Football Team Gets Back In Win Column Over Argylls

Posted on September 30, 2018 in Fall Sports, Football

Senior River Smith

Senior River Smith scores a touchdown vs. Madison-Grant

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
FAIRMOUNT — The Oak Hill football may have given future opponents a bit of concern when it comes to preparing to play against its mulit-dimensional offense against Madison-Grant.

The Golden Eagles were able to control the line of scrimmage and amassed 405 total yards with the football, while not turning it over and keeping sophomore quarterback Clay McCorkle protected without allowing a sack, and Oak Hill spoiled the Argylls’ senior night with a 34-12 win.

McCorkle complete 12 of 14 passes for 201 yards and touchdowns to three different receivers, two of those scores came in the first half.

Oak Hill stopped the Argylls three-and-out after the opening kickoff, and immediately marched six plays and 60 yards with River Smith hauling in a 20-yard touchdown from McCorkle, The first of four Mark Sevier extra points made it 7-0 Oak Hill midway through the first quarter.

“We came out and felt comfortable in what we could do throwing the ball against what we had seen them do defensively,” said Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun. “Fortunately we were able to capitalize on that a little bit early. We gave up a couple of opportunities we felt like we should have capitalized on so we weren’t real pleased at halftime.”

Landry Ozmun and Kian Hite each intercepted passes in Argyll territory but Oak Hill was unable to capitalize.

Madison-Grant picked up 275 yards on offense with more than 100 of those coming on two plays. The first, a 54-yard touchdown run by sophomore Clayton Powell pulled M-G within 7-6 less than four minutes into the second quarter.

But Madison-Grant struggled to consistently move the football and Oak Hill would get its offense going with an 11-play drive that ended with McCorkle hitting Jacob Winger from 11-yards out just 40 seconds before the half giving the Eagles a 14-6 lead.

Oak Hill set the tone on offense right from the opening kick in the second half. The Eagles marched 85-yards in eight plays, with Jon Holz gaining 77 of his 153 yards on the drive. Holz scored the first of his two third quarter TDs on a 12-yard run putting the Eagles up 20-7.

“We came out in the second half and we really wanted to establish a running game,” Ozmun said. “We felt like we loosened them up a little bit secondary wise so lets establish run.

“The offensive line really did a great job and Holz found a second burst in the second half and we were able to put up a solid third quarter,” he added.

McCorkle hit Mason McKinney with a 22-yard TD pass and Holz added a powerful seven-yard touchdown run before the third quarter was over and the Eagles had control, 34-6.

Madison-Grant made an impressive nine-play, 85-yard drive spanning the end of the third and early fourth quarters, highlighted by quarterback Dylan Brooks racing 51-yards on a keeper. Michael Stewart finished it with a two-yard plunge to make the final score.

Stewart led the Argylls with 92 yards on 17 carries while Powell finished with 77 yards on seven totes.

“We’ve got to get better, keep working,” said M-G coach Brady Turner. “We’re not going to quit coaching only thing we can do is get better.

“The kids didn’t quit and kept playing through the whole fourth quarter even though the game was out of reach,” he added. “There’s some things to build on there. We’ve just got to get better an play a whole game.”

Ozmun was please with his team’s defensive effort as well.

“It’s tough to prepare for. You can’t simulate it because you don’t run it,” Ozmun said of M-G’s wing-T style offense. “You’re just trying to teach and get them in the right spots and guys like that when they’re patient and they run that offense, if you have to punt you’re okay, because you could be lazy or not be in the right spot and they’re going to break one.”

“They’ve done a great job under the circumstances they were put in in the beginning of the year,” he added of Madison-Grant. “Thats a much better team than they’re record and like I’ve been telling our kids I feel like were a better team than our record. That was a good, physical hard fought game by both teams.

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