Three Takeaways from Oak Hill's win over Carroll Academy

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Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Three takeaways from Oak Hill’s victory over Carroll
BY COLLIN BRISTER
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Oak Hill’s defense dominated the second half against Carrol Academy, and a Grayson Easterling field goal propelled Oak Hill to a 17-14 win and a 2-0 record in district play.

Offense

Oak Hill’s offense has become methodical and does exactly what it needs to do to compliment what has become one of the best defenses in the state.
John Carver Middleton has great athleticism at the quarterback position, and he’s been exactly what the Raiders have needed so far this season. He doesn’t turn the football over, and has been steady in passing situations.
Ethan Bryan has become a force at the running back position. Oak Hill has started to rely on him more and more in critical situations, and it’’s something that will only help them going forward this season.
The Raiders offensive line is starting to gel the later it gets in the season. They had their struggles in the first game against Newton Academy, but the past three they’ve gotten better each week. You’re not going to have a successful offense if you aren’t able to play well up front, and it appears the Raiders have an offensive line who will help carry the load this season.
Oak Hill’s offense can push the tempo if they need to, and that’s something which will help them if they get into a situation where they need to score late in a contest, but they’re relying on the ability to move the football on the ground, and so far in the young season it’s worked extremely well.

Defense

The Raiders defense is likely one of the best in the state in their classification.
They played half of a game against Deer Creek, and they didn’t allow a score. Newton Academy popped some big runs against the Raiders late in the contest, but the Oak Hill defense held them out of the end zone for most of the night.
They had back-to-back shutouts against Strider Academy and Winona Christian Academy in their second and third games of the season. They shutout Carrol Academy in the second half on Friday night.
They’re doing everything possible to make sure this team advances to the playoffs and comes away with a district championship.
The defensive line has played well throughout the early portion of the season. They’re causing penetration, and making it hard for teams to run the football.
Carroll has a potent rushing attack, and Oak Hill put the clamps on it in the second half on Friday night.

What’s Next?

The Raiders will step out of the district the next two weeks as they’ll travel to Wayne Academy before coming home to play Columbus Christian.
Oak Hill’s going to play in what is a de facto district championship game, but it won’t come until the last game of the season against Marshall Academy if Marshall is to beat Winona Christian or Carrol Academy.
The Raiders already have tiebreakers over Winona Christian and Carrol Academy. Central Holmes Christian is 0-2 in district play.

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