Football Falls In Second Half To Bruins

Posted on September 1, 2018 in Fall Sports, Football

BY ERIC HINDERLITER – ctreporter@indy.rr.com
Four promising second half possessions resulted in no points for the Oak Hill Eagles Friday night.

After heading into the second half with a 21-14 lead, the Eagles gave up three scores to Blackford to drop the contest 34-21 on the road. Blackford moves to 2-1.

Coach Bud Ozmun recognizes that his club, now 0-3, have had opportunities each week this season.

“As long as they don’t get down on themselves, it will come together,” explained Ozmun. “We’ve had opportunities and if we can eliminate the mistakes it will come together for them.”

Oak Hill’s offense was able to drive into Blackford territory each time in the second half. Keyed by a 20-yard run by Blake Fox, the Eagles stalled on the Bruin 26 when Clay McCorkle was stuffed on fourth down.

The Bruins took advantage of the stop thanks to a big 56-yard dash by Austen Lancaster, setting up a short scoring pass from Caleb Mealy to Dalton Willman.

Again, Oak Hill went on the march on their next possession. Riding Fox on the drive, it took five plays to get down to the Bruin 28.

Unfortunately, Fox was hit hard and lost the ball to the Bruins. The opportunistic Bruins responded quickly on their very next play. Not known for a passing attack, Mealy hit Dalton Willman for a second touchdown, this one covering an impressive 74 yards.

Now down 28-21, the Eagles drove all the way down to the three yard line before losing the ball on downs. Fox was stopped on his fourth down run attempt. Oak Hill was in position to score in large part to a big pass play from McCorkle to Landry Ozmun.

The Bruin running attack was key to their victory. They pounded away at the Eagle defense, running the ball 50 times for 346 yards with Lancaster going for 141 yards on 21 carries.

Blackford tacked on another score on Shane Elam’s run late in the fourth quarter.

Oak Hill was able to take a couple of steps forward offensively both on the ground and in the air. They racked up 135 yards on the ground led by the hard running of Blake Fox. Fox ended with 87 yards on 21 carries.

“It was his first opportunity to run the ball consistently,” said Ozmun. “He felt real comfortable and saw things really well. It was a real nice four-quarter night for him.”

Quarterback Clay McCorkle completed eight of 13 passes for 171 yards. Kian Hite caught four of his passes for 69 yards.

“He’s done a nice job. His poise for a sophomore is very strong,” praised Ozmun. “He’s done a nice job stepping up. We are real proud of him.”

After the Bruins scored on their opening drive of the game on a short run by Elam, Josiah Harvey ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards shifting the momentum quickly.

McCorkle pushed the Eagles ahead early in the second quarter. Under pressure, McCorkle tucked the ball in and dashed 28 yards to the end zone.

The Bruins had their next drive extended on an Eagle penalty on a field goal attempt. Elam made the Eagles pay with another scoring run.

McCorkle again showed off his passing touch on the next drive when he stepped up in the pocket on fourth down and found Nate Alston coming across the middle of the field setting the table for Fox’s ten yard scoring run.

“I’m sick for them,” Ozmun said. “They did everything we asked of them. They deserve better.”

Oak Hill will look for their first win next Friday when they travel to Elwood.

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