El Camino picks apart Placer to win Oakmont passing tournament

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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One cool thing about a 7-on-7 passing tournament, Oakmont High School football coach Tim Moore says, is that points are awarded for interceptions.

Placer threw two or three too many, and El Camino nipped the Hillmen on July 14 for the championship in the Oakmont Viking 7 on 7 Passing Tournament as a result.

El Camino and Placer were the last two of 10 teams standing in the tournament that began July 13 with pool play and served as a last competition before the start of the CIF dead period.

“All the schools really enjoyed it,” Moore said. “They felt like it was run real well.”

Host Oakmont and El Camino each went 3-1 in their pool, but the Eagles won a tiebreaker to earn the top seed for bracket play. The Vikings led El Camino by two scores in their pool game Friday, but the Eagles came back to win 21-20.

“That was crushing, because we were pretty much dominating for the first 30 minutes,” Moore said. “They’re very, very talented. They have a couple of good players.”

Placer went 4-0 in the other pool and defeated Oakmont in the semifinals. El Camino beat Woodcreek in the other semifinal.

Moore said Vikings quarterback Taylor Laird was “outstanding” and connected with Justin Holmes throughout the weekend.

“That was a lot of fun to watch those two guys keep growing and understanding each other,” Moore said, adding that Jordan Naad, Tanner Dolby and Justin Hyde played well on defense.