All Will Semone wanted was a chance to run the football.
He’s been given that opportunity at Oakdale High, and rewarded the Mustangs with a big performance Friday in a 28-21 road victory over powerful Campolindo (Moraga), a two-time reigning Division III NorCal champ that won a state title as recently as 2014.
“A lot of things went into the move (to Oakdale), but that was definitely one of them,” said the 5-9, 190-pound Semone, who transferred from Central Catholic and sat out last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. “I’ve been working really hard. I’ve never played in a varsity game before this season.”
Semone rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns as Oakdale improved to 2-1 heading into its VOL opener against Sierra, the reigning state Division IV-A champion.
“We have a young team and we’re kinda rebuilding,” said Semone, whose team lost the season opener to rival Sonora. “I think we’ve got all the kinks worked out now.”
Parents: Jerry and Moya Semone
Place of birth: Modesto
Hobby: Skiing, riding quads, hunting
Favorite class: U.S. Government
Favorite teacher: Mr. (Pete) Simoncini
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite athlete: Danny Woodhead
Favorite superhero: Superman
Favorite app: Netflix
Favorite emoji: “I have no idea.”
Can’t stop listening to: Hip-hop
3 things you’d want on a deserted island: “A book on survival, water, telephone.”
Finish this sentence: I want to be … “known as hard-working.”