Wildcats piling up wins under Hastings
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 23, 2013 | 1967 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
•This is the sixth in a series highlighting area high school football schedules.

From one win to 10 wins.

Since Mark Hastings took over as the head football coach at Oakman High School, the Wildcats have seen the victories pile up.

Hastings’ first team won just a single game in 2009. From there, the Wildcats have seen a steady progression, winning three games in 2010, eight games in 2011 and 10 games, while earning a region championship, last season.

With most of its offensive weapons — including quarterback Jase Trotter, receiver Quinton Harris and running back Chris Austin along with All-State defensive back Purvis Coger — returning from last year’s team, the Wildcats seek to improve on 2012’s 10-2 mark.

Last season, Oakman lost its opener to Parrish and reeled off 10 straight wins before falling to Mobile Christian on the road in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Last year’s squad scored the second-most points in school history, 417, for an average of 34.8 points per game.

Only the 2003 team (451) scored more points.

Oakman plays four teams that finished with winning records last season — Lamar County, Northside, Aliceville and Berry. Lamar County and Berry both advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

Oakman hits the road early and often this season, playing its first three games, and five of its first seven, away from Hosea Collins Field.

The season opens against archrival Parrish on August 30. The Tornadoes won 33-24 at Oakman last season. Parrish lost its next three games and finished 5-5.

Oakman begins Class 2A, Region 4 play in Week 2 at the region runner up from last year — Lamar County. In last year’s meeting, Oakman’s offense proved too much for the Bulldogs in a 41-24 victory. Last year’s win marked the first time the Wildcats beat Lamar County in five tries.

In Week 3, Oakman travels to woeful Francis Marion. The Wildcats won last year’s game 64-26. The Rams have lost 16 straight games dating to Week 4 of the 2011 season.

Oakman plays its home opener in Week 4 against R.C. Hatch. The Bobcats set a school record by scoring 316 points last season. The Wildcats won last year’s game 49-26. Oakman is 3-0 all time against R.C. Hatch.

The Wildcats host Northside in a non-region game in Week 5. Oakman has won seven of the last eight games in the series, including a narrow 28-21 road win in 2012.

Oakman hits the road for a pair of region games starting with a Week 6 trip to Sulligent. The Wildcats edged the Blue Devils 21-13 last season.

Oakman plays its final road game in Week 7 at Hale County, which finished as the region’s No. 4 team last year. The battle of the Wildcats went to Oakman 21-14 last season.

Oakman plays its final three regular-season games at home. Aliceville, which was the region’s No. 3 team, makes the trip to Oakman in Week 8. In 2012, Oakman rolled to a 50-36 win over the Yellow Jackets in the first meeting between the teams.

The Wildcats host Cold Springs in Week 9.

The Eagles snapped a 35-game losing streak last season, winning three games, the most since 2006.

 Oakman won 28-0 last year and has won nine of the last 10 meetings.

Oakman closes the season out against Berry, a state quarterfinalist in Class 1A last season. Oakman won last year’s meeting 47-32, snaping a three-game losing streak to Berry.

Oakman’s 2013 regular-season opponents finished with a 49-61 record last season.