Eagles Fall To Elwood On Gridiron

Posted on October 9, 2011 in Fall Sports, Football, Home

By Eric Hinderliter ctreport@att.net www.chronicle-tribune.com

MIER – Typically five turnovers spell immediate doom for a football team.

For Oak Hill, when you pair the turnovers with the super-human rushing effort of Elwood’s Sammy Mireles the chances lessened even more. Despite the odds stacked against them, Oak Hill lost a close 27-21 decision to the Panthers Friday night to drop to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in Central Indiana Conference play. Elwood improves to 3-5.

Although Oak Hill’s porous defense allowed the sophomore Mireles to run wild for 433 yards, the Eagles remained in the hunt for most of the game.

“The effort was good,” Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun said. “We did regress a little to the early part of the season. Our mistakes dug us a hole.”

Elwood cracked the scoreboard first taking advantage of an Oak Hill fumble. Powered by Mireles, Elwood moved 60 yards on 12 plays finishing with Austin Dauenhauer’s short one yard plunge for a score.

The Eagles were able to respond on their ensuing drive behind the passing of Derek Durkes. Durkes hit three passes for 52 yards on the drive ending with a five-yard strike to Jagen Millspaugh to tie the score at 7.

Oak Hill blew a good scoring opportunity late in the second quarter when running back Alec Samuels’ pass was intercepted by the Panthers. A fumble on the Panther two yard line was a second lost Oak Hill opportunity in the third quarter. Elwood, again behind the strength of the indefatigable Mireles, marched 98 yards ending with a 29 yard Dauenhauer scoring pass to Korbin Buster. A minute later, after a Durkes interception, Mireles dashed 31 yards giving Elwood a comfortable 21-7 lead.

The Eagles clawed their way back into it midway through the fourth quarter when Grant Perkins eluded several Elwood defenders en route to a 90 yard scoring run. The momentum seemed to be swinging Oak Hill’s way as they were down just seven. But, Mireles would not be denied. His 30-yard scoring scamper iced the game for the Panthers.

“He’s as impressive as we thought he would be,” Ozmun said. “He’s quick and darty. He sees the field well and he doesn’t go down easily.”

Mireles’ 433 yards came on 51 carries. Alec Samuels’ short touchdown run late in the game rounded out the scoring. Samuels led the Eagle ground attack with 95 yards while Perkins also garnered 95 yards. Durkes threw for 179 yards connecting on eight of 14 passes.

While Mireles stole the show, it is worth noting that key defenders Kegan Anderson and Wes Mann were banged up and not at full strength. Despite the loss, Ozmun was pleased with the effort.

“We keep working to get out of the holes we dig.”

Oak Hill finishes the regular season with a visit to Eastbrook next Friday.

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