By Bryan Davis
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-5; 1-0) had a rough start to the 2009 season, but there is a good chance that they will have rebounded themselves into a playoff spot, if they can defeat the 0-6 Manchester Mavericks tonight, on the road.
“It’s the most important game of the year for us,” said Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg earlier this week.
Gregg went on to say that the implications of a win tonight would be a playoff spot for the Raiders, who started the 2010 season 0-4.
After an opening week loss to Heritage, Oak Hill followed that up with three consecutive defeats to Pillow, Indianola and Leake. The fourth game against the Rebels, Oak Hill allowed over 60 points.
The season began to turn around for Oak Hill after that.
They came back home and had a good week of practice before facing the Eagles of Hebron Christian School, across the county.
They would break out of a season-long offensive slump, scoring 46 points off the Eagle defense that night.
The following week, they would play a home match, their first division game of the season, against Carroll.
That game resulted in a 40-plus point performance by the Raider offense, as they secured district win number one.
Last week, the Raiders had a set back against Lamar, but this was not a district match, so they are still in good position to secure a playoff spot.
If they fall tonight, the playoff hopes are not dead, but they will have to face Winston, on the road, during the last game of the season for a chance to get in.
Kickoff tonight is at 7 p.m., in Yazoo City.