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Raiders take on district newcomers

September 30, 2011

Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year and as the season rolls along the teams don’t get any easier.
Tonight, the Raiders get back into district action when they take on Leake Academy after a two game road trip that saw them get shutout 40-0 in both games.
Leake has had a decent season thus far, scattering two wins among four losses over a six game span. Those wins came against Immanuel and Kirk.
Head coach Benjie Merchant said all the teams they’ve played so far have improved across the board from last season, mostly with new additions.
Although they were shut out for the third time in as many weeks last Friday, there is still a positive fibe in the locker room.
“We played with more enthusiasm and that was a plus,” he said. “They stuck it out and played harder last night, harder than last week.”
Merchant said there were times where the offense was able to get rolling, but on crucial downs, Oak Hill struggled to overcome their mistakes.
Defensively there are still some things that need to be worked on.
“Missed tackles are killing us,” Merchant said.
The Raiders who have been through so many lineup changes this season because of injuries, made it through the ball game injury-free and that was a plus Merchant said.
The Raiders, 0-6, will still be without several players on the roster and like last week, and all season thus far, have been forced to shuffle players around into different positions which hasn’t helped bring any consistency.
Newly added sophomore Diquan Ewing from West Point, might give them a little boost offensively both as a receiver and quarterback. Merchant said he’s handled the playbook well.
Merchant said the team has continued to stay positive and prepare for each game the best they can.
“We still got everyone practicing, everyone is going out and lifting hard,” he said.
Oak Hill will have the same offensive and defensive schemes for tonight and continue to work on what’s in place.
“We’re looking ahead, looking to the future,” Merchant said.
Kick-off for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m.

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