Five unanswered scores lead Woodcreek to 34-7 rout of OakmontBy: Garrett Phillpott■of the Press Tribune
The week two cross-town football showdown between the host Oakmont High Vikings and visiting Timberwolves from Woodcreek played out like a classic boxing match in the first quarter Friday.
Oakmont’s Tresten Keys knocked Woodcreek to the canvas with a gutsy halfback pass to set up his 27-yard change-of-direction touchdown in the opening quarter.
The Timberwolves rose to their feet with a 99-yard kickoff return by Malcolm Thomas on the ensuing play and never stopped connecting.
Woodcreek scored five unanswered touchdowns en route to a 34-7 blowout of the Vikings in front of a boisterous “Black Mob” student cheering section.
“Our team played really well tonight,” junior starting linebacker Matt Miller said. “We played for our seniors, and when you play your hardest, this is how it turns out.”
Thomas scored with with 8:08 remaining in the first quarter to tie the game up to 7-7. Soon after, the Timberwolves struck again when junior running back Anthony Mahr trotted into the end zone from four yards out
“I’m feeling really good,” Mahr said. “The line is doing a great job of creating holes for me.
“Everything seems to be working really well for us.”
Timberwolves (3-0) struck again as senior quarterback Isaiah Harborth connected with Thomas for a 17-yard score and a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. After an interception by Miller, Harborth found senior tight end Jared Rice for a 5-yard touchdown and 28-7 halftime lead.
Woodcreek put the game out of reach when Harborth found Thomas for an 18-yard score with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter.
Mahr and second-string back Valentino Pulete combined for over 200 yards on the ground.
Woodcreek coach Kyle Stowers saw room for improvement after the slow start.
“We played sloppy,” Stowers said. “We’re making a lot of mistakes that we have to clean up before we play a good Ponderosa team next week.
“I’ll give our kids credit. They battled. Isaiah Harborth threw the ball well, and of course, Malcolm is Malcolm.”
After giving praise to his senior leaders, Stowers showed some love to juniors Mahr and Miller as well.
“A lot of people don’t know those names. Matt Miller has lead our team in tackles so far this season, and him and Mahr are just tough football players.”
Oakmont’s Keys, a senior, was animated after his hot start, but accounted for most of the Vikings offense until a few big passes by sophomore quarterback Jake Knapp in the final moments of the game.
Keys played some quarterback in a five-wide, spread formation in the second half, but it didn’t prove successful.
“I just wanted to start off the best way possible,” Keys said. “The divisions to us don’t mean anything. You can tell in the first quarter that we were hanging with them.”
Oakmont coach Tim Moore said he expected his D2 team to start strong, but admitted the squad was undersized against D1 Woodcreek.
“We lost at the line of scrimmage today,” Moore said. “(Woodcreek) has a really good offensive and defensive line.
“I’m proud of my boys, because the effort level and focus was there. We didn’t think this would happen but hey, we got Casa next week.”
Oakmont (1-1) is at Casa Roble Sept. 19. The Rams (1-2) lost to Woodcreek by the same 34-7 score last week and fell 47-10 to Inderkum Friday.
Woodcreek has its home opener against Ponderosa (2-0) Sept. 19.
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