Hillcrest ousts Oakman

Jaguars jump out to 35-0 lead

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 11/17/17

OAKMAN — Oakman never gained any traction Friday night, losing at home in the second round of the playoffs to the Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars 42-14 at Hosea Collins Field.

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Hillcrest ousts Oakman

Jaguars jump out to 35-0 lead

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OAKMAN — Oakman never gained any traction Friday night, losing at home in the second round of the playoffs to the Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars 42-14 at Hosea Collins Field.

With the win, the Jaguars got a measure of revenge against an Oakman team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the second round last year.

This time around, it was all Hillcrest.

The Jaguars won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Wildcats took over at their own 31-yard line and proceeded to methodically march down the field. After 11 plays and 6:11 of game clock, Jon Avery completed a 6-yard pass to Nick Moody but failed to pick up the 1st down, turning the ball over on downs.

It would be the only sustained drive of the game for the ‘Cats.

Hillcrest fumbled the ball on both of its first two drives, but Oakman failed to take advantage.

The first try saw them go three and out. The second Jaguar fumble led to the Wildcats committing their first turnover of the night when Nathan Gilbreath recovered an Oakman fumble at the Hillcrest 41-yard line to end a scoreless first quarter.

The second quarter saw Oakman give up 35 unanswered points. Ryan Nettles scored his only rushing score of the night with a 19 yard run to go up 6-0.

Oakman’s ensuing drive ended after only four plays when Cortez Betts intercepted Avery and ran it back for a 75-yard pick 6. Andray Pope threw to Joshua Jackson for the two-point conversion to go up 14-0.

Despite the losing effort, quarterback Avery put on a stellar performance. He completed 13 passes on 19 attempts for 236 yards and two touchdowns. The interception and a late game fumble, however, were costly for the senior quarterback in his final game as a Wildcat.

The Jaguars (11-1) next two touchdowns came on the ground.

First a 1-yard run by Pope. Next a short 2-play drive that resulted in a 74-yard touchdown run down the left sideline by Kobe Bradley.

Oakman turned the ball over again on the ensuing kickoff when Gilbreath fumbled at his own 33-yard line. Nettles then threw a lateral to Bradley who threw downfield to Brandon Rudolph to go up 35-0 as the first half mercifully came to a close.

Hillcrest’s hopes of a shutout came to an end when late in the third quarter, Avery threw a 48-yard touchdown to Gilbreath to put Oakman on the board. Avery’s pass to the endzone was good for the 2-point conversion to make it 35-8.

Oakman fumbled again just three plays into the fourth quarter. Again the Jaguars did not waste the opportunity. A 21-yard run by Bradley set up Hillcrest inside the 10-yard line. Two plays later Tyrek Lee ran in for his team’s seventh touchdown of the night.

With hopes of a comeback gone late in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats continued to fight. Avery threw a dart to Dalton Key who raced to the endzone to cut into the lead, 42-14.

Oakman’s season comes to a close at 8-4 and despite having to replace a number of seniors, including quarterback Avery, the Wildcats will look toward yet another playoff run in 2018. Eight juniors on this team will look to be a strong senior class going forward.