Oakland High School returned home Friday night as the defending state champions and proceeded to prove their dominance as Patriots won their 15th straight with an 86-14 whipping of the Kenwood Knights.
The 86 points were the most scored by a Rutherford County team since the old Central High scored 76 in 1919.
“It is a special night for the community to play the first home game on our new turf field,” said Patriots head coach Kevin Creasy. “I was happy to see us fix mistakes we made a week ago with our backs running with a purpose and finishing our blocks.”
The Patriots had a trio of players with multi-touchdown nights. Tim Pannell and Antonio Patterson contributed most of their work in the early going. Pannell found pay dirt three times in the first 15 minutes of action and the senior finished with 51 yards on seven carries.
Patterson added highlight film scoring three times on four carries, including a 75-yard touchdown to begin the second half. Sophomore Brandon Connard rounds out the trio contributing a pair of touchdowns in the second half on as many carries totaling 66 yards.
Cody Sparks completed 6 of 12 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown to DD Anderson in the waning minutes of the first half. The senior Anderson caught four passes for 68 yards.
Oakland’s BJ Connard added a first quarter touchdown and Kenneth Orso scored the 11th and final Oakland touchdown in the reserve time.
“With a large crowd on your first night, it is something special to get everybody in and we were able to do that,” Creasy siad. “We try to get all the skills guys as many reps as we can and they made the most out of their opportunities.”
Kenwood brought the fight early with two quick scores in the first quarter, both on identical plays -- Jaylen Washington connecting with Kavarius Moody for 80-yard touchdowns.
“(Moody) is a talented kid that we always find a way to get the ball in the hands because he is a special kid,” said Knights head coach Robert Gillard. “We just never executed the little things. You cannot beat good teams like Oakland when you make minor mistakes, but our kids never gave up and for that, I can be proud of them.”
Despite two lapses, Oakland remained nearly perfect holding the Knights to just 31 yards rushing. The Patriots controlled the turnover game as Aaron Moore contributed a first half fumble, DD Anderson added an interception before the break and Colby Sloan scored on a fumble recovery in the second half. The Patriots were beneficiaries of a high punt snap that resulted in a safety.