Oak Grove fights back late to win ball game against cross-town rival HattiesburgBy DEANA SMITH,
Can you say Friday Night Lights??
In Friday’s cross-town rivalry game at D. I. Patrick Stadium, Hattiesburg High and Oak Grove each put on a show from beginning to end. Hattiesburg came out on top in the first 12 minutes of the game putting up 14 points. HHS’ Jordan Willis completed a pass to Rhyen Brisco for a 46-yard TD to put up the game’s first six points. With 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Jamal Donaldson rushed in for a two-yard TD. The Tigers’ Kendyl Terrell added PATs to both touchdowns .
The second quarter was more of the same with Oak Grove taking its turn and putting three touchdowns on the board. QB Jordan Willis threw two TDs – one a 50-yard pass to Brandon Hayes and the other a 27-yard pass to Tavion Smith. Running back Nick Milsap saw some of the scoring action as well by running five yards into the end zone for another Oak Grove TD. Capitalizing on its scoring, Warrior kicker Michael Owens added PATS to each touchdown
Hattiesburg didn’t let up in the second quarter, tacking on two more touchdowns. QB Willis completed a 70-yard pass to Brisco while Donaldson added a 43-yard rushing TD to his stats.
HHS Coach Tony Vance’s message was clear going into half-time. “The game of football is four quarters,” he said. “(We) can’t rest on the good offense and defense that was played in the first half.” Vance wanted his team to do an even better job and finish the second half on top.
Hattiesburg held up its good defense against the Warriors as long as they could before the visiting team from across town added on three more TDs in the last 24 minutes of play. QB Damon Stewart completed all three touchdowns to receiver Brandon Hayes.
Hattiesburg’s QB Willis ignited the Tiger fans when he completed a 53-yard reception to Joshua Jones
Down by only eight, the Tigers had a fighting chance to score in the final minute of the game. They lined up on the Warrior 19 with one second left on the clock. The Tigers’ Anthony Bullock stepped back and threw the ball into the hands of Oak Grove’s #16 which ended with a 42-34 Warrior victory.
Oak Grove Coach Drew Causey felt his team was “too uptight” in the first half and wanted them to come out playing their game in the second half. Being a big rivalry game, Causey and his team wanted to make sure that the Hattiesburg Tigers knew his team “is called Oak Grove and not West Hattiesburg.” The Warriors will take a victorious 3-0 record as they host Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) September 20.