War Eagles Maintain Focus, Sprint Past Bellaire 44-14

En route to Delmar Stadium on Friday afternoon for a 7pm tilt against HISD’s Bellaire Cardinals, Head Coach Bob Barrett had to be concerned if his charges would be taking the Cardinals too lightly. Not that Oak Ridge is ranked in any polls or anything, but Bellaire had not scored a point in their first two games of the season.

Well, Bellaire did manage to put points on the board but Barrett need not have worried as his continuing to improve War Eagles annihilated the hapless Cardinals 44-14.

Give Bellaire some credit as they came out fighting and had the lead after the first quarter, 7-3. Fortunately for the Oak Ridge faithful who made the trip to Houston, the party was over for Bellaire as the War Eagles scored 28 straight points making the score 31-7 at halftime.

Jamal Candley put Oak Ridge ahead for good when he returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown at 9:41 of the 2nd quarter. Cade Cyr followed up with a 16 yard touchdown catch from Michael Handy.

Not to be outdone, Michael Handy ran for a 28 yard touchdown and then caught a 55 yard TD pass from gunslinger Chris Grett which concluded the scoring in the first half.

In the 2nd half, Michael Handy galloped to a 20 yard TD and Jonathan Jackson caught a 10 yard TD pass from Grett’s back-up QB, Dawson Little.

The game was marred by Bellaire unsportsmanlike penalties. For the most part, the War Eagles were able to bite their tongues until almost the end of the game when offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties were called. With Bellaire committing 120 yards of penalties to Oak Ridge’s 30, Oak Ridge was obviously the more disciplined team which is music to all of the coaches ears.

We had indicated in our preseason prognostications piece that seeing as Oak Ridge has a mostly new coaching staff, to expect the War Eagles to slowly improve in regards to their execution on both sides of the ball as well as in the discipline department. Here we are after week three and Oak Ridge has scored 82 points in their last two games after the 7 point offensive debacle in the opener against Magnolia West.

After last week’s excellent performance against Pearland-Dawson save a few mental gaffes, the War Eagles followed it up with a strong performance against Bellaire AND they played with discipline.

After Baytown Sterling comes to town for Homecoming and Oak Ridge looking to impress the large home crowd, expect the War Eagles to be more than ready for it’s first three district opponents, College Park , Conroe, and Atascocita starting September 24.

Where we predicted Oak Ridge would end up 7-3 and playoff bound, we are one off with the Magnolia West loss. However, after witnessing the Oak Ridge resurgence of the last two weeks we believe we can still be right as it now looks like the War Eagles can beat Atascocita where we predicted that would not happen.

“D” Notes: The War Eagle defense was solid once again barely giving up 50 yards in the first half. The Cardinals managed just 165 yards on the evening but most of them after the game was already decided. New Defensive Coordinator Cody Haug has the unit learning his system so when the real games start, they will be more than ready. It also helps when the opposing team sends the correct amount of film so you can scout properly. Some programs are better than others at this practice.

Special Teams Notes: Besides Candley’s 45 yard TD return, Brady Simon made a touchdown saving tackle when on a Martin Gonzalez kickoff that went three yards deep in the end zone, the brave Cardinal ran it out and made it 100 yards before a flying Simon made a touchdown saving tackle at the three yard line. Gonzalez continues to be solid.

If the War Eagles continue on this ridiculous improvement climb, expect them to be ranked soon.

See you at Homecoming!

Stats:

Passing:
Chris Grett: 12-18 183 yards 1td
Michael Handy: 1-1 16 yards  1td

Rushing:
Michael Handy: 7-77 yards  11 per carry.

Receiving:
Cade Cyr: 7-97 yards 1 td  13.9 yards per catch
Michael Handy: 3-94 yards  1 td  31.3 yards a catch

1   2   3   4    Total
Oak Ridge  3  28  6  7 –  44
Bellaire      7   0   0   7 –  14

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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