Football Team Gets Win Over Elwood

Posted on September 17, 2017 in Fall Sports, Football

MIER — It was a long time coming, but the Oak Hill football team was able to crack the win column Friday night when they faced Elwood. Riding a stifling defensive effort and a grind it out rushing attack, the Eagles took down the Panthers 21-0.
“I’m really happy for the guys,” said Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun. “It’s been a tough four weeks and it is good to get the monkey off our back.”
The Eagle defense shut down an Elwood offense that had only scored 12 points on the season. Elwood managed just a scant 96 yards of offense, with 70 of those coming in the first half. Oak Hill also forced three turnovers to add to Elwood’s misery.
The Oak Hill offense, behind the strong running of Reid Newhouse took the ball 56 yards on a nine play drive, setting the tone for the game early on. Landry Ozmun, on a perfectly executed fake handoff to Newhouse snuck his way ten yards to the end zone, accounting for Oak Hill’s 7-0 half time lead.
The first half featured three big stops by the Oak Hill defense. In the first quarter the Panthers, thanks to a nice 21 yard pass from Ben Delong to Drew Leisure was able to advance to the Eagle 29 yard line before losing the ball on downs.
Twice in the second quarter, the Oak Hill defense stopped the Panthers after Elwood had driven into Eagle territory. Once was a loss on downs, the second by a Landry Ozmun interception. Also making big defensive plays on the night were River Smith and Clay McCorkle who both picked off Elwood passes.
“We felt pretty good about our defensive game plan,” explained Bud Ozmun. “We are pretty pleased overall. We got a shut out. I’m proud of that.”
Oak Hill added two scores in the second half as the running game began to wear down the Elwood defense. Wes Transier’s nifty 30 yard punt return set the Eagles up in good shape on the Elwood 30 midway through the third quarter. Four runs by Newhouse, the final punched in from the one, put Oak Hill up 14-0.
After a long 75 yard run, Jonah Powell was able to score from the two to round out the Eagle scoring in the fourth quarter.
With exceptional offensive line play, Oak Hill racked up 304 rushing yards led by Powell’s 130 on just 11 carries. Newhouse picked up 117 on 21 carries, while Transier gained 44.
“Our offensive line gave our backs a lot of opportunities,” said Ozmun. “Powell comes in and does a nice job. Transier is a workhorse. I’m proud of those three guys.”
The Eagles, now 1-4 on the season, with a 1-2 mark in CIC play returns to action next Friday with a matchup at Eastbrook.

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