Oakland rolls to 5-0 start; MTCS earns first victory

Oakland scored in all three phases of the game Friday night en route to a 49-0 road victory over Cookeville.

The Patriots improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 3 play, while the Cavaliers dropped to 1-4 and 0-2.

Oakland started slowly offensively, but the Patriots defense was ready from the outset. Dejon Glaster returned his second fumble return for a touchdown and after a blocked kick scooped it up and ran it in for another to state the Patriots to a 14-0 lead.

"(The defense) caused some turnovers and gave us some good field position," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "They've done a good job of not only stopping the opponents but scoring points. That's 14 of 49 points, so they played a huge part in our win."

Xavier Patterson had 66 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Patriots, and quarterback Kody Sparks competed 7 of 18 passes for 118 yards and two scores.

"I thought he had some really good plays," Creasy said of Sparks. "We need to get him more consistent. We throw a lot of different passes and ask him to a lot of things because he's capable of doing it. There were a couple of times where we had some dropped balls, and a couple of times we threw it a little high. We expect a lot more out of him in the future."

Oakland plays at region foe Rockvale this Friday.

MTCS 35, Grace Baptist (Chattanooga) 0

MTCS snapped a four-game losing streak to open the season and had no problems in their 35-point region victory Friday night.

Senior Kemari McGowan had a huge night, rushing 20 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns  

Senior quarterback Jackson Green completed 5 of 6 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown on freshman Ethan Adams for his first career score. Junior Drew Lusk added 52 yards on the ground.

"It was a long road trip, but our kids handled it well," MTCS coach Fred Shambaugh said. "We out from the beginning and played well, and we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot, which has been our nemesis. It was nice to see us get out of our way. It was fun to watch them rewarded for all of their hard work."

Defensively, senior Tyler Webb had eight tackles and two sacks, and junior Trey Harris had seven tackles. The Cougars held Chattanooga Grace to 30 yards in total offense, while racking up 538.

MTCS plays at Cornersville this Friday.

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