Oak Ridge running back Davin Simmons, No. 3, takes a handoff from quarterback Marco Baldacchino. Photo by Ike Dodson

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Trojans move to 5-0 with 42-14 win over Woodcreek

By October 06, 2017

By Ike Dodson

ROSEVILLE — Friday’s 28-point Sierra Foothill League win didn’t come down to any necessary heroics, but since life in one of the state’s toughest football conferences certainly will, Oak Ridge used big situations to achieve big results, beating Woodcreek 42-14 in the process.

The Trojans (5-0) were 2 of 2 on fourth-down conversion attempts and stopped Woodcreek (1-5) on three desperate bids to extend drives. Oak Ridge also recovered two fumbles and scored a touchdown on every drive until the final minutes of a running clock in the fourth quarter.

The real sensational stuff happened with only one minute to play in the first half. Despite a sack and a false start, Oak Ridge marched 68 yards in 10 plays, scoring as time expired when Marco Baldocchino found Matt Jenner for an eight-yard strike in the corner of the end zone.

The play earlier, Baldocchino tagged Austin Jarrard on a 25-yard jump ball that he wrenched down in traffic.

“Those scramble plays make the game more fun,” Baldocchino said. “I throw it up, make my guys go get it and it’s us having a good time out here.

“We know what we got to do and get out of here, but that makes it fun.”

Baldocchino ended 13 of 18 for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 50 yards and two scores.

Woodcreek had opened the contest by recovering an onside kick, but after Oak Ridge held on downs, Baldocchino ran for a 48-yard score to steal momentum.

“We came into this week prepared like any other week,” Baldocchino added. “We kind of started slow, but we executed and got the job done.

Jarrard had five grabs for 104 yards and a 29-yard score. He was always covered, usually pretty well, but he squared his shoulders to his quarterback and made catches near-impossible to defend. Jarrard is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 220 pounds.

“You just got to go up and make big plays when it counts,” he said. “This is the SFL, and obviously everyone is good, and everyone is an athlete, but I think I have a pretty good size advantage on people, so I use my body to make plays.”

Justin Poerio had four catches for 60 yards and was robbed of a long score when officials ruled him out of bounds on a controversial call in the opening half.

“Offensively, when we needed to get first downs tonight, we did,” Cavalier said. “We got some big plays out of our receivers. Our QB did a good job of creating a little extra time and putting it in a spot where they could make those plays.”

Davin Simmons controlled the clock by rolling up first downs in the second half and finished with 11 carries for 44 yards and two scores.

Woodcreek did out-gain Oak Ridge 316-298 in total yards, dominated possession with 60 plays to Oak Ridge’s 40 and tallied two more first downs, but a chunk of that was achieved in a running clock against Trojan reserves. The two lost fumbles and three failed fourth-down conversion attempts didn’t help either.

Oak Ridge will prepare for stout matchups in consecutive weeks to continue league play. The Trojans host Rocklin (4-1) Friday and are at Granite Bay (5-1) the following week. Del Oro (4-2) looms on Oct. 20.

Special to Village Life

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