Oakland won the TSSSA 6A state title with 37-0 shellacking of Whitehaven at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn. on Thursday night.
Running back Xavier Myers ran 29 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. Christian Cantrell recovered a fumble for a score, leading a Patriots’ defense that yielded 81 yards.
Kicker Garett Taylor added field goals of 29, 31 and 39 yards for Oakland. The Patriots capped off a 14-1 season under coach Kevin Creasy.
Oakland, led by cornerback Woodi Washington (one pass break-up) held Whitehaven’s powerful receiving corps of Devin Boddie (Vanderbilt commitment) and Keveon Mullins (South Carolina) in check. Boddie caught four balls for 16, and Mullins, three for 12. No other Tigers caught a pass, as the Tigers were just 7 for 23 for 28 yards.
Tekoy Randolph led the Patriots with 3 1/2 tackles, including a sack. He also had a forced fumble and pass break-up. Justin Jefferson (three tackles) also forced a fumble, and added a 2-yard rushing score for the game’s last points.
Whitehaven fared little better on the ground, rushing 15 times for 53 net yards.
Oakland quarterback Brevin Linnell was 9 of 14 for 97 yards.
Myers got Oakland on the board first with a 3-yard run with 6:22 left in the first quarter. Taylor’s point-after putting the Patriots up 7-0 to cap a nine-play, 50-yard drive.
Taylor added a field goal, then Mookie Wilson, a 1-yard run with 1:25 left in the half, putting Oakland up 17-0.
Next, Taylor hit a 31-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the third. Cantrell then recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 27-0 advantage after Taylor’s point-after.