Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
With only a day to practice, the Oak Hill High School Boys Basketball team had little time to prepare for their first game of the season. Well, prepare they did.
The Raiders used their athleticism and effort to steam-roll Lamar in a 75-29 romping. J.J. Bridges buried a three to Oak Hill on the scoreboard first, and from then on it was all red and white. Despite missing key players due to injuries, the Raiders utilized everyone in the rotation to give fans an impressive preview of the young team.
The Oak Hill Lady Raiders started their regular season off on the right foot with a win over Lamar School in their home debut. Coach Stan Hugheyâ€™s senior-laden squad took a 3-2 lead with Rachel Herndonâ€™s first three-pointer of the night and never looked back, holding the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Hebron Christian School located in small Pheba, Mississippi, in the west part of Clay County made some serious noise in the eight man football ranks this season.
Alabama has almost been dominated the whole game against a number five ranked LSU who possibly has played their best game all season. Yet facing a 17-14 deficit, a glimmer of hope was given to the Crimson Tide. LSUâ€™s Drew Allemanâ€™s missed field goal with less than 2 minutes to go in the game allowed Alabamaâ€™s Heisman Trophy hopeful A.J. McCarron to lead a drive which will forever go down in Crimson Tide lore. McCarron took about three plays before he found true freshman T.J. Yeldon on a screen pass allowing Yeldon to scamper into the end zone from 28 yards out.
In the first round of MAIS AA Playoffs, the Oak Hill Raiders traveled to North Delta School located outside of Batesville, Mississippi. The Raiders, a AA playoff wildcard, found a very strong opponent in the Green Wave. Unfortunately, Oak Hill was on the wrong side of a 42-14 score, losing to North Delta and being knocked out of the MAIS AA playoffs.
West Point played solid defense and went by a weaker New Hope in the last game of the regular season and district play. After the 38-7 win Friday, the Green Wave have had seven strong wins in a row, including the district clinching win over Oxford.
West Pointâ€™s Head Coach Chambless was happy to see this past week to go by, knowing that his Green Wave could have lost focus playing the lesser New Hope. Also the margin of victory allowed for West Point to play younger players and rest many of their starters.
After a two-hour bus ride to Batesville, Mississippi, the Raiders knew it would be an all or nothing battle ahead of them against the MAIS AA #4 North Delta Green Wave. Oak Hill hoped to play the role of giant killers on Friday night in the first-round playoff clash.
Score early, score late and dominate all four quarters on defense is one way to get the job done in football.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2; 7-0) employed that strategy on Friday night, defeating the New Hope Trojans 38-7.
This concluded the Green Wave 2012 regular season, one that boasts nine strong wins, seven of which were division victories, including a district clincher last week against Oxford.
West Point finds itself in what has become the norm for the Green Wave program over the past few seasons. The team will enter into the first round of the playoffs next week at home.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-6; 2-3) had a tough loss on Friday night to the No. 4 ranked team in AA ball at North Delta Academy.
North Delta defeated the Raiders 42-14.
The Raiders two scores came after halftime, where they trailed 42-0 after two quarters of play.
The Raiders had end a remarkable turn-around season after losing all of their games in 2011. This was the most wins by Oak Hill since 2006 and the first playoff appearance since 2009, this all coming under new head coach Daniel Merchant.
Read more about Oak Hill's final game in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.
The West Point Green Wave (9-2;7-0) got a chance to rest some key players before next week's opening round of the 5A playoffs.
The back-ups played solid ball, and the visiting West Point team took down their final division opponent 38-7 at New Hope.
West Point finishes the season undefeated in the district.
Scoring early and dominating the entire game on defense, West Point scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 25-0 at the half.
Two late touchdowns by some up and coming players led to the final score.