Trojans impressive in win over LincolnBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Despite having a young and relatively inexperienced team, Oak Ridge looked strong in its season-opening game last Friday, whipping Lincoln to the tune of 56-20.
Not much went wrong for the Trojans, as Avant Jacobs gave the Trojans an early lead when he returned an interception for a score, and the team never looked back.
Quarterback Matt Jenner played a near-perfect game, as he completed 21-of-24 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Mitch Anderson led the team with 86 yards rushing and also scored on a 60-yard touchdown run. Sawyer Merrill caught nine of Jenner’s passes for 124 yards and two scores. Jacobs caught seven passes for 87 yards and also rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Nathan Addleman also rushed for a touchdown, while Tyler Jeppesen caught a TD pass.
Merrill also played a solid cornerback with six tackles, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Ryan Enney was in on six tackles, while Addleman also had an interception.
“It’s nice to get that first game under our belts,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “We had a lot of guys play their first varsity football game, and it’s nice to have that real-life data. Now we’ve got film to break down and we can see the areas we need to improve on and that’s what we’re going to do this week.”
Cavaliere was impressed with the play of Jenner, who only threw three incomplete passes, all three passes which hit the hands of the receivers, according to Cavaliere. The offensive line also played well, as Jenner was not sacked in the game.
With several players getting their first experience of varsity football, Cavaliere was happy with the play of some young guys as well.
“Mitch Anderson had a 60-yard touchdown run and finished with 86 yards rushing,” Cavaliere said. “Hunter Nabers started at outside linebacker and made several tackles and tipped the pass that Avant returned for a touchdown.”
The Trojans will now prepare for their home opener against Vacaville on Friday. The Bulldogs thought they had a victory a year ago against the Trojans, before Oak Ridge rallied for two late scores to win the game 24-23. Six straight losses to the Trojans in consecutive years, including last year’s loss on their home field, is more than enough motivation for Vacaville to play its best game in El Dorado Hills on Friday night.
“We were down by 13 points last year with three or four minutes to go and won it,” Cavaliere said. “They’re going to be ready for us. They’re a tough team and they play hard. Their offense is hard to play against. It’s going to be a tough game.”