Big third quarter leads Oakman past Carbon Hill

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 9/21/19

CARBON HILL — Following a 7-7 halftime score, the Oakman Wildcats scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Carbon Hill Bulldogs, 27-7, at G.W. Keith Stadium in Carbon Hill.

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Big third quarter leads Oakman past Carbon Hill

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CARBON HILL — Following a 7-7 halftime score, the Oakman Wildcats scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Carbon Hill Bulldogs, 27-7, at G.W. Keith Stadium in Carbon Hill.

With a sluggish first-half offensive performance that netted just 57 total yards, the Wildcats rolled up 220 yards in the second half while holding the Bulldogs to 40 yards.

Oakman’s Christian Hubbard rushed for 147 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns, while hauling in three catches for 43 yards. Malachi Bridges completed 11 of 18 passes for 131 yards with a touchdown, while running for 24 yards on eight carries with a touchdown.

For Carbon Hill, Devin Daniel ran for 47 yards on 13 carries, while Matthew Wallace added 41 yards on nine carries with a touchdown. Wallace was the team’s top receiver with three catches for 23 yards.

“Carbon Hill came out in the first half and really got after it. They had great energy and intensity and our front was having a lot of problems finding a seam,” Oakman head coach Ryan Hall. “Second half, we shifted some guys around and tried a few different schemes and were able to get things on track. Defensively, our guys did a great job in the second half as well. It’s a very good win over a good football team.”

“Our guys played hard but we’re still making crucial mistakes in crucial moments,” Carbon Hill head coach Chavis Williams said. “We’ve got to correct them if we want our program to continue to move forward.”

The Bulldogs’ first drive of the game went for 70 yards on 12 plays, with Wallace scoring on a six-yard run. Blake Gardner kicked the extra point to put Carbon Hill on top, 7-0.

Oakman answered in the second quarter on a seven-play, 53-yard drive, with Bridges running the ball to the endzone from eight yards-out for the touchdown. Bridges connected on the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 heading into the half.

The Wildcats’ offense came out on fire in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns on quick drives.

The first score came on a 45-yard run by Hubbard, pulling Oakman ahead 14-7 after Bridges’ extra point kick.

After holding the Bulldogs on downs in the following possession, the Wildcats capped a three-play, 44-yard drive with 32-yard run by Hubbard. After the missed extra point kick, Oakman retained command, 20-7.

Derek Hubbard recovered at Carbon Hill fumble on the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line on the ensuing series, setting up a 30-yard touchdown strike from Bridges to Dante Williams. Bridges’ extra point kick ended the scoring with a 27-7 Oakman victory.

The Wildcats (3-1, 2-1) step out of region play next week when they host the Cordova Blue Devils.

After an off week, Carbon Hill (1-4, 1-2) returns to region play on Oct. 4 against the visiting-Lamar County Bulldogs.