No. 7 Oakman continues to roll, beat Northside
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 28, 2013 | 1379 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman’s Chris Austin (9) follows the block of Branden Davis (56) during Friday’s game against Northside. Austin rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-13 win. Photo by Jason Clark
Oakman’s Chris Austin (9) follows the block of Branden Davis (56) during Friday’s game against Northside. Austin rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-13 win. Photo by Jason Clark
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OAKMAN — The seventh-ranked Oakman Wildcats (4-1) got off to a slow start against the Class 3A Northside Rams (3-2) before a stellar second half effort on offense and defense helped secure a 34-13 victory on Friday night at Hosea Collins Stadium in Oakman.

The Wildcats compiled 281 yards in the second half, with 190 yards coming on the ground. Quarterback Jase Trotter had a great night with 208 total offensive yards — connecting on 3 of 4 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries. Chris Austin topped the 100-yard rushing mark on the night, carrying the ball 17 times for 126 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

Oakman’s defense held Northside to 203 yards for the contest, surrendering just 82 yards in the second half. Jake Jones led the Wildcats with 8 tackles, while Jody Green recorded 5 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss.

Oakman coach Mark Hastings praised his team’s effort against the difficult opposition Northside brought into the matchup.

“Northside is a tough team to play against as the ball-control offense they run puts you in a position that if you don’t stop them, you won’t have the opportunity to get on the field and score,” Hastings said. “We felt like we could move the ball against them, it was just a matter of getting good stops on defense — when we were able to get those stops, our offense was able to turn those opportunities into points. Our guys on defense missed some assignments in the first half, but were able to do a better job in being in position to make pays in the second half — which was key for us in ultimately taking control of the game.”

The Rams scored on the first possession of the game, driving 62 yards on 12 plays to take the 7-0 advantage. Northside wouldn’t see the endzone again until the fourth quarter.

Quinton Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 52 yards to set up a 6-play, 32-yard Oakman scoring drive, with Austin taking the ball in from 2 yards out for the touchdown.

The Wildcats missed the extra point to cut the lead to 7-6.

After holding the Rams to a punt on the next offensive series, Austin found the endzone in the second quarter on a 1-yard run to cap off a 6-play, 62-yard drive — allowing Oakman to take command of the game 14-7 after Trotter ran for the two-point conversion. The game would stay notched at 14-7 at the conclusion of the first half.

Oakman extended its lead to 21-7 after the first series of the second half, with Harris scoring on a 19-yard run to top a 6-play, 59-yard drive.

Following an exchange of possessions to end the third quarter, the Wildcats drove 95 yards on the ground for the next score, with Austin recording his third touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run — moving the lead to 28-7 for Oakman.

The Wildcat defense stood tall again on the next series, holding the Rams to a punt. Two plays later, Trotter connected with Deontre Muse on an 86-yard touchdown strike, furthering the Oakman advantage to 34-7 following the missed extra point.

Northside added a touchdown in the last three minutes of the game to reach the 34-13 final.

Oakman returns to region play next week with a matchup at Sulligent.