Oakmont wins thriller in home opener

Two late TDs lift Vikings over Pitman
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Thrilling doesn't describe the show put on at Oakmont Friday night. The Vikings (1-1) won 35-34 in the last seconds of their preseason game against Pitman. The energy at Oakmont High erupted with 1:14 left in the game when Vikings running back Alex Cook dove into the end zone for the winning score. Pitman had one minute in their last drive of the game to score, but turned the ball over on downs to Oakmont with 15.5 seconds remaining in the game. There were three ties in the game, one coming at 34-34 just before Ford kicked the game-winning extra point. After one quarter, the game had an intense feel to it as both teams went for two touchdowns at 14-13, Pitman with a small lead. Trailing 34-21 in the fourth quarter, Oakmont remained composed and relied on its wide receivers to get up field. When it came down to the last minutes of the game, Oakmont made head coach Tim Moore the proudest person in Roseville Friday night. "These kids went through such a hard week after our game against Foothill," Moore said. "We were still hurting just a couple days ago. But these guys came together on Thursday when they started believing that they can win every game. I'm so excited to be along for the ride with this team. There's proof in the pudding and kids that work hard and don't give up allow for good things to happen." Among those good things to happen was Cook's one significant run. He was nursing a knee injury from the Foothill game and finished with only 20 rush yards on seven carries. "It wasn't just me diving," said Cook. "It was my whole team. Coming off of my knee injury I couldn't practice on Tuesday so I wasn't fully prepared for this game. I just wasn't thinking about myself. I was thinking about my team and I put my whole self into that last drive." The last drive would not have been possible without the poise and finesse of quarterback Alex Ford. The senior threw for 226 yards. "My offensive line gave me plenty of time tonight," said Ford. "We noticed early that the corners were small and that we were going to take advantage of that. Mobley was open for me all game and it was easy to get him the ball." Mobley had two touchdowns on 65 yards receiving. He left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but returned. The first touchdown of the game was Mobley's 15-yard end zone catch on the drive created by an Oakmont fumble recovery at Pitman's seven-yard-line. His second touchdown was an 11-yard reception from near the Pitman 20. "It was basically just that Alex (Ford) and I were connecting," said Mobley. "Our coach was calling some great plays to get me open so all I had to do was catch it. There are so many possibilities for this offense." Michael Garrison was a game changer with a 60-yard touchdown return from a Pitman kick-off. He also caught the 24-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 12 to move his team within six at 34-28 and four minutes left in the game. "Foothill was a fluke," said Ford. "We believe that we are going to win every game. That's just what we believe and we're going to come and do it every week."