Austin picked up 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries as coach Mark Hastings’ Wildcats earned a spot in the second round of the state playoffs for the second straight season.
With the win, Oakman (10-1) notched its 10th straight win and its fifth season with 10 or more wins.
Next up for Oakman is a lengthy trip to Baldwin County on Friday to take on Mobile Christian (8-3).
The Eagles went three-and-out to start the game, and the Wildcats took only four plays to drive 71 yards downfield, including a 31-yard Jase Trotter touchdown pass to Elijah Farley. The extra point gave Oakman a 7-0 lead.
After exchanging punts to end the first quarter, Trotter completed a 31-yard pass to Deontre Muse to the Eagles’ 17-yard line. Two plays later, Austin ran in his first touchdown of the night from four yards out. The extra point snap was fumbled and kicker Matthew Wilson attempted to run it in, but came up short. The Wildcats led 13-0 with 10:35 left in the half.
Goshen’s ensuing drive saw the Eagles march down the field, including a long 22-yard run by Deangelo Orum to the Wildcat 3-yard line. He then punched it in to get Goshen on the board. Oakman blocked the extra point attempt, keeping the score at 13-6.
The Wildcats answered quickly, however, taking only two plays to get into Eagle territory. A pass interference call against Goshen put Oakman inside the 20-yard line. After getting down to the 2-yard line, Austin ran in untouched for another touchdown. The extra-point was missed, leaving the score at 19-6 going into halftime.
Goshen's first drive of the second half ended when Chris Austin intercepted Ramsey Rigby's pass at the Wildcat 5-yard line. Austin then had a 92-yard touchdown run called back due to a block in the back penalty. Undeterred, the 'Cats continued to march down the field to the 10-yard line, and on the first play of the fourth quarter, Quinton Harris ran in for the final touchdown of the game. The failed two-point conversion left the final score at 25-6.
Along with his 160 yards, Austin also had one reception for five yards and an interception on defense. Trotter went 5-for-16 passing for 86 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 50 yards. Harris rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown and Daniel Lindsey rushed for 64 yards. Defensively, Pervis Coger added his ninth interception of the season as well as two pass break ups and two tackles. Don Tyler Jackson had six tackles while both Tyler Smith and Reilly Williams added five tackles each.
For Goshen, Orum ran for 54 yards and a touchdown. Rigsby went 8-for-13 passing for 57 yards and 2 interceptions.
Goshen traveled 100 miles to Oakman on Friday. Now it’s Oakman that will make a road trip in the second round. The Wildcats will make the 220-mile trip to Mobile Christian, which advanced with a 24-17 win over Providence Christian on Friday.