The Wildcats scored 28 points in a torrid first half and then held off a furious Northside rally for a 28-21 road win Friday night.
Oakman running back Chris Austin scored three touchdowns on the ground in the opening quarter and finished the game with 15 carries for 110 yards.
Austin opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown on Oakman’s first drive for a 6-0 lead. Quinton Harris then returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Oakman converted a 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
After Northside cut the lead in half, Austin capped a 50-yard drive with a touchdown. On Oakman’s next possession, the Wildcats went 72 yards with Austin again closing out the drive with a score.
Oakman (4-1) led 28-7 at the half.
Northside started its rally in the third quarter when quarterback Justin Beck ran in a 1-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 28-14 after three quarters of play.
The Rams then went on a 19-play, 52-yard drive that was capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from halfback Tanner Colburn to A.J. Travis to cut Oakman’s lead to 28-21 with 5:07 to play.
Northside (3-2) got the ball back with 33.8 seconds to play. The Wildcats closed out the Rams’ last drive at the 44-yard line to earn the win.
“We started out hot then shot ourselves in the foot,” Oakman coach Mark Hastings said. “I’m proud of our kids for holding on. I knew it was going to be a physical game, and it was. It was the most physical game we’ve had since we played Parrish.”
For Oakman, Jase Trotter completed 11 of 17 passes for 120 yards and an interception. He also rushed 12 times for 80 yards. Along with his punt return for a score, Harris rushed for 45 yards and added six tackles and pass break up on defense.
Caleb Woods had five tackles for the Wildcats, Reilly Williams added eight tackles and two pass break ups while Don Tyler Jackson had 10 tackles and one pass break up.
Oakman hosts Sulligent for homecoming next week.