No. 5 – Oak Hill vs. Hartfield Academy

By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

Daily Times Leader begins 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. 5: Tuesday's game is the Raiders' 41-7 drubbing of the Hartfield Hawks in the 2014 season opener Aug. 22 at Hartfield Academy in Flowood.

THE FACTS: Under new Head Coach Tony Stanford, Oak Hill pounded the Hartfield Hawks 41-7. Brothers Drake and Drew Riley combined for five touchdowns in the process. Trevor Turner returned an interception for a touchdown, and Grayson Easterling (who returns as a freshman in the 2015 season) kicked five extra-point field goals.

THE STATS: Drake and Drew proved two were better than one. Drake had 151 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Drew amassed 169 yards on 14 touches. Drew, who returns this season, had 253 all-purpose yards, including a a 30-yard punt return and a 55-yard kick-off return.

WHAT THEY SAID: Former Head Coach Tony Stanford: “I thought we looked good in the first half, and we picked up a lead. In the second half, we got a little sloppy. Overall, I think we looked pretty good. We just need to clean up some mistakes.”

WHY THIS GAME: Drake and Drew Riley were an impressive tandem in the backfield for the Raiders. Though we won't get to watch the brothers compliment each other, whether on offense or defense, again on a high school level, this 34-point win displayed their importance to Oak Hill football. The win also was beneficial in Oak Hill claiming its school-record third consecutive playoff berth. Though it was August, nothing beats MAIS PowerPoints.

THE NEXT MEETING: Oak Hill and Hartfield are not scheduled for another meeting on the gridiron. Oak Hill remains in the MAIS Class-AA division, while Hartfield joined the MAIS Class-AAA division this following athletic calendar year.

Return tomorrow for No. 4 on the countdown. Follow Will Nations on Twitter @NationsSports.

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