Team effort powers Avery’s record game

QB achieves perfection in season opener

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 9/4/17

OAKMAN — John Avery’s record-breaking performance against Lamar County on Friday night is a source of pride for the Oakman quarterback — pride that stems from the stellar and cohesive play of his teammates.

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Team effort powers Avery’s record game

QB achieves perfection in season opener

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OAKMAN — John Avery’s record-breaking performance against Lamar County on Friday night is a source of pride for the Oakman quarterback — pride that stems from the stellar and cohesive play of his teammates.

In the 40-14 victory over the Bulldogs, Avery completed 15 of 15 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown, shattering the state record of 10 of 10 passes by Hayden Maples of Fairview. For Avery, it was the effort of his offensive linemen and his receiving corps that made the achievement possible.

“My wide receivers did a great job of getting to the ball, running their routes and getting open. My linemen did so well staying with their blocks and cutting when they had to,” Avery said. “It’s a humbling experience for me to do something like breaking a record, but it’s not just me out there, the entire team from the backs, receivers and line to the defense and special teams — each one of us play a part of an entire group that I’m proud to be included in. I just try to go out every Friday night and do my best. I feel we did that.”

The Wildcats finished the contest with 601 total yards — an offensive output that Avery attributes to the unity and progress the squad has made since last year’s 8-5 season that saw Oakman advance to the third round of the playoffs.

“I know I feel so much more comfortable in the system and as a team, we have a bond here that’s like no other,” Avery said. “We’ve got very good chemistry with our coaching staff as well. I’m really excited to see what this year holds for us and what we can do with all the weapons we have on offense.”

Oakman head coach Mark Hastings echoed Avery’s commendation of the offensive squad and its execution on the night.

“John made good reads throughout the game and a big key to the success he had was that we gave him good protection most of the night. He didn’t have to throw anything on the run we he didn’t have to,” Hastings said. “To accomplish what John did takes a team effort, and with no drops, good reads and time to throw, all three phases worked great together.”

The No. 7 Wildcats (1-0) open Class 3A, Region 4 play on Friday night on the road against the Midfield Patriots.