By Bryan Davis
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-4; 1-0) are hoping the flu bug is going to be long gone by the time they take the field tonight, at home, against another set of Raiders from Lamar Academy (3-2).
Tonight’s non-league battle will feature two teams looking to extend two-game winning streaks to three.
Lamar is coming off a pair of wins against Heritage and Canton. The latter one was a 48-13 blowout of the Panthers.
Coach Mac Barnes’ team will come in, featuring a roster that has a good bit more depth than Oak Hill’s.
The home town Raiders will come in with a 16-man roster, which features only a pair of seniors.
Lamar’s roster has around 30 players listed, and the senior leadership is prevalent, with 10 upper classmen.
This is nothing new to the Raiders, who played the first four weeks of the season against teams that were much larger in size and numbers.
Though they were win-less in the first four weeks of the season, Oak Hill remained competitive and finally got on a win streak three weeks ago.
Playing those big rosters only made the Raiders better, and now they are going to be better prepared for the Lamar attack that will come tonight.
In the last two weeks, the Raiders have cut down on their turnovers, something that was plaguing the team throughout the first four weeks.
They are going to need to hold on to the ball tonight. Giving a hot team like Lamar any extra chances to score could prove detrimental.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Oak Hill.