Oakmont shuts out El Camino in electric home-opener

By: Nick Pecoraro
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The Oakmont Vikings are trying to escape the label of “average” in 2018. After finishing 5-5 in each of the past two seasons, head coach Tim Moore and company are looking for a fresh start before heading into the new Foothill Valley League.


If Friday night against El Camino was any indication of what’s in store for this group of Vikings, then Oakmont is well on its way to emphatically ripping that label.


The Vikings scored 15 first-quarter points and 21 more in the second, all while the defense pitched a shutout en route to a 45-0 pounding of El Camino at Oakmont High School in the Zero Week opener.


A little bit of trickery helped Oakmont extend a 7-0 lead when receiver Seth Miller’s 37-yard pass to Joseph Mintmier reached the end zone. A two-point conversion made it 15-0 in the first quarter.


Running back Jordan Green had a 2-yard rushing touchdown before Mintmier scored on a pick-six -- his first of two interceptions in the second quarter. Mintmier was also 5-for-5 on extra point tries. Miller then ran one in from 18 yards out for 21 second-quarter Oakmont points, making it 36-0 before the half.


The Vikings’ defense upped their efforts in the third quarter with a safety, making it 38-0.


Tight end Parker Verducci, with a 2-yard barrel into the end zone, capped the scoring at 45-0 with four minutes to play.


The Vikings join fellow former Capital Valley Conference rival Ponderosa, Nevada Union from the Sierra Foothill League, Rio Linda from the Tri-County Conference and Placer and Lincoln from the Pioneer Valley League.


Up next for the Vikings is cross-town rival Roseville, who won a 52-46 shootout at Bear Creek in Stockton Friday. The Tigers and the Vikings have played each other in each of the past 12 seasons, with Oakmont winning just two of those contests.