Football Team Wins Third In A Row Over Tigers

Posted on October 13, 2018 in Fall Sports, Football

BY KEVIN HELFRICH – ctreporter@indy.rr.com
MIER – Facing one of the more prolific passers in the area, a confident Oak Hill defense was up to the challenge on a Friday night filled with precipitation.

For the second consecutive week, the Golden Eagles posted a shutout in a 28-0 victory over visiting Alexandria on senior night.

“Our defense has been playing solid,” Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun said. “I’m really proud of them, another shutout and that was a high-powered offense.”

Tiger southpaw quarterback Rylan Metz who surpassed the 2,000 yard mark for the season, was limited to just 13-of-26 passing for 95 yards.

In the closing minutes of the opening quarter, Golden Eagle linebacker River Smith picked off a Metz pass and returned it 45 yards deep into Alexandria territory.

“We were in a cover three,” Smith said. “I played back on it and stepped in front of the receiver and went the other way.”

Five rushing plays later, Jon Holz capped the short 21 yard drive, by crossing the goal line from three yards out for a 7-0 advantage at the 11:15 mark of the second quarter. Holz was hit as he crossed the plain, Smith picked it up in the end zone anyway.

Oak Hill was on the field for just four defensive series in the first half surrendering a mere 67 yards, while forcing two punts and two turnovers.

“We had some injuries in the middle of the season,” Smith said. “It’s all starting to come together now.”

During the current three game win streak, the Golden Eagles have allowed just 12 points in 12 quarters.

Holz, continued to run wild in the second half, finishing with a career-high 272 yards on 22 carriers.

After the Golden Eagles forced an Alexandria punt to start the 3rd quarter, Holz took the ensuing play from scrimmage, bouncing off one tackler then outracing the secondary for a 14-0 margin with 9:31 left in the quarter.

He later broke the school record with a 93-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play.

“Those were the same two plays, same blocking,” Holz said. “Our offensive line did a great job of blocking, especially in the second half.”

Oak Hill amassed 353 rushing yards and it was the fourth time in the last five outings they have went over the 200 yard plateau.

Sophomore running back Blake Fox all but put the game away went he went in untouched form 22 yards out with just 4:26 remaining in the final quarter and a 21-0 lead.

It wasn’t just another senior night for coach Ozmun, it meant a little bit more with his son Landry, who leads the team in receiving yards playing his final regular season game.

“Being able to coach my son for four years and all his buddies watching them grow up is extra special.” “It’s always special to send the seniors out with a win on their night.”

Oak Hill (4-5, 4-3 CIC) travels to county Class 2A perennial state power Eastbrook in the opening round Sectional 35 matchup on Friday. The 5th ranked Panthers defeated the Golden Eagle 52-20 at Ball State on CIC Day back in mid-September.

“Our kids right now are feeling pretty good,” Ozmun said. “If you want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best.”

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