Oakmont dives in on first day of football practice

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Varsity football players checked in at Oakmont High School early Monday for the annual 40 hours of commitment.

It’s conditioning, weight training, leadership training, a sleepover in the gym, two cardiac hills on Tuesday in Auburn with Character Combine founder Jason Harper, and yes, it’s all done in 40 hours.

Of course, with the temperature climbing to more than 90 degrees Monday, 40 hours of commitment also called for a commitment to the school pool, and the Vikings — for lack of a better way to put it — dived right in.

Some simply soaked in the water and howled at teammates that tried their best to pull off the diving-board tricks seen last week during the Olympic Games in London.

“Tino, do a belly flop,” someone yelled at guard Tino Loconte, a third-year varsity starter who will help protect new quarterback Taylor Laird.

While there were no gold-medal performances among this crew of varsity football players, the creativity was flowing.

“We got some athletes,” head coach Tim Moore said with a smile.

This season’s seniors were freshmen when Moore took over as varsity head coach in 2009.

“That’s an exciting thing in itself,” he said. “We’re talking the same language.”

Loconte, center Derek Harbert, Nick Paiva and Tyler Peters all are seniors on the offensive line.

Under a new defensive staff, Oakmont will move from a 3-3-5 to a base 4-3.

“The boys have really taken hold of it,” Moore said of the Vikings, who will test their new alignment during the annual Blue & White scrimmage Saturday.


Reports from Granite Bay, Roseville, Valley Christian Academy and Woodcreek.