Older age group wins save day for Jr. Vikings

Woodcreek Jr. Timberwolves win three of five Saturday games
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Cross-town rivals Oakmont and Woodcreek faced off in week seven of the Sierra Valley Division of the SYFC. The Jr. Timberwolves took 3-of-5 games Saturday against the visiting Jr. Vikings. Oakmont was down three games to none at the start of the Jr. Midget game hoping to take at least one win. Losing the Mighty Mite game 26-0, Junior Pee Wee 12-0 and Pee Wee 16-0, the Jr. Vikings took the last two back-to-back. In a reverse of scoring the Oakmont Jr. Midgets won 19-0 before the Midgets won 31-6. Viking Midget head coach Curt Olsen gladly saw his team’s second win of the season against Woodcreek. “We really came together,” Olsen said. “Knowing Woodcreek was going to try and get out wide on their runs, we came prepared to stop them. We tried to force them to pass or run up the gut and fortunately our team played really well and put together some really great drives.” Coming off an overtime victory against Roseville last week, the Jr. Timberwolves Midgets looked like a different team. Oakmont was dominant, taking advantage of mistake after mistake by Woodcreek. Feeding off last week’s overtime-winning touchdown last week was Woodcreek’s Mitchell Layton. Layton had the game’s first score and lead on a 35-yard breakout run in the first quarter off a fumble recovery by Dylan Bell. Layton finished with seven carries for 72 yards. From there it was disastrous for Woodcreek. On the drive following Layton’s touchdown Oakmont’s Trey Olsen blocked a Layton punt to set his team at Woodcreek’s 23-yard line. Olsen finished with seven tackles, two sacks and he was a pain in Woodcreek head coach Mike Craik’s neck. “I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen my team really check out,” Craik said. We started just moving kids around. It was very frustrating. We wanted the lead on them and we wanted to run jumbo like we did against Roseville, but we were down quickly and just couldn’t do the things we wanted to do.” Olsen’s blocked punt led to a touchdown by quarterback Peyton Wilfley finding receiver Justin Holmes halfway through the second quarter. Wilfley accounted for three scores on the day. His first was the pass to Holmes, second a quarterback draw for the 12-6 lead and the third came on his 40-yard interception return pushing Oakmont’s lead to 19-6 at halftime. Adding to the Vikings scoring frenzy in the second half was running back Ronald Quinn. Quinn finished with 10 carries good for 51 yards and a touchdown. Another Woodcreek mistake gave Oakmont great field position on a mishandled punt reception by Dylan Stacy. The Jr. Vikings recovered the ball at Woodcreek’s 32-yard line and let tailback Jake Harris finish the job scoring his touchdown on a five-yard rush and the game’s final score. Mistakes were costly for the Jr. Timberwolves coming on a blocked punt, bad punt for Oakmont field position, interception and fumbled punt reception. Other notable performances for Woodcreek included a game-leading eight tackles by Austin McCarty. DeYoung and Dillon Bolen each had six tackles. Coach Olsen feels good about the Jr. Viking Midget team’s position at 2-5 heading into week eight. Oakmont is set to host Granite Bay (1-6) hoping to begin a streak finishing their season at Rocklin. For Woodcreek it will be another home battle for a win against Antelope (2-5) in week eight. Next week mark’s the Jr. Timberwolves best chance at another win this season as they end their season at Del Oro.