To start off the highly anticipated contest Oakland would pick off Maryville on the Rebels first drive.
Maryville kept Oaklands first drive alive by jumping off sides on a 3rd and short. Oakland then recovered their own fumble on the drive which would ultimately be capped off by a Jeron Rooks touchdown run of 8 yards. Giving the Pats a 7-0 lead with 47 seconds left in the 1st quarter.
Maryville once again started off the quarter with ball. This time with a much better result. As number 2, Isaiah Cobb punched it in for a touchdown. The Patriots answered Maryville’s score with big run after big run by Rooks. With Oakland’s drive gaining momentum, Justin Jefferson would cough up the ball, leading to a Patriots turnover.
On Maryville’s next drive they also would have a fumble of their own they recovered. The drive would fizzle out after the turnover and Maryville would punt it back to Oakland.
With no time outs left late in the 2nd quarter coach Creasy would try and rush his field goal kicker out into place. Only to receive a delay of game penalty. After the 5 yard penalty the Patriots were pushed out of field goal range. The two teams tied at 7 headed to the half.
Oakland received the ball and were lead by junior running back, #4, Wilson to start the 2nd half. The Patriots long runs ended in 3 points and the 10-7 lead over Maryville in the 3rd.
On the Rebels next possession their offense was shut down. During Maryville’s attempted punt multiple Pats broke into the back field to block the punt.
With the 3rd quarter drawing to a close, the Patriots were driving deep into Rebel territory and looking to put the nail in the coffin. Jeron Rooks once again got loose and was headed to the end zone when a Rebel defender ripped the ball away from his grasps. Resulting in a touchback for Rebels and no points for the Pats.
In the fourth each team would get close to the end zone only to have the other team’s defense slam the door close.
Maryville finally worked their way into field goal range, to only come up short on the kick and remain down by three on scoreboard.
Once Oakland got the back, they chewed the clock up with runs up the middle all the while continuing to get first downs. After milking several minutes off the clock, Rooks once again found the end zone. Extending the Patriot lead to 10 with only two minutes to play.
With the Rebels clinging to their last breath, Maryville’s received an un-sportmenslike penalty, pushing them deeper in the hole. When things looked their most bleak Maryville’s quarter back would find a streaking wide out running down the middle of field. The receiver would sprint past the Patriot defense for 52 yards and draw the game to within 3 with 1:19 left in the contest.
With so little time left Maryville attempted an on-side to kick. The Rebels kick rolled out of bounds and with it their hopes for a win in the ‘Boro. The Patriots took the ball and let Rooks do what he did all night, run through Rebel defender for big gains.
Final score 17-14 Oakland (2-0) over Maryville (1-1)
With the win, Oakland breaks Maryville’s streak of undefeated regular seasons that has stood since 2010.
Coach Creasy spoke about his team’s impressive first two weeks to start the season. . .
“It says that one, we’re up to the challenge and two, we love hosting big games. Games like this get you ready for the playoffs with this caliber of opponents. With that being said, Maryville was without a couple of their players, but that’s football. Something like that could happen to us, we’re certainly banged up. We had a tough first game and so did (Maryville). And that reminds me so much of the playoffs”
The Patriots stay put in Oakland next week when they face Republic (Nashville) at 7 pm Friday night.