By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Bulldogs downed in Oakdale
THS-Austin Krasko run
Austin Krasko had eight rushes for 31 yards in Turlocks 33-7 loss to Oakdale Friday night. - photo by IKE DODSON / The Leader

A heroic 28-yard heave from sophomore quarterback Sean Downs to senior tight end Tyler Cook gave Turlock High’s varsity football team a glimmer of hope in the third quarter, but Oakdale extinguished it with suffocating defense during a 33-7 Mustang victory at The Corral on Friday.

Oakdale led just 12-0 at the half after two field goals and a short touchdown pass, but capitalized on turnovers to take a 26-0 lead with over six minutes to play in the third.

Turlock fired back with a dazzling nine-play, 74-yard drive after five Downs’ completions. His last was the long strike to Cook along the left sideline for Turlock’s first points of the game.

Oakdale would later score in the fourth and controlled most of the clock with 16 first downs to Turlock’s five. The Bulldogs rolled up 128 yards of offense, most coming from Downs (six for 22, 95 yards, interception) and Austin Krasko (eight rushes, 31 yards). Cook caught two passes for 54 yards as well. Defensive back Anthony Martin made some big plays to limit a potent Oakdale pass offense.

Turlock (1-1) hosts Davis on Sept. 9.


Back in the saddle, Hilmar notches easy win

Hilmar High School’s varsity football team squandered a 27-7 lead during its season-opening loss to Beyer on Aug. 26.

The Yellowjackets took their frustration out on visiting Ceres High Friday night.

Hilmar rolled to a 37-0 victory.

“Everything went our way,” Yellowjackets quarterback Andrew Olson said.

Olson completed 5 of 7 passes for 110 yards with one touchdown to Kurtis Bettencourt (29 yards). He also had a 53-yard rushing TD.

Zack Giuliano and Jeremy Nickelsen scored on runs of 16 and 3 yards, respectively.

Ryan White returned a punt 49 yards for a score.

Bettencourt booted a 35-yard field goal and made four of five PATs.

Hilmar limited Ceres High to just 104 yards of total offense, including minus-34 yards rushing.

The Yellowjackets allowed just six first downs and forced nine punts.

Hilmar sacked Bulldog quarterback Blake Hurst seven times.

The Yellowjackets outgained the Bulldogs 249-20 while racing to a 37-0 lead in the opening half.

Hilmar will next travel to Modesto to face Enochs High on Sept. 8.