ORHS defensive back Avant Jacobs picks off a pass from the Lincoln quarterback during Thursday's playoff game. Village Life photo by Mark Studyvin


Trojans roll over Lincoln

By From page A3 | November 15, 2017

It doesn’t matter who starts for Oak Ridge High School.

As the old football adage goes it’s the next man up when someone goes down with an injury.

Marco Baldacchino and Davin Simmons were on the sidelines nursing injuries as their backups helped dismantle Lincoln High School of Stockton by a score of 63-12 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Football Playoff Division I tournament on Nov. 9.

Oak Ridge Trojan Juniors Matt Jenner and Cooper Crick took the helm of Troy’s offense, steering it to a first-round victory over the Lincoln Trojans.

“I’m really proud of the way those individuals and the whole team stepped up,” said head coach Eric Cavaliere. “We had a couple of guys go down last week against Folsom and had another one go down early on Thursday night. And guys just stepped up into those roles. The whole team rallied and picked up their game. It was one of the more enjoyable games we had this year in terms of getting a lot of kids in and a lot of kids playing well.”

Jenner threw for five touchdowns on 12 of 21 passes for 314 yards and Crick passed for two more touchdown strikes with Baldacchino out recovering from a strained knee.

Baldacchino, Simmons, starting center Bailey Smith and Devin Kemp have all suffered injuries over the course of the last two weeks. Kemp tore his ACL and is done on the field for the season while the other injuries are day to day.

Trojan junior running back Nathan Addleman led all rushers with 19 carries for 74 yards for one touchdown carry in relief of Simmons when he went down early with an injury in the game. Wide receiver Austin Jarrard caught two of Jenner’s scoring tosses of 67 and 69 yards.

The offense posted a 14-point lead in the first quarter then stretched it to a commanding 35-12 lead by half-time, and the defense stymied the Lincoln offense allowing them to only score in the second period.

Nate Otto led the team with 11 tackles and two pass defenses. Hayden Nabers racked up five tackles and two sacks while Sam Sanders and Avant Jacobs each recorded an interception. Nathan Addleman notched five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.

“Our defense just played great all year,” Cavaliere said. “Everybody likes to look at offenses when evaluating teams. But, I’ll tell you our defense — I haven’t see a better defense all year.”

The Trojans will face Gregori High School of Modesto in the second-round of the playoffs, hosting the game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The Gregori Jaguars defeated Franklin High School 45-20 in its first postseason game. The Jaguars finished the regular season undefeated to capture the Modesto Metro Conference with an overall record of 11-0 and 6-0 in its league.

Mark Studyvin

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