Football Team Falls To Indians

Posted on September 23, 2018 in Fall Sports, Football

GAS CITY — Heisman Skeens and Cade Campbell have spent most of the last two-plus football season causing havoc for opposing defenses, and in front of a big homecoming crowd Friday night at Mississinewa the Indians’ dynamic duo was at it again.

Skeens rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns from his quarterback position, while Campbell went for 103 yards and found the end zone twice to lead Ole Miss over a young and improving Oak Hill team, 45-14.

“Our kids played hard. We didn’t execute the best at times on offense and defense but these are games that you can learn from,” said Ole Miss coach Curt Funk. “Oak Hill plays hard and they’re getting better every week. We told our kids that coming into this game, they’re better than their record shows and I think our kids found that out tonight because Oak Hill played hard.”

Skeens athletic skill set has been difficult to defend for Mississinewa opponents since he stepped on the field as a freshman. Now as a senior and a first-year quarterback having the ball in his hands nearly every play, it can be a nightmarish proposition for anyone defend, let alone a team laden with sophomores.

Skeens scored on a six-yard run to start the scoring and give Ole Miss a 7-0 lead, then added a two-yard plunge and a 49-yard scamper to put the Indians on top 42-7 and put the game away for the Indians in the third quarter.

Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun saw a lot of positives out of the Golden Eagles, again, he’s just waiting on the young players, six sophomore starters on offense, to become more consistent.

“We’re definitely getting better and I talked to the kids about this, last week it was Eastbrook and this week it was Mississinewa, two of the better teams in our area and two of the most experienced and explosive teams,” Ozmun said. “The scoreboard doesn’t indicate it but when I look at my youth and I look at my guys, I see progress. I see us getting better offensively and defensively and on special teams.

“How many times are you going to see a Heisman Skeens and that ability,” he added. “And the offensive power that Eastbrook puts on the field, we’ve seen those back-to-back. I still feel like were getting better. We’re getting battle tested.”

Skeens’ first TD capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive for the Indians that saw Ole Miss eat up more than six minutes of the first quarter.

The second score for Ole Miss came much quicker. An errant shotgun snap sailed by Oak Hill quarterback Clay McCorkle and was run down by Mississinewa’s speedy linebacker Tabias Mead who fell on the ball at the goal line for a score less than a minute later. Mead had a pair of quarterback sacks and a tackle for loss to go with his TD and lead the Ole Miss defense from his linebacker position.

“Tabias does an outstanding job for us on the edge, helps set that edge for us and his speed is incredible,” Funk said. “He has great catch-up speed. This is his second year playing football and he gets better and better each week.”

Campbell scored from two yards out with just under six minutes to play before halftime to put the Indians up 21-0, but Oak Hill answered with its best drive of the game, a 12-play 70-yard effort that saw McCorkle throw a strike to Kian Hite for the last 23 yards and cut the Ole Miss lead to 21-7 with just over a minute to play in the half.

But Ole Miss had a lightning-quick, 47 seconds to be precise, five-play and 62-yard drive before Campbell found the endzone from eight yards away with 11 seconds remaining. Cade Campbell caught a 25 yard pass from Skeens and Carson Campbell, Cade’s freshman brother, had a 29-yard catch and run to set the score up.

Oak Hill had some success on the ground too, Jon Holz led all rushers with 195 yards on 17 carries and scored the Eagles second TD on a 54 yard run in the fourth quarter.

“I got seven starting positions standing on the sideline and I’ve got six sophomore starting on offense and were battling,” Ozmun said of what pleased him most. “We’re fighting and doing some good things. We’re inconsistent but we’re battling and fighting against a ranked 4A team that’s got some of the best speed and talent around and we’re fighting. That’s what I can ask.”

Oak Hill (1-5) travels to Madison-Grant on Friday.

Mississinewa (5-1) goes to Frankton.

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