Oakman dominated through the ground and the air as the Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the season. It’s Oakman’s first 2-0 start since the 2003 team won its first 11 games.
Quarterback Jase Trotter and slippery running back Logan Guthrie led the offense for the second straight week. Both players topped the 100-yard mark on the ground. Guthrie had 161 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries while Trotter had 103 yards and a score on 10 carries.
“Our line is very inexperienced but it’s getting better. It sure makes a difference when you have Logan back there. He’s very elusive. He’s hard to get a hold of. He turns a mistake into a positive play. That’s a huge benefit,” third-year Oakman coach Mark Hastings said. “Jase played well tonight. We threw an interception, but he came back and made some good reads and some good throws. He’s still young, too.”
The game was slowed by a bevy of penalties. Oakman had a pair of touchdowns called back.
“It was good to get that one out of the way,” Hastings added. “We’re still so inexperienced that playing in any game is helping our boys.”
Oakman (2-0 in Class 2A, Region 7) led 20-6 after the first quarter and 34-12 at the half.
The Wildcats added a pair of scores in the third quarter. Guthrie set up the first with an interception that he returned 22 yards to the Cold Springs 28-yard line. On the next play he weaved 28 yards to the end zone.
Later in the quarter, Chris Austin added a 27-yard run to close out the scoring with 4:31 left in the third.
Cold Springs lost its 27th straight game dating back to Week 5 of the 2008 season.
“It’s good to get a region win, especially in a nine-team region. You have so many teams fighting for four spots. You have to get every (region) win you can get,” Hastings said.
Trotter also completed 8-for-11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, giving him 252 yards of offense. Austin added seven rushes for 99 yards and two scores. Quinton Harris led Oakman with three catches for 81 yards.
Hastings is expecting a tough test next week with a Class 2A, Region 7 game at Westminster Christian in Huntsville.
“We have a tough one next week. I think they have a really good team. Coach Hooks always has a good defense. He will come into that game with a plan,” Hastings added.