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Vikings endure to the end, lose to powerful Folsom

By: Matt Long, Gold Country News Service
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If Oakmont head football coach Dale Mortensen was happy about anything on Friday night, it was that his team didn’t quit. Lesser teams might have in the face of a 48-0 deficit in the first half on the road against the 5-0 Folsom Bulldogs. The 2-3 Vikings, however, held their heads high and battled to the bitter end of a 55-6 loss. “We can recover from a loss, but we can’t recover from a quit,” Mortensen said after the game. “Our guys didn’t quit. I told them at halftime that we’ve got to eliminate the scoreboard and think that every play is the most important play and focus on getting better with each play and my guys did that. We were playing for personal pride.” Oakmont took the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 71-yard scoring drive, culminating in its only points of the game, a 3-yard touchdown run by Braden Avery. The 2-point conversion attempt from quarterback Alex Ford to Scott Schwieger was unsuccessful. The Vikings threatened to score twice in the first half but came up empty. Oakmont reached the Folsom 4-yard line midway through the first quarter before losing five yards on the next three plays and then missing a 26-yard field goal. In the second quarter behind some strong running from Randy Purdy, Oakmont moved the ball to Folsom’s 9-yard line, before Folsom’s Tyler Trosin intercepted a Ford pass a yard deep in the end zone and returned it all the way for a score. The Vikings will take the loss and learn from it, as they prepare for the Sierra Foothill League opener on Friday at Roseville High. “We learned a lot from this game, the coaches and players alike,” Mortensen said. “We’ll take the loss and we’re 2-3 now, but everyone in the SFL is 0-0 heading into next week.” At the junior varsity level, despite a pair of Cooper Mathews touchdown passes to Justin Caliste and other scores by Chris Wright and Thomas Parker, Oakmont couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs, as the Vikings lost the game, 33-28.