Oakland Tech Impressive in Win Over Mt Diablo
Oakland Tech 33, Mt. Diablo 16
Oakland Tech High running back Ryan Murphy laid most of the groundwork for a 33-16 win Oct. 2 at Mt. Diablo, but it was DiAndre Campbell who delivered the game’s biggest blow.
With the Bulldogs leading 20-10 with just under 30 seconds left in the first half, Gregory Pierson flipped a 15-yard pass to the corner of the end zone. Campbell, who’s bound for Washington next season, pulled down the jump-ball for a touchdown, giving Oakland Tech an insurmountable 17-point lead at halftime en route to the win.
Oakland Tech (3-1) scored first on a 6-yard run by Daron Duong, but Mt. Diablo (4-1) answered quickly, running off a 15-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard plunge by Ethan Morrow.
After a field goal by Mt. Diablo’s Samuel Mendez, Oakland Tech regained the lead on a 71-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Charles Lewis. The Bulldogs took control in the second quarter, when Pierson found Marcus Simpson for an 11-yard touchdown and Campbell for the final blow of the half.
Mt. Diablo appeared primed for a comeback when it drove 64 yards in just six plays to start the second half. Morrow provided the offensive highlight of the night for the Red Devils, busting loose for a 25-yard touchdown run that saw him run over a defender and drag four more over the goal line.
From there, though, it was all Murphy. He put the cap on the Bulldogs’ win with 5:31 left in the game when he picked up a fumble and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. Murphy was the offensive star of the night for Oakland Tech, rushing for 142 yards on 25 carries.
For his part, Morrow looked the part of a poised and talented quarterback, at least when he wasn’t on his back. Oakland Tech’s constant pressure resulted in numerous sacks and hurries, and Morrow finished with just 71 yards on 24 pass attempts. Jalil Jack led the Red Devils statistically, rushing for 40 yards.
By Ben Enos, Oakland Tribune, 10/08/2009