Football Team Falls To Blackford

Posted on September 10, 2017 in Fall Sports, Football

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
MIER — Preparing a defense to face the Wing-T offense is no easy task.
Randy Sehy, now in his second season of rebuilding a once proud Blackford football program, has won a lot of football games in his 13-year career with the deceptive rushing offense, and Friday night he added another win to his resume using the tough-to-defend style at the expense of host Oak Hill.
The Bruins rushed for 356 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in earning their second win of the year 33-14 over the Golden Eagles in Central Indiana Conference play.
“When Randy was at Madison-Grant – you can ask anybody in the CIC – you hated to prepare against it,” Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun said. “We knew watching film he’s on a roll. His two losses were to a 4A Jay County team and the defending conference champions in Mississinewa.
“You watch them on film and ignore the score, you knew that’s a good football team,” he added. “Defensively, its almost impossible to prepare for, practice-wise because you can’t simulate it with a scout team.”
Junior running back Jacob Deavers spearheaded Blackford’s rushing attack with 102 yards and three touchdowns while senior Blaine Riddle added 93 yards and another score as the Bruins averaged better than seven yards a carry in the game.
“We played our best complete game tonight,” Sehy said. “We’ve been getting a little better each game, cutting down on some mental errors and doing some things we need to sharpen up and we put it all together tonight.
“We’ve got six guys we trust to run the football, a couple more than the others,” he added. “But our offensive line stepped up tonight and that was kind of the difference between our earlier games. Our offensive line really stepped up and played well.”
The Bruins offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening kick. Blackford marched 67 yards in eight plays with Deavers traveling the final 15 for a score and 6-0 lead just over four minutes gone off the clock.
Oak Hill wasted little time in getting rolling on offense either, taking just two plays to go 67 yards with Wes Transier taking a sweep 55 yards for a touchdown. Mark Sevier added his first of two extra points and the Golden Eagles led 7-6 less than a minute later.
Blackford answered right back with a four-play drive, capped by Riddle’s 55-yard scamper and a two-point run that gave the Bruins a 14-7 lead and they wouldn’t trail again.
The Golden Eagles had some success moving the football but committed turnovers on their next three drives: a Landry Ozmun interception and two lost fumbles.
“That’s what we’ve done all year, we get something positive going and we can’t sustain it,” Ozmun said. “We’ve had consistency problems all year and it’s cost us. It cost us in two close ball games and it cost us tonight.”
Blackford capitalized on each of the first two turnovers, Deavers scored on a 30-yard run and quarterback Caleb Mealy added a three-yard touchdown and the Bruins took a 27-7 lead to halftime.
There were positives for the Golden Eagles.
Transier rushed for 69 yards and Reid Newhouse added 45 yards on the ground.
“We’ve needed a rushing attack and Wes, week-by-week has gotten better. He’s gotten more confident,” Ozmun said. “With him knowing we are going to count on him, he’s really embraced that. Tonight is really the first night we’ve gotten Reid some room to run the ball so that’s a positive and it’s a positive for our offensive line that we were able to create some seems for him.
“We’ve struggled running the ball the first few games and we’ve had to throw the ball,” he added. “We didn’t throw the ball very well tonight.”

Oak Hill started the second half with a 13-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a River Smith quarterback sneak and pulled the Golden Eagles within 27-14.
But again Blackford answered, this time a nine-play drive with Deavers picking up 29 yards on a third-and-11 and finishing it with his third score from two yards out.
Landry Ozmun and Smith combined to pass for 5-of-13, but each added an interception in the second half and Oak Hill finished with five turnovers for the game while the Bruins didn’t turn it over at all.
Freshman Mason McKinney led Oak Hill with two catches for 37 yards, including a big fourth down grab on the Golden Eagles scoring drive to open the second half.
Oak Hill (0-4) will now prepare to face a struggling Elwood team on Friday and coach Ozmun is confident his Golden Eagles will bounce back and be ready for the Panthers.
“We’ve just got to keep getting better and more consistent. We’re at a point at 0-4 and you look at the numbers, you just don’t want guys checking out on you,” he said. “I’ve got a really good group of guys and I’ve got a lot of faith in them that and they want to get better. I don’t really see the attitude in them that they’re going to give up on us and I’m confident next week we’ll have a good week of practice and the guys will come in on Monday ready to get better.”

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