangs buck Lancers
East Union’s Ryanh Somphithack breaks loose for positive yardage Friday in the Lancers’ loss to Oakdale. - photo by Ike Dodson
East Union High football coach, Mike James, didn’t need to comb The Corral with a metal detector and headphones to find the reason for his teams’ 63-21 defeat at the hands of the reigning co-Valley Oak League champions.

He saw the subject of the Lancers’ one-sided demise – five turnovers – play out just a few feet from his sideline post.

Quarterback Teejay Gordon lost a first quarter fumble when he collided with an official, tossed two interceptions and watched the Lancers cough up two more loose balls in East Union’s fourth game of the Valley Oak League season (2-2).

“Tonight was our worst effort as far as putting that ball on the ground,” James said. “You cannot give Oakdale short fields. They are way too powerful to give a short field that many times.

The Mustang offense bullied to 434 total yards, 382 from a potent rushing attack that opened a 21-0 Mustang lead after three turnovers on East Union’s first three drives of the game.

The Lancers bounced back with big strikes from Gordon to Robert Vaughn, before Gordon could connect with T.J. Williams for a 31-yard strike into the end zone with six minutes, 27 seconds to play in the opening half.

Gordon (16 for 26, 216 yards) found Vaughn (six catches, 158 yards) on a 40-yard pass to the Oakdale one yard-line to open the third quarter. Steven Gigli (10 rushes, 33 yards) punched it in for a 35-14 third quarter deficit, and watched Tyler Hardesty score with 4:46 to play from the same distance out.

East Union rolled to 348 yards of offense in the contest.

The Lancers hosts Kimball of Tracy at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

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