Oakman gets past Midfield for region win

Moody interception seals Wildcats' victory

By JEFFERY WINBORNE Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/8/17

MIDFIELD — The sixth-ranked Oakman Wildcats moved to a perfect 2-0 on the year, opening up region play on the road with a win over the Midfield Patriots, but the win didn’t come easy.

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Oakman gets past Midfield for region win

Moody interception seals Wildcats' victory

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MIDFIELD — The sixth-ranked Oakman Wildcats moved to a perfect 2-0 on the year, opening up region play on the road with a win over the Midfield Patriots, but the win didn’t come easy.

Despite giving up 185 yards passing by Midfield quarterback Anthony Brown, the Wildcat defense stepped up with three crucial interceptions — the last of which ended the Patriots hopes of retaking the lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

The first came on the opening play from scrimmage. From his own 27-yard line, Brown threw the ball up for grabs down field where Jakob Atkins easily brought it in for the Wildcats.

Oakman struggled the first few plays, but converted a short fourth down attempt to keep the drive alive. Then from midfield, Christian Hubbard rushed three times for 45 yards. Two plays later he ran in from one yard-out to put Oakman on the board. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score 6-0.

Both teams struggled on offense for most of the first quarter, trading punts. Oakman had possession at its own 29-yard line late in the first when Malcolm Hogue fumbled. The Patriots took advantage of the short field with a five-play, 23-yard drive capped off by a two-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Samuel Smith to give Midfield a 7-6 lead.

After going up 13-6 late in the first half, Midfield was looking to the end zone again, but Nick Moody jumped in front of the Patriot receiver to intercept the pass at the two-yard line to allow the Wildcats to go to the locker room at half only down one score.

Hubbard had his second consecutive 100 yard game, this time rushing for 146 total and three touchdowns. His second of the night came on the opening drive of the second half when he ran in untouched from 16 yards out to bring the Wildcats to within one point.

Oakman's defense struggled in coverage and tackling most of the night, allowing big gain plays from Midfield's quarterback. With 44 seconds left in the third quarter, Brown connected with Demarques Densmore for a 25-yard touchdown pass to again make it a seven-point difference at 19-12.

The fourth quarter became a shootout as both offenses seemed unstoppable. The Wildcats started at their own 40-yard line and methodically marched downfield. A 12-play, 5:38 second drive ended when Jon Avery scrambled right before finding Moody open for a 10-yard touchdown. Still trailing by one, the offense stayed on the field. Hogue powered up the middle to give Oakman a 20-19 lead.

A busted coverage by Oakman left Midfield’s Brian Wrench standing wide open in the middle of the field for a 26-yard gain. Two plays later, Brown ran into the endzone from three yards out for his only rushing touchdown of the night to retake the lead.

The Patriots two-point conversion was successful, making it 27-20 with 5:12 left in the game.

Avery took control of his offense with the game on the line, completing passes for 9, 14 and 19 yards to put the Wildcats in scoring position. Hubbard finished the job, scoring his third touchdown of the night from eight yards out. Hogue again was successful on the two-point try, giving Oakman a 28-27 lead.

With two timeouts and 3:30 of game clock remaining, Midfield took over at its own 40-yard line. Five plays into the drive, Brown took a long shot for the endzone only to watch Moody come down with the ball for a second time, allowing the Wildcats to run out the clock and escape with the win.

Oakman returns home next week to continue region play when they host Greene County.

The Tigers are coming off a 36-30 victory over Carbon Hill.