Thursday Oct 12 2017
Oakmont's magic number is two
By: Jorden P. Hales, Reporter
With a win against Bella Vista last week, the Vikings have moved themselves close to the playoff picture.
Oakmont running back Ayden Kuehn wears his team's magic number, two.
With this many wins, the Vikings will put themselves in position to qualify for the playoffs, something no member of the school's current student body has witnessed an Oakmont football team do.
A pick-6 from strong safety Seth Miller set the tone in the team's 57-0 homecoming blowout against Bella Vista last Friday and the Vikings hope they can continue to roll against Whitney this week.
"He played one of the best games I've ever seen from a safety," quarterback Colton Baron proclaimed. "The homecoming crowd was rocking, too. I'm glad we were able to get the (win) for them.
With the defense holding the Broncos scoreless, Baron and his offensive counterparts were free to spread the wealth. Every running back on the Oakmont roster produced a touchdown in the win.
"Every game our defense has played well, but it was nice for our offense to get out there," the senior quarterback admitted. "Everyone got a taste of the varsity feel. Everyone was gelling together, special teams, offense and defense."
Oakmont will have a much tougher task hosting Whitney this week. The Wildcats currently sit at 2-1 in CVC play and while ineligible for playoff participation due to offseason violations, will be looking to spoil league-mates seasons.
The Vikings, however, are not discouraged or intimidated by the challenge of stiffer competition.
"We've shown that our team can put up a fight with anyone in our league," said Jacob Schafer, senior middle linebacker. "This season we've played the best teams in the league well."
"This is probably the most important game of the season," Baron said. "We need to make sure we get that playoff spot...We've been thinking about that ever since the summer, really. This program hasn't had a winning tradition in a while, but the past three years, we've been coming up. We don't want to get caught looking too far into the future, but that's what we want."
Oakmont will place emphasis on its offense against the Wildcats, as they are known employ an explosive passing game.
"Whitney is the kind of team that likes to air it out," Baron said, referencing the added incentive he will have to look deep this week. "I'll kind of have to match them a little bit. It all depends on how our defense plays."
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:15 p.m.