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Gauchos stomp Oilers as skid reaches three games

on October 16, 2010

The El Cerrito Gauchos wrapped up the Richmond Oilers Friday night 32-7, improving their season record to 3-3. The Oilers, losers of three straight, dropped to 2-3.

With game-time temperatures at Oilers Field a biting 57 degrees, fans and teams alike looked for ways to protect themselves from an unrelenting wind.

The Oilers started hot by scoring the game’s first touchdown. Quarterback Daniel Esparza connected with running back DeMariye Williams on a 15-yard play to take a 7-0 lead.

The Oilers regained possession when the Gauchos mishandled the ensuing kick off. Unable to gain a first down deep inside Gaucho territory, the Oilers committed a turnover of their own: a misguided snap sailed over kicker Gilbert Harlee’s head and El Cerrito recovered.

The Richmond Oilers and El Cerrito Gauchos line up as they prepare for another play during second quarter action of Friday night's game. (Photo by Christina Lopez)

The Gauchos never looked back—scoring 32 unanswered points.

The Gauchos first score came off a 32-yard completion from quarterback Byron Thomas to receiver Jalen Harvey.

The El Cerrito hurry-up offense confused Oiler defenders as Gauchos running back James Savage gained 280 yards on 21 carries for three touchdowns.

“I was just running through tackles,” said Savage. “They weren’t ready I don’t think.”

Only down eight at half, Oilers head coach Jeff Tyner thought they could make a second-half run.

“This is a fight and we’re in it,” coachTyner told his team in the locker room. “They just got us a couple times on the no huddle.”

Second-half mistakes would cost the Oilers.

Gauchos head coach Kenny Kahn said he knew the Oilers had a lively offense and defense, but because his team was coming off a bye week they were well rested.

“Our game plan is to come out and dominate,” said coach Kahn. “We’re a balanced team this year with a multifaceted offense and hard nose defense.”

Never dejected, Oilers head coach Tyner walked off the field hopeful.

“We fought hard,” said coach Tyner. “It just didn’t fall our way tonight.”

Richmond’s next game is against Berkeley while El Cerrito plays De Anza.

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