Oakman tops Lamar County in region opener
by Lonnie Love
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Oakman players hit the field before Friday’s win over Lamar County. The Wildcats led 34-0 at the half and rolled to a 41-24 victory. Photo by: Chase Lawrence
Oakman players hit the field before Friday’s win over Lamar County. The Wildcats led 34-0 at the half and rolled to a 41-24 victory. Photo by: Chase Lawrence
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OAKMAN — Oakman scored early and often Friday night.

The Wildcats put 34 points on the scoreboard in the first half and never looked back, beating Lamar County 41-24 in the Class 2A, Region 4 opener for both schools.

With 7:39 left in the first quarter, Oakman drove 71 yards for the first score of the game. Chris Austin ran it in from 2 yards out but the extra point was no good, giving Oakman a 6-0 lead.

That would only be the beginning for the Wildcats. Three minutes later, with Lamar County driving on Oakman’s 24-yard line, Dallas Cockerham fumbled and Don Tyler Jackson scooped it up and ran it back 65 yrds for Oakman’s second touchdown. Quarterback Jase Trotter ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 14-0.

In the second quarter, a 60-yard run by Austin set up the Wildcats’ third touchdown, a 4-yard run by Quinton Harris as Oakman took a 20-0 lead.

With 7:27 left in the 2nd, Oakman struck again, on a 2-yard pass from Trotter to Jackson that made the score 26-0. Another pass from Trotter to Harris for 36 yards, and a Trotter two-point conversion, gave the Wildcats a commanding 34-0 lead into the locker room. In the second half, Lamar County was able to put points on the board against Oakman’s reserves to make the final score 41-24.

For the Wildcats (1-1, 1-0), Austin ran 14 times for 105 yards and 1 score while Jase Trotter passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 9 of 14 passes. The game marked the Wildcats’ first win over Lamar County in five tries.

For the Bulldogs, Dallas Cockerham passed for 82 yards on 4 of 15 passes, Timothy Harton ran eight times for 49 yards and a touchdown while Cullin Carter ran twice for 46 yards and one score.

Oakman hosts Francis Marion next week in another region matchup.