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OSMS advances to title game

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By Brian Langley

In what was being billed as the regular season district championship game, Oliver Springs turned it into a 48-8 rout of Sunbright in middle school football action last Thursday night to clinch the 2010 championship.

The Bobcats (5-2) rolled up 430 yards of offense and used a 30-0 edge in the second half to propel them to a 40-point win over the Tigers (5-2).

Oliver Springs exacted some revenge from the Tigers, who had beaten the Bobcats last year and knocked them out of a chance to go to the championship game.

“We was close last year. The cards didn’t fall our way. We felt like we missed an opportunity to play for the championship last year. I’m just proud of our team the way they have battled through injuries and adversity throughout the year,” explained Oliver Springs head coach Larry Green.

Oliver Springs got on the board first when Markus Miller crashed in from the two for a 6-0 lead with 2:49 left in the opening quarter.

Sunbright tied the game on the last play of the quarter when John Martin Stephens hit Ethan Northrup for a 44-yard scoring pass. Stephens hit Keith Brooks for the two-point pass to give the Tigers an 8-6 lead. 

Oliver Springs’ Derek Tinker scored on an 11-yard run on the next drive to give the Bobcats the lead for good at 12-8.

Oliver Springs’ Tyler Stombaugh recovered an onside kick and the Bobcats turned it into a four-play, 53-yard scoring drive capped by a 41-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Buck to Brandon Taylor to push the lead to 18-8.

After fumbling the ball away on their next possession, Sunbright’s Northrup came up with an interception. The Tigers used runs of 37 and 15 yards by Skyler Bunch to get deep into Bobcat territory before the drive ended on downs.

The Bobcats took the 18-8 lead into the locker room.   

Oliver Springs needed only one play in the second half to build a 24-8 advantage when Tinker ripped off a 48-yard run.

Sunbright threw three straight interceptions during the second half with Taylor returning one 31 yards for a score, and he had another which set up the next score, a 40-yard run by Miller. Buck threw a couple of two-point passes to Tinker and Aaron Noe to build a 40-8 advantage with still 7:52 left in the game.

Jacob Pope then intercepted the final pass and the Bobcats marched 52 yards in seven plays with Hezikah Jennings finishing it with a nine-yard touchdown run. Lane Evans hit David Edmundson for the deuce and the 48-8 victory.

Oliver Springs held a commanding 430-152 edge in total yards and forced five turnovers.  

Oliver Springs’ 372-yard rushing attack was powered by the 1-2 punch of Tinker (15-221, 2 TD) and Miller (12-112, 2 TD). Buck was 1-3 for 41 yards with a touchdown and a pick through the air. Taylor (1-41, 1 TD) and Brandon Owens (1-17) were the top receivers.

“Our offensive line, I felt like just controlled the line of scrimmage tonight and had some great blocking. Markus (Miller) and Derek (Tinker) ran hard. (Brandon) Buck threw the ball well,” said Green.

Oliver Springs’ Brandon Taylor had two interceptions to lead the defense. 

“Brandon Taylor played a heck of a game on defense with two interceptions and one run back for a touchdown, and he caught a touchdown pass,” said Green.  

Oliver Springs will face Midway this Thursday with a chance to finish the district schedule undefeated.