Oakdale improves to 3-1 with road win
By Goose Lindsay
A young Oakdale team grew up Friday night as after letting a 14-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter, the Eagles responded with a 60-yard scoring drive capped off by a Timmy Holder run from inside the 10 with one minute remaining to give JR Voyles’ squad a 30-22 victory at Wartburg.
“We’ve been preaching to them all off-season and through the season that you’re going to face adversity and when it happens, you have to take the next step. You have to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward,” Oakdale head coach JR Voyles said. “They’re starting to buy in and tonight when adversity came nobody got down, they just went back to work.”
The first period was a bit sloppy as the teams combined for three turnovers. The biggest of those came when Wartburg’s Jarrod Howard picked off an Eagle pass at the goal line.
The Eagles had an advantage in field position to start the second period and that led to the first score of the game.
After forcing a Wartburg punt from the shadow of their own goal post, the Eagles put together 3-play, 27-yard scoring drive that ended in a Tyler Boyer 18-yard touchdown pass to Eloy Vera.
Boyer added the 2-point conversion run to make the score 8-0 with 7:20 left in the second quarter.
Wartburg answered quickly as the Bulldogs put together a 4-play, 70-yard scoring drive that ended in a bruising 38-yard scoring run from Chris Flowers.
Flowers added the conversion to tie the game at 8-8 with 5:20 left in the first half.
Wartburg almost came up with a huge play, but a surprise onside kick didn’t cover the necessary 10 yards giving Oakdale excellent field position at the Bulldogs 49.
The Eagles cashed in 11 plays later when Boyer converted a fourth-and-4 run with a 7-yard TD.
Oakdale’s conversion failed, leaving the score 14-8 with 20 seconds left in the first half.
The Eagles stayed hot to start the second half as their first drive of the third period ended with a 28-yard scoring pass from Boyer to Vera.
Boyer then ran in the 2-point play to give the Eagles a 22-8 lead with 6:45 to play in the third quarter.
Oakdale looked ready to put the game away in the final period as the Eagles had the ball on the Bulldog 24 when Wartburg’s Tyler Davis picked off a pass and raced 76 yards for a score with 8:22 left to play.
Flowers added the conversion to make the score 22-16.
Wartburg’s defense came up with another big play two plays later when the Bulldogs recovered an Oakdale fumble at the Eagle 25.
The Bulldogs pulled even seven plays later when Davis found an open Damon Duncan from 15 yards out on fourth down.
Wartburg’s 2-point try failed, leaving the score 22-22 with 4:42 left to play.
But the Eagles would not be denied. A 29-yard pass to Roy Huskey and a 23-yard completion to Sydney Gregory highlighted the game-winning drive capped by Holder’s run.
Holder also added the 2-point run to give the Eagles the 8-point margin of victory.
“This team has some fight,” Voyles said. “It’s not always the prettiest… but these kids have such a fire in their belly and there’s a competitive spirit about them.
Oakdale improves to 3-1 on the season and will be at Coalfield on Friday, Sept. 18.
Wartburg drops to 0-4 with a trip to Midway up next on Monday.
“We’ve got to get back to work on Monday and get ready for Midway,” Bulldog head coach Kevin Human said. “Coach (Ron) Treadway does a good job down there and I know we’ll be in for a fight.”