Luverne too much for Oakman
by W. Brian Hale
Nov 16, 2013 | 2155 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman’s Quinton Harris (4) picks up yardage as Luverne defenders close in. No. 5 Oakman fell to No. 6 Luverne 48-14 in their second-round playoff game at Luverne Friday. Photo courtesy Kim Smiley
Oakman’s Quinton Harris (4) picks up yardage as Luverne defenders close in. No. 5 Oakman fell to No. 6 Luverne 48-14 in their second-round playoff game at Luverne Friday. Photo courtesy Kim Smiley
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LUVERNE – Oakman’s drive to a Class 2A state championship came crashing to a halt Friday night, following the Wildcats’ elimination at the hands of the Luverne Tigers, 48-14 in Luverne.

Though the Wildcat offense accumulated 321 yards on the night, the Tigers’ physical and speedy defense kept No. 5 Oakman off the scoreboard through the initial three quarters of the game, while Luverne’s balanced offensive attack scored on short drives throughout the contest to keep the matchup out of reach.

Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter closed out his season with a 16 of 29 passing performance, with one touchdown and an interception. His top target on the night was Purvis Coger, who hauled in five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Chris Austin led the Wildcat rushing attack with seven carries for 59 yards.

Quinton Harris had a great game as a multi-purpose threat, catching the ball for 56 yards, rushing for 21 yards and passing for 40 yards for 117 total yards – scoring a touchdown on a reception and throwing for another score.

Jake Jones led the Oakman defense with seven tackles, while Harris closed the night with six tackles and two tackles for a loss.

Midway through the first quarter, No. 6 Luverne put the first points of the game on the scoreboard with a 45 yard drive to take a 7-0 lead.

Nearing halftime, the Tigers added an additional score on a 67-yard drive to take 14-0 advantage into the break.

Luverne scored quickly to start the second half following a 46-yard drive, extending the lead to 21-0.

Oakman got as close as the 5-yard line on the next series following a 11-play drive, but a botched snap on a 2nd-and-goal led to a turnover that the Tigers turned into points.

Luverne drove the ball 75 yards for the score to push the advantage to 28-0. In the final two minutes of the third quarter, the Tigers struck again after a two-play, 69 yard drive – leaving Luverne in command 35-0.

A pair of scores to begin the fourth quarter strengthened the Tigers’ control of the contest, 48-0.

The Wildcats were able to find the end zone for the first time of the night with six minutes left in the game. Trotter connected with Harris on a 36-yard pass to conclude a four-play, 50-yard drive, allowing Oakman to cut the lead to 48-7.

A final Oakman score in the remaining two minutes of the contest concluded with Harris finding Coger on a 40-yard touchdown strike – with Luverne prevailing 48-14. The Wildcats finish the year with a 10-2 record and made their third consecutive trip to the postseason.

Luverne (11-1) hosts Sweet Water (9-3) next week in the state quarterfinals.