A big part of the Vacaville Wing-T offense is deception with all the backs running around and fake handoffs from the quarterback, but none of it deceived Oak Ridge Friday night.
The Trojans led 21-0 early in the second quarter before Vacaville managed to pick up a first down. Oak Ridge doubled its score before it was all said and done, and defeated Vacaville, 42-0.
“The coaches put a good plan together, and then the defensive line held their ground and let everyone make plays,” senior linebacker Sam Sanders said. “I never underestimate an opponent, and expect a dogfight every week. I wasn’t expecting a shutout.”
Added coach Eric Cavaliere, “I give credit to my defensive staff, who put together a great game plan which didn’t start this week, but over the summer, and it paid off. The second part of that is that the kids went out and executed that plan.”
The Oak Ridge defense got things started when Zach Welch recovered a fumble on the second play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Nathan Addleman scored the first of three rushing touchdowns to put the Trojans in front. Addleman scored from three yards out, on a 10-yard run, and another three-yard run, as three touchdowns in their first four possessions gave the Trojans a 21-0 lead.
Quarterback Matt Jenner also scored on a 26-yard run late in the half, as the Trojans held a 28-0 advantage at the break.
The second half belonged to Avant Jacobs. The junior wide receiver electrified the crowd with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the third quarter. Jacobs made the first few defenders miss on tackle attempts with some shifty moves and then raced down the sideline for a touchdown. Late in the quarter, Jacobs caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Justin Lamson to account for the last points of the game.
“We haven’t had a punt return for a touchdown like that since Austin Collie played here,” Cavaliere said. “He looked like he was on another level. He also made a great catch earlier in the game, and made another great play on a deep ball. The best part is he’s only a junior.”
RJ Ramirez intercepted a pass late in the game to secure the shutout.
Oak Ridge quarterback Matt Jenner had another efficient game, completing seven-of-nine passes for 152 yards. Jacobs caught four passes for 112 yards and a score, while Sawyer Merrill caught five passes for 105 yards. Addleman gained 40 yards rushing, while Jenner gained 32 yards and Lamson, 25 yards.
“It’s only our second game, and we’ve got a long way to go, but we’ve improved from last week,” Cavaliere said.