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Trojans, staff return to title game


OAK RIDGE coach Eric Cavaliere giving out instruction earlier this season. Photo by James Portilla Sr.

From page A9 | December 06, 2013 | 2 Comments

EL DORADO HILLS — Tomorrow, Oak Ridge returns to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s D-I game, this time against Delta River League foe Folsom at 7:30 p.m. at Sacramento State.

Defense will be the name of the game.

Trojan defensive coordinator Darren Jountz guides a defense yielding 15.9 points per outing against a potent Bulldogs’ offense that scores 52.6 points per game. In the team’s first matchup, a 35-0 setback, Oak Ridge intercepted Folsom quarterback Jake Browning five times.

Jonutz and Trojan head coach Eric Cavaliere have known each other since 2004 season when they were Ponderosa co-coaches for one season.

“Darren was a part of that program for several years prior and still wanted to be a part of it,” recalled Cavaliere.

The Bruins went 4-6 that season. Afterwards, Cavaliere stepped down when his family moved to Arizona while Jonutz stayed as head coach.

In 2006, Cavaliere returned to El Dorado County, landing a teaching job at Oak Ridge and returned to the sidelines as an assistant coach under Chris Jones. In 2008, Cavaliere took over for Jones left for Vista del Lago.

Jonutz joined Cavaliere’s staff for the 2011 season. Since then, the two have cranked out winning records in Division I and made great strides in the postseason.

“Bringing Darren into Oak Ridge was a highly improbable thought, seeing how Darren had geared a ton of his coaching motivation toward beating Oak Ridge in the past,” Cavaliere said.

While Folsom’s defense can punish an opponent, Browning’s quick-strike capability will be first and foremost on the Trojans’ mind.

“They are who they are and they are good at it,” Cavaliere said. “I place a lot of trust in Darren — he’s very good at what he does, and it goes beyond X’s and O’s.”

It’s hard to think another five inteceptions tomorrow won’t lead to points. Regardless, the Oak Ridge offense must stay on the field to keep Folsom’s sidelined. Defensively, the Trojans (12-1) need to string together some three-and-outs, a rarity against the Bulldogs (13-0).

“We are excited about getting back to the D-I game,” said Cavaliere, “but getting there is one thing and now we are looking to get there and win.”

Note: Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased in advance at Oak Ridge High’s Finance Window, located at the south side of the Administration Building A, between the hours of 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m. and 2:50 to 3:30 p.m.  

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo

Discussion | 2 comments

  • The KCRA 3 Pre-game news coverage...December 08, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Before my husband left for the Oakridge football game last night at Sacramento State U. We both were watching the KCRA channel 3 news. We both got excited when we saw the coverage on the Division 1 big football game of Oakridge vs Folsom. Yet, as we both watched and listened to the KCRA 3 t.v. news people showing the complete coverage of the Folsom tailgating party for Folsom H.S., and interviewing ONLY the Folsom fans, Folsom parents, etc. My husband and I waited patiently for KCRA 3 news to began news coverage next for Oakridge H.S. football team, but as we both waited for our Oakridge fair side of the news coverage. Not happening! As we waited for KCRA 3 news to began speaking to Oakridge fans, Oakridge parents, etc., but sadly, it never happened! What's up with that!?!?! Even the Oakridge H.S. name was not even mentioned! No, not one time on the 6:00pm. news did they mention Oakridge. Only full coverage News for Folsom H.S. football pre-coverage of the game. Both our hearts were saddened. My husband then left for Sac. State to watch the game and be there to support our son and Oakridge. My husband left for the game shaking his head at such lousy biased based news coverage by KCRA 3 news. Yes, I am saddened too. Our son would have been disheartened too had he seen the one sided news coverage not playing fairly to Oakridge H.S. players and parents, etc. We have always taught our son's to be fair, play fair, and treat others fairly even if others don't play fair. Yet, KCRA 3 did not do their news time play coverage of the big game last night right or fair by Oakridge. Now it's time to teach our son's their next lesson as we talk through everything after the fact. The fact that adults do not always play fair. As with KCRA 3 and the 6:00 pm. news last night. I think though by H.S. my oldest 3 son's in high school and college already realize this sad fact about adults that need to grow up and play fair and cover the news on t.v. fairly. & We wonder why a large percentage of our young adult children are entering the "adult world/society" are struggling.

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  • Another Trojan ParentDecember 08, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    I am not surprised at all about what you observed with KCRA as I am sure it was the same with the other local news outlets. I checked the MaxPreps photos today that were taken by their photographer and there were 207 of them and by my estimation about 30-40 photos were of Oak Ridge players. Everyone has drunk the Folsom kool-aid but not worry. When they go down to DVC in Pleasant Hill next Saturday to play De La Salle it will be the exact opposite for them as the Spartans are kings down there and nobody is interested in the next team that will fall to them on their way to their next state open division title. De La Salle has not lost to a northern CA team since 1991 and I don't see any real possibility of that happening on Saturday. Folsom thinks they are elite and while they may be the best in the Sac area they don't even come close to comparing to a truly elite national powerhouse team like De La Salle. It will be just like it was last year when it looked like men playing against boys. Oak Ridge had an amazing season when nobody predicted they would win much less go to the section title game for a second consecutive year. Our boys need to be proud of their accomplishments.

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