Golden Eagles Turn Game Over to Comets

Posted on August 22, 2011 in Fall Sports, Football, Home

Eastern utilizes miscues for 69-35 victory
By Chuck Landis
clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:07 AM EDT
GREENTOWN — Oak Hill knows it has a lot of work to get done after a myriad of problem areas were uncovered in its season-opening football game Friday evening.

Six costly turnovers led to Eastern touchdowns and the host Comets overpowered the Golden Eagles 69-35, falling four points short of their single game scoring record. They broke the game wide open in a furious second period five TDs and built a 48-14 halftime lead.

“We’re going to have a good, hard week,” Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun told his team afterward. “Don’t look at it as punishment. This is just week one and trust me, we will be better in week two.”

A talented Eastern team dominated the Eagles in every way: on the ground (264 yards), through the air (232 passing yards) and with its return game (three interception and one kickoff return TDs).

 
Yet, Oak Hill was on the verge of scoring the game’s first TD after Matt McDivitt intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards to Eastern’s 18-yard line midway through the first quarter. On the second offensive play, Eagles quarterback Derek Durkes had a flat pass picked off by Clay Marner, who raced 82 yards untouched for the initial score.

Durkes had two other interceptions returned for scores of 38 and 56 yards. The junior completed 10 of 23 passes for 218 yards and two long TDs of 76 yards to Wes Mann and 73 yards to Alec Samuels.

Oak Hill helped fuel Eastern’s big second quarter with three consecutive turnovers — two fumbles and another interception. Ozmun said the Eagles’ poor conditioning contributed to their problems on a humid evening, leading to mental lapses and breakdowns.

“We put ourselves in a hole that was difficult to climb out,” Ozmun said. “We got to suck it up and we didn’t do that. To (Eastern’s) credit, they took advantage of every mistake and took all the momentum.”

Eastern running back Blake Thomas rushed for 98 yards and caught four passes for 87 yards. Thomas had a rushing, passing and kickoff return TD. Tight end Joey Price, a Michigan State recruit, caught four passes for 124 yards, and Marner finished with 105 rushing yards.

Kegan Anderson rushed for 84 yards for Oak Hill and Samuels added 65 rushing yards in addition to his 73-yard TD catch.

Oak Hill hosts Southwood at 7 p.m. Friday.

 

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