By Bryan Davis
Friday night’s loss to Manchester was disappointing for the Oak Hill Academy Raiders, but that did not mean the end of their season or their hopes of getting into the playoffs.
This team has proved its resiliency before in the 2010 season, bouncing back from an 0-4 start to win two in a row, including a conference win over Carroll.
“We still have an opportunity to get into the playoffs,” Gregg said. “But if we’re not going to play with anymore passion than tonight, it’s not going to happen.”
Oak Hill went into Friday night’s game, knowing a win meant a trip to the playoffs in November, but a slew of mistakes, including two safeties, cost the Raiders the game to a team that came in at 0-6.
“This was as disappointing a loss as I’ve seen in my 35 years of coaching,” Gregg said.
As disappointing as it seems now, this Raider team has proved before that hard losses have made them better.
After the first month of the season, Oak Hill was without a win. They had just traveled to take on the Leake Academy Rebels, who led a massacre against Oak Hill in a 61-6 defeat.
The very next week, they returned to Clay County to play Hebron, and the Raiders exploded for 46 points.
The following week, they repeated that score again, this time in the district win against Carroll.
This made it to where Friday night’s game was not do or die. They have to beat Winston, on the road in three weeks, but if any team can pull this off, it’s the 2010 Raiders.