Oakman takes down Sulligent
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 06, 2012 | 1159 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter completd 10 of 18 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' win over Sulligent Friday night. Photo by: Jason Clark
Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter completd 10 of 18 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' win over Sulligent Friday night. Photo by: Jason Clark
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OAKMAN — The Oakman Wildcats established an early lead, then used a stifling defense to hold off a late fourth-quarter rally to beat the Sulligent Blue Devils 21-13 on Friday night at Hosea Collins Field in Oakman.

The Wildcats’ defense would hold the Blue Devils to 182 total yards on the night, while keeping the Sulligent offense off balance with 9 team tackles for a loss. Reilly Williams led the team with 8 tackles including one tackle for a loss, with Jody Green contributing with 7 tackles with one tackle for a loss.

Jase Trotter led the Oakman offense, connecting on 10 of 18 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. His top target was Elijah Farley with 3 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Chris Austen led the Wildcat rushing attack with 8 rushes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Oakman put the first points of the game on the scoreboard in the final moments of the first quarter with a 6-play, 60-yard drive, capped off by a 31-yard touchdown strike from Trotter to Deontre Muse. Matthew Wilson’s extra point kick was successful, giving the Wildcats the 7-0 lead.

After the Oakman defense held Sulligent on downs to begin the second quarter, Quinton Harris dropped back to pass and hit Farley for a 44-yard strike to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 13-0 following the missed extra point try.

Sulligent added a score prior to halftime on a 15-yard pass; however Oakman’s Don Tyler Jackson would block the extra point kick to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 13-6.

Oakman’s final score of the game came on the first play of the second half, with Austen taking the ball into the endzone on a 42-yard run to end a 6-play, 70-yard drive. Trotter scramble for the successful two-point conversion to put the Wildcats further ahead, 21-6.

Sulligent would add a score late in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard pass to reach the 21-13 final.

Following an Aliceville loss to Lamar County on Friday night, Oakman took the top spot in the Region 4 standing with a perfect 4-0 record. The Wildcats host Hale County (3-3, 3-1) next Friday night in a contest that could be crucial in helping the region’s playoff picture.