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Vikings lose season finale in Loomis

By: Eric Gourley, Gold Country News Service
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What plagued the Oakmont Vikings all season doomed them once again in their finale Friday night. Oakmont was held to single-digit scoring for the sixth time this year in a 37-9 loss at Del Oro. The Vikings finished the year 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the Sierra Foothill League. “There are tons of bright spots with these guys this season from day one,” head coach Dale Mortensen said. “I don’t always like the score, but I always love these guys. They’re a strange group because they’re not having this great success on the field but they have the highest GPA, they’re 100 percent eligible and they’re a hard-working group of kids. Whatever is lacking is in their head coach, I’m sure of that.” Quarterback Matt Ewing kicked a 28-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the first quarter to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead on their second possession, but the Golden Eagles (4-6, 2-3) scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Del Oro led 27-3 at halftime and rattled off 37 straight points before Oakmont’s last score midway through the fourth quarter, Ewing’s 35-yard pass into the end zone that found the arms of Randy Purdy. Ewing’s extra point attempt sailed wide. While Del Oro quarterback Mason Magleby set a personal best in passing yards, threw three touchdown passes and kicked a field goal, the Eagles defense was equally impressive, holding the Vikings to 66 rushing yards. Ewing completed 5 of 11 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception that Del Oro returned for a touchdown. Nathan Grady shared time in the shotgun and was 3-for-11 for 41 yards with an interception. “Del Oro is definitely better than their record, and we had seen that in all the film,” Mortensen said. “I just love our guys. They have the hearts of champions. They’re going to be great young men and successful citizens. I look forward to seeing them as they leave high school and move on.” Ewing had 12 carries for 50 yards, including a 13-yard scamper that set up his touchdown pass.