The stands at Sonora High School’s Dunlavy Field were full. Full of expectations. And of hope for a repeat of last year’s historic win over longtime rival Oakdale.

On this night it wasn’t to be as Oakdale rolled over the Wildcats 47-13.

Oakdale started out strong and fast. From their first motion out of huddle it was clear they were looking for redemption.

In the opening drive the Oakdale offense ran a series of running plays before the Oakdale quarterback found a speedy – and wide open – Bronson Harmon giving the Mustangs the lead.

They wouldn’t fall behind for the remainder of the game.

“We got dominated on offense,” said assistant coach John Canepa. “They’re just really good.”

There wasn’t anything surprising about how Oakdale came out and played, he said.

Sonora expected the run game and that’s what Oakdale delivered.

Quarterback Jake Gookin’s first game as a starter began inauspiciously. His first snap was whistled dead after a motion penalty. He kept the ball next time around and gained three yards.

He then found Kane Rogers with a slant pass. And Rogers motored down the sideline to even things up at 7-7 with 8:25 to play in the first.

And that’s where things seemed to stall for Sonora.

On first and goal Oakdale scored on another rushing play to make it 14-7 with 6:50 to go in the first.

Penalties hurt. Including an unsportsmanlike conduct foul that resulted in an Oakdale touchdown with 2:47 to play in the first.

They scored another rushing touchdown with 2:47 to play in the first.

With 10:44 to go in the second, Oakdale stretched their lead to 28-7 with a run play.

Oakdale senior Cameron Cherry scored on a passing play to give Oakdale a 35-7 lead with 3:56 to go in the half.

Gookin did exactly what the coaches had hoped he would do. He played strong and protected the ball. He scored a rushing touchdown in the first half after an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Oakdale helped push the ‘Cats up the field. The PAT was no good, making the score 35-13 with :13 to play in the half.

Cherry’s speed and athleticism was especially hard to contain.

The locker room message to Sonora’s players was do what you’re supposed to do.

“Really simple type stuff,” Canepa said.

But the offense just never got going. Oakdale sealed up the line. They were fast on both sides of the ball.

Scoring in the second half was limited to an Oakdale touchdown - the point after attempt was no good.

After that it was a matter of running down the clock.

As for Friday’s game, the final score was 47-13. And there are plenty of lessons to learn from the loss.

This week Canepa said the team will be working on execution and getting players to the ball faster.

“There were no trick plays,” said Canepa. “We’ve just got to get a lot better.”

Sonora plays at Lodi next Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Contact Melissa Blanton at (209) 588-4539 or mblanton@uniondemocrat.com . Follow her on Twitter @downtownmelissa.

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<p dir="ltr">The stands at Sonora High School’s Dunlavy Field were full. Full of expectations. And of hope for a repeat of last year’s historic win over longtime rival Oakdale.</p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>On this night it wasn’t to be as Oakdale rolled over the Wildcats 47-13.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Oakdale started out strong and fast. From their first motion out of huddle it was clear they were looking for redemption.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>In the opening drive the Oakdale offense ran a series of running plays before the Oakdale quarterback found a speedy – and wide open – Bronson Harmon giving the Mustangs the lead.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>They wouldn’t fall behind for the remainder of the game.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>“We got dominated on offense,” said assistant coach John Canepa. “They’re just really good.”</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>There wasn’t anything surprising about how Oakdale came out and played, he said.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Sonora expected the run game and that’s what Oakdale delivered. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Quarterback Jake Gookin’s first game as a starter began inauspiciously. His first snap was whistled dead after a motion penalty. He kept the ball next time around and gained three yards.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>He then found Kane Rogers with a slant pass. And Rogers motored down the sideline to even things up at 7-7 with 8:25 to play in the first.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>And that’s where things seemed to stall for Sonora. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>On first and goal Oakdale scored on another rushing play to make it 14-7 with 6:50 to go in the first.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Penalties hurt. Including an unsportsmanlike conduct foul that resulted in an Oakdale touchdown with 2:47 to play in the first.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>They scored another rushing touchdown with 2:47 to play in the first.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>With 10:44 to go in the second, Oakdale stretched their lead to 28-7 with a run play. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Oakdale senior Cameron Cherry scored on a passing play to give Oakdale a 35-7 lead with 3:56 to go in the half.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Gookin did exactly what the coaches had hoped he would do. He played strong and protected the ball. He scored a rushing touchdown in the first half after an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Oakdale helped push the ‘Cats up the field. The PAT was no good, making the score 35-13 with :13 to play in the half.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Cherry’s speed and athleticism was especially hard to contain. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>The locker room message to Sonora’s players was do what you’re supposed to do.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>“Really simple type stuff,” Canepa said.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>But the offense just never got going. Oakdale sealed up the line. They were fast on both sides of the ball. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Scoring in the second half was limited to an Oakdale touchdown - the point after attempt was no good.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>After that it was a matter of running down the clock.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>As for Friday’s game, the final score was 47-13. And there are plenty of lessons to learn from the loss.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>This week Canepa said the team will be working on execution and getting players to the ball faster.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>“There were no trick plays,” said Canepa. “We’ve just got to get a lot better.”</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Sonora plays at Lodi next Friday at 7:15 p.m.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span>Contact Melissa Blanton at (209) 588-4539 or </span><a target="_blank" href="mailto:mblanton@uniondemocrat.com"><span>mblanton@uniondemocrat.com</span></a><span>. Follow her on Twitter @downtownmelissa.</span></p>
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