Oakman claims first region title since 2003
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Oct 20, 2012 | 1178 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ALICEVILLE — For the first time in nine years the Oakman Wildcats are region champions.

Oakman fought back from a halftime deficit, scoring 30 second-half points, beating Aliceville 50-36 on the road Friday night to claim the Class 2A, Region 4 title.

Oakman last won a region title in 2003, going undefeated in the regular season.

The Wildcats (7-1 overall, 6-0 in region play) trailed 28-20 at the half, but responded to tie the game 28-all early in the third quarter.

From there, Oakman took over, scoring 14 straight points, the last touchdown on a reverse to Elijah Farley to give Oakman all the points it would need with a 43-36 lead. The Wildcats added a final touchdown late in the game to put Aliceville away.

All of Oakman’s offensive weapons had big games against the Yellow Jackets (4-4, 4-2).

Quarterback Jase Trotter had his biggest night of the season rushing the ball, picking up 145 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Trotter, who also completed 5 of 11 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, had 215 yards of offense as well as a hand in four touchdowns as the Wildcats won their seventh straight game.

Friday’s win means that Oakman will host a home playoff game in the first round for the second straight year.

Chris Austin also had a big game on the ground for Oakman, rushing 19 times for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Quinton Harris had his second passing touchdown of the season, hitting Farley for a 42-yard score.

Hall Hastings added three catches and a touchdown.

Oakman’s defense came up big on the night.

Don Tyler Jackson had another impressive performance, registering 15 tackles and a rushing touchdown.

Reilly Williams added 10 tackles, Pervis Coger had an interception — his seventh of the season — along with four tackles and two pass breakups. Caleb Woods also had an interception and a fumble recovery.

The 50 points allowed by Aliceville was the most the Jackets have given up since losing to Gordo 54-13 in the 1995 season finale.

Oakman closes the region schedule on the road at Cold Springs next week before finishing up the regular-season at Berry.