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By Bryan Davis
The 2010 season has been one of ups and downs for the Raiders of Oak Hill Academy (3-8; 1-1).
They were written off by most early on, losing the first four games of the regular season. What the doubters did not count on was a resurgence in the middle of the season that included a conference win against Carroll that put the Raiders right back into the playoff hunt.
After getting that first conference win, the Raiders were feeling really good about their playoff chances. They went into their second district game, up against a winless Manchester team.
Traveling to Yazoo City, Oak Hill was stunned with a 32-20 loss to the Mavericks that evened up their district record.
It looked like it could not get much worse for the Raiders, going into their next game against Kirk. There was much room for improvement, and the Raiders spent the next week doing just that.
When they came back on the field against Kirk, they looked like an entirely different team.
Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg said that in order for his team to change their confidence level, they had to win ball games.
Even though the Kirk game was non-district, it was vital for confidence and momentum.
The defense put in their best night of work of the year, winning the game 14-12.
Even though they are coming off a tough 35-7 loss to Marshall, the Raiders should still feel pretty good about their chances tonight.
They will be facing a tough Winston team, but the Raiders are accustomed to matching up against big physical ball clubs.
Gregg said that Marshall was perhaps the biggest they had faced this year.
Winston enters tonightâ€™s game with a 5-4 record. They are 2-0 in district play.
A Raider win against the Patriots, by seven points, puts Oak Hill in the playoffs.
If the Raiders can win by 15, they will claim the district championship.
In a season of multiple resurgences, the Raiders are facing their toughest game yet. If any team can rebound and win in the clutch, the Raiders have proven they can.