Oakland cruised to a dominant 49- 10 victory over the Rossview Hawks in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs on Friday at home
Both teams sputtered out of the gate to start the game. Oakland found pay dirt first after a 40-yard run from BJ Connard, one of the junior’s three rushing touchdowns on the night. But that would be the only points scored by either team in the first quarter.
The Patriots were plagued by penalties all night, as they had three touchdowns called back all on the same drive. They were flagged over 10 times on the night.
“I give the referee crew credit," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "I am very happy that they called (the penalties) so we can address it before we get further into the playoffs because it’s the little details where we got to make sure we knock off the rust and get it corrected."
In the second quarter, Oakland took off and did not look back. The defense caught fire when Joseph Anderson forced a fumble, which led to another Connard rushing touchdown. The Patriots added six more points after a Cameron Goodrich interception return. At the end of the half, the Hawks found themselves down 35-0.
A large part of Oakland’s success on offense was set up by their running game, which was spearheaded by the junior running Connard.
“BJ is a very explosive guy. He has great upside. He’s not just a great runner, he’s a great receiver as well," Creasy said. "We like throwing it it to him and seeing what he does with the ball in his hands.” .
The Hawks were not able to move the ball up the field, but they were able to crack off a few big plays in the second half to score 10 points.