No. 4 - Oak Hill v. Manchester Academy

By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

Daily Times Leader continues its Top 5 Countdown of the Oak Hill Raiders' 2014 football season. The Raiders made their third consecutive postseason berth, finishing the year with a 5-6 overall record. Oak Hill is under the direction of first-year Head Coach Chris Craven, who has been an eight-year assistant coach for the program. Oak Hill opens the season against defending MAIS Class-A champion Newton County Academy on Friday, Aug. 21 at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.

No. 4: The Raiders defeated the Manchester Academy Mavericks in a critical MAIS District 2-AA game 34-12 at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.

THE FACTS: Without crutches, Drew Riley carried for 166 yards and scored the first three rushing touchdowns of six, four and one yards, and the Raiders (4-3; 2-1 District 2-AA) grabbed a valuable 34-12 win over Manchester Academy in a MAIS District 2-AA game Friday at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
The Mavericks grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, but Oak Hill scored 34 unanswered points before a late Manchester touchdown.

THE STATS: Drew Riley amassed 166 yards after a leg injury sidelined the running back from a 31-0 loss to rival Heritage Academy. His effort was a part of a ground attack that tallied 334 yards against the Mavericks. Drake Riley added 102 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and Riley Pierce had a rushing touchdown, as well.
On defense, the Raiders had two interceptions (Drew Riley and Trevor Turner) of Wister Hitt. Manchester had 60 yards of penalties.

WHAT THEY SAID: Oak Hill Rising Senior Drew Riley: “I think last week, I missed playing with my boys. I wanted to play last week, but they held me out as a precaution. I just battled all week, getting healthy, to prove how much I wanted it tonight.”
Oak Hill Rising Senior Caleb Roberson about the Raiders’ run-first game plan: “I want the ball coming behind me. It makes the game exciting. I got to give everything to make us successful. The games when we run are the fun games.”

WHY THIS GAME: Drew Riley's heroic effort was justification enough for this game. However, outside of his performance, the Raiders kept playoff hopes alive. The defense played a solid game, holding a Manchester offense well below its usual production.

THE NEXT MEETING: Oak Hill and Manchester are not scheduled for another meeting on the gridiron this regular season.

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