RIO LINDA — Oakmont High School fell to host Rio Linda 55-28 in a Capital Valley Conference game Friday night, officially knocking the Vikings out of Sac-Joaquin Section playoff contention.
The Vikings (3-6 overall, 1-3 CVC) had trouble stopping Rio Linda’s running game early, and the Knights (8-1, 4-0) scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes. Rio Linda scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter before Oakmont scored its first touchdown on a 37-yard pass from Taylor Laird to senior receiver Michael Schmitt with 6:14 left in the second quarter.
The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the third quarter on passes from Laird to junior receiver Justin Holmes and a 13-yarder from Laird to senior receiver Scotty Walton to cut the deficit to 35-21, but that was as close as Oakmont would get.
Rio Linda responded immediately with a 50-yard scoring run as the third quarter wound down. An 80-yard catch and run by Walton pulled the Vikings within 42-28 after three quarters.
Oakmont head coach Tim Moore told his players he was still proud of them and their effort against Rio Linda.
“My team didn’t give up; 35-7 down at halftime and the score was 35-21 at one point; we battled,” Moore said. “I love these guys to death, and they’re a great group of kids and they’re going to be very successful in life, which is the most important thing.”
Looking ahead, Moore said a win over Casa Roble to end the season next week would mean a lot to him.
“My seniors were my first freshman group four years ago. They have been the most outstanding leaders for a team that a coach could ask for,” Moore said. “I just ask them to really do it for one more week, do it again, continue to do what they started and finish the job.”
Rio Linda plays host to Del Campo (7-2, 4-0) on Nov. 2 for the CVC championship.