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Desert Oasis keeps it clean, runs all over Del Sol

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Desert Oasis High football players (from left) Jocquez Kalili, Richard Stammetti, Gary Abdella and Blake Kutz before the 2013 football season.

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It probably couldn’t have gone any better for Desert Oasis in its season opener.

The Diamondbacks rushed for more than 400 yards and only committed two penalties in a 53-0 victory over Del Sol.

Senior Jacquez Kalili rushed for 270 yards, surpassing the Desert Oasis school record for most rushing yards in a game.

Fullback Blake Kutz also had a good showing, adding 130 yards of his own.

While the rushing numbers will pop out and impress people, it was the offensive line’s performance that stood out for Desert Oasis coach Scott Staudinger.

The line committed one holding penalty, which is impressive considering the guys in the trenches mostly comprise three sophomores and a junior playing in their first varsity game.

“It’s a great sign,” Staudinger said. “For one holding call to be called with all the run plays we called, it shows they’ve been working hard. It shows mental preparation. Del Sol was changing up their lines up front, but the guys knew who to block and execute.”

Defensively, Staudinger said the unit played well together, making key tackles and preventing any big plays.

“It was the best we’ve tackled in a long time,” he said. “That was a key thing. All 11 guys who were playing did a great job of running to the football.”

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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