Oakland senior tailback Fred Wade finished with 170 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the Patriots 41-7 win over crosstown rival Riverdale. Photo by Bob Timmerman/wizardpix.exposuremanager.com
Riverdale has beaten Oakland almost 75 percent of the time over the last 40 years. Riverdale won last year at OHS 17-14 and this time hosted the season opening matchup at Tomahawk Stadium.
None of this made any difference.
Oakland lived up to their pre-season No. 1 district ranking by pounding RHS 41-7 mostly behind the running of Fred Wade (with 170 yards) and others plus a defense that scored on turnovers.
It was the largest margin of victory for the Pats over Riverdale ever and, frankly, it could have been a lot worse.
Wade scored on an 89-yard run on Oakland’s first play and the rout was on. At the half, it was over as Oakland led by a 34-7 margin.
Perhaps forgotten in all the points were the terrific performances of the Oakland offensive line and the play of the defense.
The win solidified Oakland’s claim as No. 1 in the district and the loss left Riverdale with a deep hole to climb out of after the season was only three hours (and one game) old.
This is what happens when you open with a district loss.
Next week Riverdale goes to Bradley Central and Oakland goes to White Station. Bradley Central was 6-5 last year and White Station was 4-6. Remember the RHS game is at 6:30 Murfreesboro time.
Meanwhile, on Friday night the Blackman Blaze used everything they could think of to get a 28-0 lead at the half at Siegel and then hold off a Stars second half comeback.
By everything I mean preparation, conditioning, some good fortune, lots of effort and even some trickery in the form of pooch kicks and a fake punt.
Your final was 42-21 Blackman. That’s a lot of points especially when you remember that there was no scoring in the first quarter.
Blackman quarterback Jauan Jennings (last seen dunking a basketball for Blackman’s state tournament basketball team) played very well for his first time out as a starter at QB.
True, turnovers were a problem, but they were a problem for both teams most of the night. Jennings accounted for more than 240 yards of offense and had two touchdown passes and should have had three but it was dropped.
Siegel had 381 yards of offense and Blackman ended with 450 yards of offense. Both of these teams have plenty of weapons and despite the points given up Friday, both of these teams have formidable defenses.
Next week Blackman will take on Brentwood on Thursday and Siegel goes to Ooltewah on Friday. Both teams will be tested.
You are reminded that the Siegel game will be played in the Eastern time zone.
If the jamboree and first games are strong indicators, then I think both Blackman and Siegel are playoff teams. We shall see.
The cars to see: More than 20 Ford Mustangs are at City Auto right now. The games to see this week are Blackman at Brentwood on Thursday or Oakland at White Station on Friday. You got to drive!
My picks next week are Eagleville over Watertown, Zion Christian over MTCS, Blackman over Brentwood, Wilson Central over La Vergne, Tullahoma over Stewarts Creek, Oakland over White Station, Riverdale over Bradley Central, Cane Ridge over Smyrna and Siegel over Ooltewah. Last week I was 3-2, not counting the Saturday game.