By Bryan Davis
During the second half of Friday night’s game between Oak Hill and Kirk, home Raider Bo Sanford was spelled on offense for most of the last two quarters.
The Oak Hill standout remained in the game to play defense, but Raider head coach Leroy Gregg said that the rusher was too banged up to make a lot of cuts with the ball in hand. He was able to run north and south, but when it came to cutting with the ball, it was too painful.
Sanford, who helped lead the Oak Hill team to a 14-12 win over Kirk, will likely be taking handoffs and catching passes again this Friday night against Marshall, but for the time, Oak Hill fans were able to witness handoffs to a player who may be a future Raider star.
Sophomore Chance Livingston, a player fans have seen make a lot of tackles on defense, was given the chance to replace Sanford on offense, and he did not disappoint.
“Chance, on any other team, would probably be an offensive star,” said Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg. “But he’s got some offensive stars, right now, that are playing in front of him.”
Sanford, senior Doss Miller and sophomore Phillip Liu have been getting most of the touches as backs for the Raiders all season. With Miller departing next season, Livingston should be a prime candidate to take his spot in the rotation of runners and receivers.
“It’s no secret what Chance can do,” Gregg said. “He is a good football player, offensively and defensively.”
Friday night’s game went down to the wire. It was a non-district battle between a pair of 2-6 teams. Kirk was trying to salvage a lost season, and Oak Hill was trying to get confidence back.
After a district loss at Manchester, Oak Hill is faced with having to beat Winston, on the road, in two weeks to get into the playoffs. They needed a win, conference or not.
With Sanford unable to take the ball in the second half, Livingston stepped in and got 57 yards on the ground, making some big time plays for the Raiders in the game’s most critical time.
“When we needed him tonight, he took that ball, and he got us a lot of crucial first downs when we were running that clock out,” Gregg said.
Livingston and the Raiders took seven minutes off the clock in the final quarter, and they were successful at taking down Kirk. For now, Livingston might have to go back to defense, but expect him to be making big runs in the future, at Oak Hill.