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After opening the season with a pair of disappointing losses, the Oliver Springs Bobcats picked up their first victory of the season Friday night with a 37-0 victory at Oakdale.
“It's a good feeling anytime you can get a win,” Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett said after the game. “We're still not playing to our potential, but we did some good things tonight. We did have too many penalties tonight and that's something we've got to get better at. We had a lot of big plays called back because of penalties.”
Take away the flags and it was a dominating performance by the Bobcats.
Offensively, Oliver Springs amassed 405 yards of total offense on 53 snaps.
The Bobcats ground game rolled up 317 yards on 45 carries with Jordan Romero leading the way with 113 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries. The Bobcats added 88 yards through the air with starting QB Garrett Miller completing 6 of 6 passes for 80 yards with 1 TD.
Oliver Springs' defense also played well. Oakdale ended the evening with 164 yards of offense, but the Bobcats came up with six turnovers, one going for a touchdown. Oliver Springs also came up with a safety on the defensive side of the ball.
“Our defense played hard,” Brackett said. “Our kids are still adjusting to a new defense and new schemes under Coach (Chuck) Jones, but they're getting better every day. We got a shutout tonight and hopefully it's not our last.”
Oliver Springs put the game away early as the Bobcats put 37 points on the scoreboard in the first half alone.
While Oliver Springs put the game away early, it was Oakdale coming up with the first play of the contest. Oliver Springs opened the game on offense and marched 69 yards in 13 plays, but on 4th-and-Goal from the one, Oakdale stopped Romero short of the goal line.
Oakdale's momentum didn't last long, however, as Oliver Springs' Michael Aliff tackled Oakdale's Jaron Marrow in the end zone for a safety on the next play to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
After the ensuing free kick, Oliver Springs scored their first touchdown of the night as Miller capped a 4-play, 40-yard drive with an 8-yard run.
Austin Rice added the PAT to make the score 9-0 with 6:30 left in the opening quarter.
The Bobcats' defense set up the next score as Lance Green picked off an Eagle pass at the Oakdale 35 yard line.
Romero scored six plays later on a 2-yard run to give the Bobcats a 16-0 lead with 3:25 left in the first quarter.
Oakdale put together a solid drive on their next possession as the Eagles drove 60 yards in 11 plays, but the 11th play proved rough for Oakdale as Oliver Springs' Daniel Bass deflected a pass that was picked off by Oliver Springs' Cory McBee.
The Bobcats then put together a 10-play, 91-yard scoring drive to make the score 23-0 with 6:57 left in the first half. Michael Nelson carried five times in the drive for 51 yards while Miller completed three passes for 32 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to John Simms.
Oliver Springs' next scoring drive was a quick one as Romero capped a 4-play, 68-yard drive with a 4-yard run that made the score 30-0 with 3:49 left in the first half. Romero also had a 30-yard run in the drive.
Oliver Springs' defense came up with the final score of the night as Logan Crisp returned a fumble 14 yards to the end zone to make the score 37-0 with 2:41 left in the second period.
The second half was played with a running clock and was played with mostly reserves on the field for the Bobcats.
The Eagles did put together three solid drives in the second half that made it to the red zone, but Oakdale couldn't come up with a score as all three drives ended in fumbles, recovered by Aliff, Ray Crass and Casey Wilson.
Oakdale was led by QB Ryan Powers, who completed 9 of 20 passes for 143 yards. Robert DeVaney was the leading receiver with four catches for 107 yards.
Up next for the Bobcats (1-2) is a home game against undefeated Sweetwater (3-0).
“Sweetwater's back on the upswing,” Brackett said. “It's going to be a tough, physical game and we'll have to play well if we want to win.”
Oliver Springs Statistics
Rushing- Romero 13-113 with 2 TDs, Davis 4-26, Green 3-7, Miller 4-60 with 1 TD, Nelson 6-44, Miles 4-11, Crass 1-3, Woods 6-55, Wright 2-10, Walls 2-(-12).
Passing- Miller 6-6 for 80 yards with 1 TD, Walls 1-2 for 8 yards.
Receiving- Crisp 1-22, Simms 4-38 with 1 TD, McBee 1-11, Davis 1-9, West 1-8.