Bob Ryan Blog – Week 9 – SLUH / Oakville

Click here for the game – The Oakville Tigers raised their record to 6-3 with a come-from-behind 27-20 victory over SLUH in a non-conference game. On Oakville’s 1st possession, the Tigers fumbled deep in SLUH territory. Davian Nash recovered for the Jr Bills and took the ball down to the 1 yard line. On the first play, Michael Hall punched it over to give SLUH an early 7-0 lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, the Jr Bills on the strength of a strong punt return, started their offense on the 48 yard line. It took the Jr Bills seven plays to drive the ball into the end zone. Michael Hall again scored on a 4 yard run. The biggest play of the drive was a 20 yard pass from Sam Sykora to Marcus Ramspott. Jacob Cox drilled home the point-after and it was 14-0. SLUH struck again when Davian Nash weaved his way into the end zone on a 14 yard scamper but the kick was wide so it was 20-0. Midway in the 2nd quarter, the Tigers assembled a nine-play, 70 yard drive which culminated in Kyle Hearn rumbling into the end zone from 3 yards out. The biggest play of the drive was a 21 yard pass to Arsante’ Conners from Andy Oliver early in the drive. The PAT attempt was made it 20-7. Capitalizing on good field position, the Tigers drove down a short field as power-back Quin Johnson was able to bull his way in for the score. Again, this time the kick was partially blocked and was no good it was now 20-13. SLUH squandered an opportunity when a long return gave the offense the ball at the Oakville 12 yard line. A FG attempt went wide. Minutes later, the Jr Bills took over at mid-field but fumbled to the Tigers. Oakville moved the ball for two first downs and was thinking of a score but penalties forced them into passing downs which proved difficult to convert. The score at half was 20-13. Recieving  the 2nd half kickoff, Oakville powered it on the ground for 6 consecutive successful runs.  On the 7th play Andy Oliver made connections with Arsante’ Conners for a 15 yard TD strike. Conner, who was covered very well, leaped high in the corner of the end zone to pull it down. The attempted PAT was blocked so SLUH held onto a 20-19 lead. Both teams exchanged 3&out in their next couple possessions. At the 2:12 mark of the 3rd quarter, SLUH started a drive on the Oakville 40 yard line. Andre Colvin and David Jackson caught 16 & 13 yard passes along the way until the drive stalled. The FG attempt was wide. The next 6 possessions saw each defense dominate and force punts or turnovers.  With 1:48 remaining in the game, Oakville took possession on the SLUH 32 yard line. Six plays later, Asante Conners again went high between two defenders to haul down a 19 yard pass from Andy Oliver. The two-point conversion pass was successful and the Tigers had their first lead of the game at with 0:45 seconds left in the game.  This was the fifth consecutive game that the Jr Bills have played that has gone right down to the wire. For his outstanding pass receiving, Arsante’ Conners was named the Custom Graphics Standout Player of the Game.  Michael Hall’s successful running in the 1st half earned him the Lions Choice 212 Athlete of the Game. Next week each team will open District competition. Click here for the game


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