Tuesday Sep 08 2009
New coach, new system – new results?
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
Moore takes over the Oakmont football program
Although he is new to the top spot on the coaching staff, Oakmont’s new head coach Tim Moore is very familiar with the program. Elevated from his assistant position following the resignation of Dale Mortenson after last season, Moore has been busy working to change the attitude that surrounds his program. “There is a new excitement as the 2009 Oakmont football family takes the field,” Moore said. “I am a 1991 graduate of OHS so this is extra exciting for me lead my alma matter on to the field every Friday night for many years to come.” Coming off a 2-8 season in which they did not win a single Sierra Foothill League contest, the Vikings have some work to do, especially in that competitive league. With realignment sending Oakmont out of the SFL next year, the squad will like to finish up strong. “The SFL is an amazing league to compete in,” Moore said. “All six schools are some of the top schools in our region and every Friday night is like playing your cross-town rival. I’m excited to see how this league shakes out this year. There is never a dull moment.” Quarterback Alex Ford is back for his senior season, after missing the back half of last season with an injury. The senior will lead a unit running a whole new offense, as Moore has scrapped the fly look in favor of a version of the spread option system. “We feel that with this style of offense we can mold what we do around our players strengths,” Moore said. “Not many people remember the years when the Vikings were known for their very athletic strong-armed quarterbacks (Crosby Wehr, Jeff Dietrich, Ryan Perry-Smith) and passing attack. Some of the traditions that set Oakmont apart from other schools in the past will be rekindled.” Alex Cook will carry much of the running load for Oakmont, as he and Ford rely on an offensive line that includes 6-foot-2, 272-pound Brandon Peacock. Senior linebacker Andrew Tucker leads a solid defensive unit that includes a significant number of returning starters along with some talented younger athletes. Russell LeBard and Alex Gains provide talent and experience along the defensive front, and Henry Okoroike provides leadership in the secondary. Youngsters Nico Spino and Justin Caliste could make a difference on both sides of the ball as the Vikings look to create a new attitude and new results on their way out of the SFL. “I believe this team has the potential to do something very special,” Moore said. “Our success will be a direct result of the players’ belief in themselves, ability to trust in each other and the coaches preparation for our opponents.” FYI: Oakmont Vikings 2008 record: 2-8 New coach – Tim Moore takes over after 10 years as an assistant at Oakmont This week: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothill