Oakman offense too much for Rams
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 15, 2012 | 1052 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — The Oakman Wildcat offense lit up the scoreboard early and often in Friday night’s win over the Francis Marion Rams — putting up 19 points in the first four minutes of the contest to set the tone for the 64-26 blowout at Hosea Collins Field in Oakman.

Oakman’s balanced offensive attack produced 423 total yards — with 217 yards rushing and 206 passing yards. Jase Trotter completed 8 of 12 passes for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Hall Hastings went a perfect 5 for 5 in passing for 67 yards with a touchdown. Chris Austen rushed for 114 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown to lead the Oakman rushers.

Quinton Harris would turn in an amazing performance on the night with 303 all-purpose yards and 3 total touchdowns — leading the team in receiving with 3 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 14 yards and totalling 196 yards in kick returns with two touchdowns.

The Wildcat defense would also perform well, holding the Rams to 206 yards on the night. Don Tyler Jackson and Billy Shirley had four tackles to lead the team, with Jackson also recording two tackles for a loss while Shirley recorded a tackle for a loss and forced a fumble.

“We really wanted to come out and execute our offense well, as well as try to smooth out some of the challenges we’ve encountered in our gameplay for the rest of the season and we did a good job of it,” Oakman coach Mark Hastings said. “Everything went well for us early and I’m very pleased with our overall performance.”

The scoring began on the first offensive play of the game, with Trotter connecting with Harris on a 71-yard touchdown strike to allow Oakman to jump ahead 6-0 after the missed extra point kick.

On the ensuing possession, Oakman’s John Coger stepped in front of a Francis Marion pass and raced 51 yards for the touchdown. The Wildcats connected on the extra point to extend their lead to 13-0.

The Rams would bobble the kickoff moments later, which was scooped up by Harris, leading to a 7-play, 32 yard drive, with Trotter taking the ball in from two yards out. The missed extra point kick furthered Oakman’s lead to 19-0.

After the Wildcat defense would hold the Rams to a punt on the next series, Trotter would hit Elijah Farley on a 7-yard touchdown strike for a 26-0 lead after the successful conversion kick.

Francis Marion would get on the scoreboard to cut the lead to 26-6 to end the first quarter. Oakman answered on the first possession of the second quarter, with Trotter finding Deontre Muse on a 19-yard pass to cap off a 9-play, 44-yard drive, allowing the Wildcats to remain in command 33-6.

Austen would add another score to Oakman’s lead later in the quarter on a 10-yard run to end a 63-yard, 9-play drive, extending the Wildcat lead to 39-6. The Rams would score in the final seconds of the half to close the scoring at 39-12.

Midway through the third quarter, Coger grabbed his fifth interception of the year, leading to a 67-yard, 6-play drive. Austen would score his second rushing touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run to extend the Oakman lead to 45-12.

After Francis Marion cut the lead to 45-20 to begin the fourth quarter, Harris took the ensuing kickoff and raced 97 yards for the score, pushing Oakman’s lead to 51-20.

Four plays and a Ram score later, Harris snatched up the kickoff on his own 1-yard line and returned it 99 yards for his third overall touchdown of the night.

Afterward, Harris credited his special team blockers for allowing him to record the back-to-back kickoff return touchdowns.

“Everyone picked up their blocks exactly the way our coaches have taught us to do and with their help, I was able to take it in for the score both times,” Harris said. “It’s very special for me — to have two kickoff returns go for touchdowns in the same game rarely happens, let alone for it to be on back-to-back kickoffs. It’s wonderful to be able to share it with the guys who were out there blocking for me — they made it possible.”

Daniel Lindsey would score the final points for the Wildcats on a 15-yard run to help reach the 64-26 final.

With the win, Oakman remains a perfect 2-0 in Class 2A, Region 4 play. The travel to Uniontown next week to take on the R.C. Hatch Bobcats in another region showdown.