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This was the “Big Game,” and it certainly lived up to it´s name during Friday night´s rainy gridiron contest.

Oakdale beat Sonora 34-14 in a wet, cold, muddy game in which Oakdale took an early lead and never gave it up.

Traditional rivals Sonora High School Wildcats and Oakdale High Mustangs, were both 9-0 going into Friday night´s match-up.

After Friday night the Mustangs are the Valley Oak League football champions.

The two schools have been meeting in the annual “cross town” rivalry since 1922. This was the third time in five years and the fourth time in nine that both the Wildcats and Mustangs have met with undefeated records.

This year´s game was witnessed by thousands of fans who braved the weather to cheer on their team.

The Oakdale varsity squad is accustomed to beating the Wildcats. They lead the all-time series 50-30-5, having won the last two by shutout and six of the last seven overall.

Last year, a 9-0 victory gave Oakdale its first VOL title under Trent Merzon, the Mustang´s head coach since 2000.