By Tony Zarate
The Bulldogs of Oak Hills High School defeated the Hesperia High Scorpions, 50-22, to clinch their first undefeated Mojave River League Championship in school history on Nov. 7 at Hesperia High.
The Bulldogs’ victory gave the team an 8-2 overall and 5-0 league record to end the regular season. The season was dominated by a powerful offense as well as a rock solid defense.
After the win, defensive tackle Robert Hoskins felt as though the “defense started off weak but picked it up.” Hoskins, who missed the 2013 season due to injury, collected two tackles in the win over the Scorpions. With the Bulldogs going into the first game of CIF playoffs next week, the morale and momentum are set high for the Bulldogs.
“We go in as winners with confidence,” Hoskins said.“We are champs at one thing and we can do it again.”
The Bulldogs have yet to win a CIF championship in the school’s short 5 year history.
A key piece in the Bulldogs’ puzzle to success is explosive and dynamic wide receiver, Jeremiah Lorick.
Lorick led the team this year in receiving with a whopping 557 receiving yards. He also brought home a touchdown in Friday’s game to increase his season total to five. With a core of offensive weapons that will be graduating after this season, including wide receivers Faizon Knight, Gino Mastandrea and running back De Zhontey Fletcher, Lorick is expected to be a top tier offensive weapon for the Bulldogs going forward.
“I like the pressure on my shoulders but we also have a lot of other great athletes,” Lorick said.
He displayed his pure talent on the football field by leading his team in receiving yards during the season.
“… I would have expected one of the older cats to do it but I stepped up,” Lorick stated.
His sense of cool, calm and collectiveness is something that should be watched in his bright future.
All season long the Bulldogs played with a great sense unity within the teammates themselves and with the coaching staff. They have a full plate going into the 2014 CIF-SS playoffs being rated number one in the Eastern Division. This will be a challenge for the Bulldogs this year in the playoffs and it will be a thrill to see what it amounts to.