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OHA shows promise

May 21, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Oak Hill’s rising senior class has shown promise in its first two seasons of varsity football action. Having made the playoffs in consecutive seasons, the first time for the program since 1989-90 seasons, the Raiders are primed for a special run starting in August.
With the class of 2015’s final season on the horizon, Oak Hill could not have asked for a stronger spring football scrimmage, tallying 350 yards of total offense against the Hatley Tigers in a 29-8 victory Thursday evening in Hatley.
The Raiders entered their spring practices following a 5-6 overall record during the 2013 season, which featured highlight wins over Indianola Academy and Winston Academy. Oak Hill’s record was good enough to make the opening round of the MAIS Class-AA postseason, where the red and white bowed out to Class-AA runner-up Centerville Academy.
“Three years in a system is going to be the real measuring tool to see the amount of success we have created here,” third-year Oak Hill Head Coach Daniel Merchant said. “We are extremely excited to have what is coming back for the fall. We have 19 upperclassmen, and that is just a lot of experience.”
Rising senior Drake Riley led the way for Oak Hill against Hatley with 23 tackles through the first three quarters, adding 70 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Drew Riley, a rising junior, proved impressive against the Tigers. Drew amassed 94 receiving yards with two catches, adding 58 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the win.

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