Oakman offense too much for Berry
by Ricky Taylor
Nov 03, 2012 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BERRY — The Oakman Wildcats are best known for their high powered offense. Friday night at Fred Webster stadium in Berry it would be their defense that would lift them to victory, riding a wave of five intercepted passes to hold on 47-34.

Oakman’s Quinton Harris was all over the field for the Wildcats on both sides of the ball.

Harris scored three touchdowns and also picked off a pair of passes as Oakman won its ninth straight game.

Next up for the Wildcats is a first-round playoff game next week against Goshen at Oakman’s Hosea Collins Field. The Wildcats finished as region champions for the first time since 2003.

Early in the game, Berry was able to ride the momentum of the home crowd, where there was a packed house to watch these rivals separated by only 18 miles.

Oakman was forced to punt on their first two drives and then watched as Berry scored on a 71 yard touchdown strike from Maken Potter to Luke Stanford. Potter would then find Clancy Brown for the two point conversion and an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Berry then unsuccessfully attempted an onsides kick, which gave Oakman a short field, starting just past midfield.

Four plays later Jase Trotter found Quinton Harris for a 29-yard touchdown. Harris then ran in the two point attempt to even the score at 8-8.

Harris wasn’t finished.

On the next drive, with Berry driving deep into Oakman territory, Harris picked off Potter’s pass and returned the ball to midfield. Berry's defense maintained the momentum by holding Oakman to a quick three and out to end the first quarter.

Oakman took its first lead just over three minutes into the second quarter behind a one yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown by Trotter to cap an eight play, 59-yard drive.

On the ensuing drive, Chris Austin intercepted a Potter pass to give Oakman the ball at the Berry 9-yard line.

Austin was rewarded on the very next play, taking the handoff on a sweep around the right end for the score. Oakman failed to convert the extra point try for the second time to hold just a 20-8 lead midway through the second quarter.

Oakman appeared to have seized the momentum, holding Berry to a quick three and out and then scoring again on the very next play from scrimmage. This time Trotter hit Harris for a 61-yard touchdown.

The half ended with Oakman up 26-8, but not before Harris intercepted another Potter pass with under a minute remaining.

Despite having thrown three first half interceptions, Berry did not shy away from the passing game in the second half. Taking the opening drive of the half from their own 40-yard line, Berry drove down field and set themselves up with a first and goal from the Oakman 6-yard line. The boys in blue would step up again when needed, holding Berry on four straight plays to force a turnover on downs.

On Berry’s next drive, Reilly Williams was the lucky recipient of this Potter pass, retuning the interception just over 50 yards for a touchdown to take a 32-8 lead. Harris ran in the 2-point conversion to give Oakman the 22-point advantage with 4:11 left in the third quarter.

On the following drive, a Potter to Stanford pass for an 8 yard touchdown, followed by another Potter pass to Brown for the two point conversion, would cut the lead to 34-16 at the end of the third quarter.

Oakman would take only 1:11 to score in the fourth quarter. This time Harris would score on a running play from 16 yards away. The extra point was blocked by Berry to keep the score at 40-16.

Oakman would then allow some of their younger players to see some action, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

At the 7:05 mark in the fourth, Lindsey scored the last points of the regular season for Oakman by carrying the ball for a 51 yard score.

Berry scored twice more, on passes of 23 yards to Sanford and 12 yards to JC Finch for a final score of 47-32.

Berry was led by Potter, who passed for 259 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26 of 46 attempts but giving up five picks. Sanford had 12 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns for Berry.

Oakman was led by Harris' two interceptions, touchdown catches of 29 and 61 yards and a 16 yard touchdown run. Christopher Austin ran for 102 yards on 20 carries, while scoring one touchdown and intercepting a pass.

Trotter completed 6 of 12 passes for 122 yards and two scores. He also added 56 rushing yards with a touchdown.

On defense, John Coger added a late interception and Don Tyler Jackson had 10 tackles and a pass break up.