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Oakmont hosts Walnut Creek gridiron power

By: Kurt Johnson Press-Tribune sports editor
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No one can accuse Oakmont High School varsity football coach Dale Mortensen of shying away from a challenge. The Vikings will be severely tested on Friday night in their home stadium when Las Lomas High comes calling from its home in Walnut Creek. “Las Lomas is in the running for the North Coast Section title every year,” Mortensen said. “This is a team with a number of legitimate Division I college prospects.” The biggest challenge for the Vikings will come from wide receiver Diante Jackson, who turned in a huge offensive game against Rocklin last week, and also grabbed a game-clinching interception from his defensive back position. The responsibility will fall heavily on the Oakmont secondary in the attempt to slow Jackson, as Matt Ewing, Josh Coggeshall, Zach Codina and Aaron Jones will have their hands full all night long. “This game will be a great test for us as we ready ourselves for the strong competition in the Sierra Foothill League,” Mortensen added. While Oakmont brings in an opponent from long distance, the Granite Bay Grizzlies will do the traveling. Coming off a five touchdown passing performance last Friday night in a 68-10 win over Vacaville, quarterback Teddy Bryant will lead his offense to San Diego Saturday to do battle with the Point Loma Pointers. Coach Ernie Cooper will look to his explosive offense to continue to dominate, but will need a strong showing from his run defense to stop Point Loma running back Leslie Rogers, who averages nearly nine yards per carry, and has run for 615 yards and five touchdowns in his first four contests. “The Pointers are better than their 2-2 record would indicate,” Cooper said. “They won their section title three years ago, and lost in the final game last season. We will certainly have our hands full as they have played some of the top teams in the San Diego area this season.” Elsewhere, on Friday night, Roseville will try to make it two wins in a row when the Tigers host Woodland in their homecoming game. Quarterback Mike Moreno and running back Aaron Wagoner are the backbone of the Roseville offense as it takes on the 2-1 Wolves. Woodcreek faces still challenge at unbeaten Del Campo in its quest for a third consecutive win. After a winless 2007 campaign, the Timberwolves have shown great improvement behind the running of James Nunley in 2008. The Woodcreek junior runner has already run for 590 yards and six touchdowns through three games.