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Oakmont loses lead, CVC game to Christian Brothers

By: Nick Hunte/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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A 24-20 loss to Christian Brothers High School in a Capital Valley Conference opener left a sour taste in the mouths of the Vikings’ players Friday night.

Oakmont head coach Tim Moore was visibly disappointed with the loss but said his team is still capable of winning big games.

“It’s very disappointing. This team is better than what we showed during the last seven minutes of the game,” Moore said. “We pretty much had a 10-point lead with seven minutes left. We pretty much allowed them to do what they wanted to do from then on out. We didn’t execute in the red zone when we needed to.”

The host Vikings (2-4 overall, 0-1 CVC) answered Christian Brothers’ 15-yard touchdown pass with two scores of their own, a 35-yard pass from senior quarterback Taylor Laird to junior receiver Justin Holmes and a one-yard run by senior Robert Walton that gave Oakmont a 13-7 lead.

Oakmont added to its lead on a seven-yard touchdown run by Walton to give the Falcons a 20-10 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Christian Brothers (4-2, 1-0) then rallied and scored touchdowns with four minutes left and two minutes remaining.

Oakmont had one more chance, but incomplete and dropped passes plagued the Vikings.

Laird shared the same disappointment as his coach.

“There were a lot of missed opportunities,” Laird said. “People are going to be talking after this, but we lost this game as a team. It was a game we should have won. We won last week’s game with a similar drive that we had tonight. We thought we could do it again, but we couldn’t.

“We could still go forward in league play and make a run for the playoffs though.”

Oakmont will travel to Del Campo next week. Del Campo and Rio Linda also earned CVC victories Friday night.

Oakmont lost the JV game 26-3.