Just four months ago Derick Milgrim was looking forward to coaching the Cosumnes Oaks’ running backs this fall. Then one day prior to leaving on a family vacation in July he finds out his long-time friend, Ryan Gomes, was relieved of his job as head football coach of the Wolfpack.
Milgrim was asked to continue the success Cosumnes Oaks had witnessed the previous five seasons by becoming the interim head coach, just the second head football coach in the school’s brief history.
|Cosumnes Oaks' football coach Derick Milgrim|
Now flash forward to Halloween night and Milgrim was all smiles as his team officially wrapped up its first Capital Valley Conference championship with a 55-7 smearing of Whitney.
He admitted after a brief team post-game huddle at Cosumnes Oaks/ Franklin Stadium the Wolfpack could have emotionally fallen apart back in July upon Gomes’ dismissal, but instead chose to stick together.
“I just think this team has a lot of heart,” Milgrim said. “There’s lots of guys on this team with great character and they weren’t going to let something out of their control ruin their senior year, ruin their team.”
Plus, it was big for Cosumnes Oaks to win this particular game because it was Whitney that eliminated the Wolfpack from the playoffs two out of the past three years.
“It meant something to all the guys in the program,” he said. “It means something to some of our alumni that have had their seasons end to Whitney. Every year is a different team and they are a little bit down this year and we’re playing pretty well, but it’s good to know that if there was a jinx with them, then we’ve gotten over that.”
-- Friday's Scores --
Cosumnes Oaks 55, Whitney 0
Elk Grove 35, Franklin 6
Grant 66, Davis 6
Pleasant Grove 23, Sheldon 9
Laguna Creek 42, McClatchy 0
Folsom 42, Oak Ridge 7
Bradshaw Chr. 59, Highlands 8
Kennedy 51, Florin 41
Saturday: Monterey Trail vs. Jesuit
Valley at Johnson
Now 7-2 with one final CVC game next Friday at Ponderosa, Cosumnes Oaks can tie for its best regular season mark ever, go a perfect 7-0 in league and find itself a team with momentum going into the playoffs.