Oakman football riding hot streak

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/20/18

Oakman looks to continue its longest playoff run in school history in 2018 under coach Mark Hastings.The Wildcats have made the playoffs each of the last seven years, winning at least eight games and …

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Oakman football riding hot streak

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Oakman looks to continue its longest playoff run in school history in 2018 under coach Mark Hastings.

The Wildcats have made the playoffs each of the last seven years, winning at least eight games and a playoff game each season. Oakman is 62-23 over that span.

The Wildcats remain in Class 3A, Region 4 for the upcoming season. Oakman leaves Walker County just three times this season and hosts three county rivals — Cordova, Curry and Carbon Hill.

Oakman, which finished 8-4 last year, opens the season at Curry on Aug. 31. The Yellow Jackets (4-6 in 2017) are coming off their highest win total since 2011. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 25-16-5.

Oakman hits the road in Week 2, for the region opener against the Holt Ironmen (1-9). The game will be the first meeting between the teams. Holt hasn’t had a winning season since 1998 and was outscored 509-44 in 2017. Holt’s lone win last season was by forfeit.

The Wildcats play their home opener on Sept. 14 against 3A powerhouse Gordo (10-2). The teams played region games each of the last two seasons with the Green Wave winning 47-20 last season. Gordo has made the playoffs each year since 2001 and has won 48 games over the last four years. Gordo leads the Oakman series 7-1.

Oakman hosts Carbon Hill (3-7) in a region matchup in Week 4. The Wildcats have won four in a row in the series, including a 40-14 victory last year. Carbon Hill leads the series 27-17-6. The Bulldogs had their highest win total since 2006 last year.

Oakman plays at rival Cordova (4-7) in Week 5. The Blue Devils have won five straight in the series, taking last year’s game 20-15 at Hosea Collins Field in Oakman. Cordova leads the series 42-16-2.

The Wildcats return to region play in Week 6 with a game at Winfield (5-5). The teams split region games in 2014-15. The Pirates, who are dropping a class to 3A, missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012 last year.

Lamar County (8-5) play at Oakman in a key region matchup in Week 7. The Wildcats won last year’s game 40-14. The Bulldogs lead the series 5-3.

Oakman hosts Hale County (1-9) in Week 8. Hale County, which is dropping a classification to 3A this season, had to forfeit six wins in 2017. Oakman trails the series 10-9. The teams last played in 2013.

The Wildcats play at Greene County (5-4) in the final region game in Week 9. Oakman won last year’s game 21-20. The Wildcats lead the series 2-0.

The season ends with a home game against Class 5A Corner (5-6). Oakman edged the Yellow Jackets 16-11 last year. Corner is under new head coach John Clements this season.