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Oakmont just saying no to huddles this season

QB Laird likes new system; Vikings open against Foothill
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Everybody has their favorite dish at a restaurant. But sometimes, that same dish just isn’t doing it anymore. Sometimes, you need to mix it up and order something else.

After back-to-back 2-3 records in the Capital Valley Conference, Oakmont head coach Tim Moore is changing the main dish on offense. Moore has shifted to a full-time, no-huddle offense with an up-tempo pace.

“It’s the evolution of our offense,” Moore said. “We just decided that this was the year to implement the no-huddle part and try to get the boys more focused. Instead of listening, they’re looking.”

With signals coming in from the sideline, the Vikings use coded wristbands to interpret the signs and run the play. In their first scrimmage against El Camino on Saturday, the offense was slow to begin, as players were adjusting. The offense eventually began to progress.

“It’s been real good for us,” Moore said. “The guys have taken more responsibility for what to do, and I’m happy about it.”

After saying goodbye to two-year starter Ryan Shields last season, 6-foot-3, 210-pound Taylor Laird will take over at quarterback. Laird was 14 for 20 passing Saturday with three completions of more than 20 yards. Oakmont scored 17 points against El Camino.

“I like it a lot better,” Laird said. “I can’t think of any mistakes because you’re constantly moving, not trying to think about anything bad that happens. It’s a good thing for us.”

Laird struggled with passing in the red zone, tossing two interceptions after moving inside the El Camino 20-yard line. But Moore assured the offense was moving forward with its current style.

“They’re either on board and they’re doing it, or they’re going to be replaced,” Moore said. “The expectation is that they’ve got to get it done. We’re working hard at making sure that everybody we need is able to go and execute.”

Oakmont hopes to get over the 2-3 bubble in the CVC this season. While a schedule that includes Del Campo and Casa Roble stands in their way, the Vikings are confident in their future.

“We’re gonna get it done this year,” Laird said. “We’re working as a family right now. We’ll get it done this year.”

OAKMONT VIKINGS

Date       Opponent
Today      FOOTHILL
Aug. 31   At Whitney, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7    WOODCREEK
Sept. 14  ROSEVILLE, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21  Idle
Sept. 28  At Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5     CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (CVC)
Oct. 12   At Del Campo (CVC)
Oct. 19   BELLA VISTA (CVC)
Oct. 26   At Rio Linda (CVC)
Nov. 2    At Casa Roble (CVC)
Games start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Today’s opponent: Foothill nipped Oakmont 44-42 last season in week one. The Mustangs went on to go 3-7, losing their last seven games following a 3-0 start.