Three Takeaways from Oak Hill's win over Winona Christian

By: 
Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Defense

Oak Hill’s defense is legitimate this season.

The Raiders are playing a plethora of players on the defensive side in an effort to keep their players fresh for the fourth quarter, and after two straight shutouts, it seems the strategy has worked.

The Oak Hill defensive line dominated Winona Christian’s offensive line on Friday night. The Stars weren’t able to pop big runs, and when they were able to get into the red zone, the Raiders defensive line forced penetration.

The Raiders secondary also played well last night. John Carver Middleton had a huge pass breakup on fourth down late in the game, and Dylan Scott made a great play to intercept a pass in the end zone and take it back to the Stars 34-yard line.

Oak Hill’s defense has made it difficult for teams to maintain long drives on them, and it was evident on Friday night.

Offense

Oak Hill’s offense did what they wanted to do all throughout the second half. They did a great job of maintaining possession of the ball, and limiting Winona’s chances to put the ball into the end zone.
The Raiders didn’t turn the football over last night, and the team who wins the turnover battle usually wins the game.
Senior quarterback John Carver Middleton made some big throws in the contest, and the 40-yard touchdown to Daniel Harrington to break the scoring ice was a great play after he was flushed from the pocket on third down.
Junior running back Ethan Bryan was dominant in the second half last night, and the Raiders continued to give him the football when things were tight.
Bryan converted multiple third down runs to keep the offense on the field and keep the drive going.
Oak Hill’s offensive line has improved consistently throughout the season, and they were able to create running lanes throughout the contest.

District Play

The Raiders started off the district slate on the wrong side last year with a loss to Winona Christian, but it won’t be the case this year.
Oak Hill head coach Chris Craven said it is critical for teams to start off 1-0 in the district, because it gives you separation and the tiebreaker over the team you play if it comes to that.
Things won’t get any easier for the Raiders, however, as they’ll take on a good Carroll Academy team next Friday night.
If Oak Hill is able to start 2-0 in the district, it’ll put them in good position to get into the playoffs.

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