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Oilers Take Season Opener on the Road!

Elko, Nevada- A short-handed Oilers team made the trip to Elko, Nevada on Saturday and left with a statement win against the Elko Warriors by the score of 27-7.  Even with three key starters missing on defense, the Oilers (1-0) impressed by holding the much improved Warrior (0-1) offense to 163 total offensive yards and 0 points.  The only score for the Warriors came off of an Oiler fumble in the first quarter that Tyler Demerath returned 65 yards for a touchdown.  Leading the way for the Oilers on defense were Andy Key with 8 tackles and 1 sack on the day and new comer Marcel Borque who finished with 5.5 tackles, 2 sacks, and an astonishing 5 tackles for loss.  Chase Dotter had an interception with a return of 60 yards for the Oilers defense and Ethan Beath lead the secondary with 2 pass deflections.  For the Warriors, Chris Rodriquez was 8 for 30 with 95 yards and 1 interception.  He also led the team in rushing yards with 42 on 5 attempts and Nick Jarvis added 33 yards on 14 attempts.  Jarvis was also the leading receiver on the team with 2 catches for 58 yards with an impressive 50 yard catch that he was able to hang on to after taking a shot from an Oiler safety.

Just as impressive as the defense was in the game, the Oiler offense overcame a slow start after the long trip with a passing attack that the Warriors were not ready to face.  Quarterback Jake Ihde was polished going 13 for 27 on the day for 201 yards and 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of those touchdowns ended up in Travis Maxfield’s hands in the second and third quarters of the contest.  Jonathon Stapp was on the receiving end of another TD with what very well could be the play of the year in the RMFL AA, as he made a full extension diving one handed grab for a 30 yard touchdown.  The final TD was an 11 yard grab by tight end Keenan Harvey that was the final nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter.  The Warriors were led defensively by 2 time RMFL AA tackles leader Shane Thomas and Carlas Byrge with 5 tackles apiece.  The Oilers look to keep rolling next week as they travel to Greenleaf, Idaho just outside of Boise to take on the Gem State Guradians (0-1) who are coming off a 0-21 loss to the Mini-Cassia Diggers (1-0).  The Oilers first home game will be the following week April 19th when the Elko Warriors come to Duchesne High School @ 4 pm in what will be the first of three straight home games for the Oilers, the other two games being played at Union High School at 7 pm.

OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Jonathon Stapp 5 receptions for 79 yards 1 TD.

DEFENSIVE GAME BALL: (2) Andy Key 8 tackles, 1 sack.  Marcel Borque 5.5 tackles, 2 Sacks, 5 tackles for loss.

GAME MVP: Jake Ihde 13/27 201 yards 4 td’s, 17 rush, 55 kick return yards, 3 PAT

Oilers Take Sloppy Pre-Season Win

Oilers vs OutlawsDuchesne, Utah- The hardest part about fielding a full competitive team filled with oil field and production workers is that sometimes you just never know who is going to be able to make it practice, let alone games.  The Oilers for the past few weeks were not sure of the available status of starting quarterback Jake Ihde until last week and his missed practice time showed as the Oiler offense struggled against a solid defense from the Wyoming Outlaws but eventually did enough to win the game 6-0.  All the blame of the sloppy offensive play could not be placed squarely on the shoulders of the QB as the receivers had their fair share of dropped passes in critical situations.  After both offenses were held scoreless for the first three periods the game started to have a heading to overtime feel to it with about 5 minutes left in regulation.  Agreeing to take a shot on first down after the stout Oiler defense caused a fumble, Ihde found all-star receiver Travis Maxfield across the middle for a 53 yard score and ultimately the deciding points.  “We need to focus on a few keys points on offense, the receivers need to eliminate drops, while the offensive line needs more work in the run game.” Coach Conetah stated shortly after winning his first game as a true head coach.  “I feel with a few more practices before we head to Elko in two weeks and we will be fine.”

Defensively the Oilers pitched a shutout and that is simply a goal that defensive coordinator Colden Stubbs says is a goal every game.  “I know that sometimes it sounds cliché and impractical to assume that you can defensively pitch a shutout every week, but I feel confident with these players that it is a realistic approach to our gameplan.”  In fact, before the game there were some concerns about whether or not enough holes had been filled from players leaving for the Oilers to be considered as dominate on the defensive side of the ball as in years past.  Most questioned were answered with a resounding “YES” as the Oilers looked in control from the first snap.  The only big play allowed by the Oiler was a fake punt that went for 60 yards inside of the 10; however, the Oiler D stepped up in great fashion and forced a turnover on downs.  Defensively the Oilers finished with 8 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 turnovers on downs and if the 60 yard fake punt run is taken out of the total yards, the Oilers held the Outlaws to under 125 total yards of offense on the day.  In two weeks the Oilers start the RMFL regular season by traveling to Elko, Nevada to take on the Warriors, kickoff is at 7 PM.

March 22, 2014 Duchesne, Ut 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
Wyoming Outlaws 0 0 0 0 0
Uintah Basin Oilers 0 0 0 6 6
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Oilers vs Wyoming Outlaws

The Oilers have agreed to a pre-season game with the Wyoming Outlaws out of Evanston, Wyoming on Saturday March 22nd @ 4:oo pm at Duchesne High School.  The Outlaws are an independent team team playing an independent schedule throughout the spring and summer.  This is the first chance fans will have to see the Oilers this season as the Oilers will not play at home again until the 26th of April.  Come out and have a day of fun as admission will be free for everyone for this game.