OAKMAN — Oakman secured a third-place finish in Class 3A, Region 4 with a dominating 46-14 win over Greene County at H.D. Collins Field on Thursday night.
OAKMAN — Oakman secured a third-place finish in Class 3A, Region 4 with a dominating 46-14 win over Greene County at H.D. Collins Field on Thursday night
“That’s a really good football team right there – they’re athletic, they’re big, they’re well coached,” Oakman head coach Ryan Hall said after the game. “They came here on a mission. For us to beat them the way that we did, I’m proud of our kids because I have a tremendous amount of respect for that group.”
The game remained close through the first quarter as Oakman’s Christian Hubbard and Dante Williams each got into the endzone for the Wildcats. Greene County’s Eddie Robinson capped off a 13-play, 65 yard drive with a touchdown to keep the score 13-6.
The floodgates then opened for Oakman as the Wildcats scored 33-unanswered points.
“We were efficient tonight, that was the big thing,” Hall said. “We didn’t throw it a whole lot, but we were able to do it when we needed to. For us, we want to throw it when we want to and not when we need to. We’ve gotten in a lot of situations where we went play-action to take some shots. Of course with Hubbard in the backfield, he gives you a chance with a young offensive line that continues to grow. Really proud of those kids.”
Hubbard scored twice more in the first half to put his team up 25-6, one for six yards and the other for three. Christian Lopez and Sean Douglas each found their way into the endzone as well.
After the first quarter, seven of Greene County’s nine drives ended with turnovers, including a 28-yard scoop-and-score by Logan Martin as the third quarter ended to give the Wildcats a 46-6 lead.
“Our defense has been unbelievable all year,” Hall said. “They’ve carried us every night. I’m really proud of those coaches and all those guys on that side of the ball. But those kids, it’s all about the kids. Hats off to them and the job that they’ve done.
“The last three weeks, the job that they’ve done offensively, I think we’ve scored on our first three drives each week. I think anytime in the your first year, you’re looking for things and, I think, defensively, they’ve kept us in so many games and made so many big plays for us that it’s allowed us to come along with a really young offensive line that’s really allowed us to improve. I’m excited about where we’re at.”
Penalties continued to, at times, plague the Wildcats even in the blowout win, including a holding call which brought back a 43-yard pick-6.
“Holding penalties are going to happen,” said Hall. “It’s part of the play and I don’t get on to our kids about that. It’s the pre- and post-snap penalties that really gets you. Personal fouls after the play, procedure penalties and things like that. But we’ve got to clean that up. That’s just discipline and being focused and having the right mindset. That’s on us as coaches – that’s on me and I have to do a better job of addressing that.”
With the win, Oakman (6-3, 5-2) finishes 3rd in the region in Hall’s first year and is playoff bound for the ninth consecutive year.
“We have great kids here. I can’t say enough about them. They’ve accepted us and it hasn’t been perfect. I’ve got to get better but it’s been fun.”
Oakman finishes the regular season next Friday on the road against non-region opponent Corner. Coach Hall wants to see one thing from his team.
“We want to make sure that we are getting better.”