Friday Night Lights 2012 Open with a War Eagle Loss

Photo courtesy of Jim Eastin (scroll to bottom for more photos)

The brand spanking new, Dereck Rush-led Oak Ridge War Eagles ran into a stronger brand of Eagles Friday night at the Berry Center as they were sent back to their nest with a 42-0 drubbing by the Cy Falls Eagles.

Cy Falls QBs Cameron Henkhaus and Joseph Gicas combined for 211 yards passing as they spread the ball around to six different receivers. Jacorey Warrick and Temi Alaka benefited the most as they accounted for 84 and 71 yards respectively.

Oak Ridge’s game QB, Colby Kitterman was 13-25 amassing 78 yards while throwing one interception.

The ground game was also dominated by the more experienced Eagles as they ran for 278 yards, led by running back Brice Peters, who ran nine times for 115 yards.

Oak Ridge ran the ball for 13 yards but that doesn’t account for all of the distance QB Kitterman covered running for his life behind the line of scrimmage. Colby would do well to make Dennis Muehlstein’s cross country team with all of the practice he will be getting on Friday nights.

All kidding aside, you couldn’t find two more dissimilar teams in that Cy Falls is coming off of a 2011 campaign that saw them go 12-2 and a deep run into the playoffs. Currently, they are ranked 31st in the state of Texas. As for Oak Ridge and Dereck Rush’s inaugural season with his new charges, they are doing all they can do to get on the same page with a new system, much less get to know each other.

The War Eagles are coming off of a more than forgettable one win season which led to the firing of popular head coach, Bob Barrett (now offensive coordinator at Kingwood).

When watching any football game, you’ll notice the QB wearing a play sheet wristband to help remember plays, formations, etc… Because Coach Rush utilizes a “Spread Offense“, it appears as if everyone on offense is using a cheat sheet. The Spread can be confusing so this is not uncommon at all for a team that has been together for such a short time. Gone are the days of Vince Lombardi when you knew what the opposing team was going to run but couldn’t stop them anyway. With football players as athletic as ever now, you need to develop a system that has the defense confused. Unfortunately, while learning a complex offense, the offense can be more confused than the defense which seemed to be evident against Cy Falls.

So, do we call for Coach Rush’s firing immediately and hang him in effigy from the cafeteria ceiling? Absolutely not! Here we have a coach who built a state power during his time in Tyler. The powers that be went out and got the best they could find and brought him to the bottom of the 14-5A pile. Of course, the 14-5A Athletic Director, Danny Long, is from Tyler and has a history with Rush so we are fortunate in that regard. If there was no connection, we’d have to start wondering if Principal Tommy Johnson and Long are magicians.

Now, Coach Rush knows what he is dealing with and people who know him know he can turn the War Eagle football program around. First things first… Did you see any unsportsmanlike conduct fouls at this game? No! Did you see players acting disrespectful towards the coaches? No!

What you saw were players doing their best to learn the system and impress their coaches. You’ve got to start somewhere so we start at the bottom. Rush was left with the bottom so it his job to pick us up and get us to the top. We’ll give the man time. It takes longer than a game, a year or even two years to go from the bottom to the top. He and his team will do this together. Hopefully, he will be supported 100% by this community and we will be patient.

Rush and his assistants will do their job, which is to put our kids in a position to succeed when they have them during the day. Let’s support this team by not poisoning the kids at night by not giving the program the respect it deserves. If you look at any successful program, you will see support from top to bottom, from home and at school, from parents to students and faculty. If we do this, the program has a chance to succeed. If we don’t support the program we are no different than we’ve been since entering 5A football almost a decade ago.

Oh, you say we’ve been successful? Sure, those coaches and players tried hard with little support from us and were at best sliding into the last spot in the playoff picture(3rd place once, 4th the rest).

I don’t know what your version of success is but I can assure you it shouldn’t be described as doing just barely good enough. Let’s raise the bar for our kids. Let’s think like winners. Under Coach Rush, success will happen. It won’t be overnight but if we give all of our support, it won’t take tremendously long.

STATS BELOW……

……but enough football for now. If you were at the game early, you noticed that our Color Guard, Band and Liberty Belles have all received hardware for being exceptional. On the state level, those three groups excel and were given the credit they deserve.

What you didn’t hear about was how the cheerleaders were state champs as well in competitions they were involved in.

I haven’t chatted with the trainers lately because every time I try they are working too hard to have a conversation. When you have a chance at school, if you walk by a trainer say a random “Thank you”! They patch our athletes together and listen to their problems. They also help out in the hydration department in that they pass out water when needed. In the past, I saw a football player act disrespectfully towards a trainer when the trainer was giving the player water. Coach Barrett was at the helm then. That player was seen dragging a weighted sled around the school for a LONG time! I don’t know Coach Rush personally, but I bet he is of the same ilk in this regard.

Here at Oak Ridge Now, we can’t get every organization involved with the football festivities in every article, but we will do our best to include everyone at least a few times by the end of the season. We do this because we love Oak Ridge and our neighbors over here. Occasionally, we’ll be too brutally honest and we will offend you. Just remember, we are here because we have passion for everything inside of our cool little corner of the world but are not fans of fluffernutter writing. If you want to read stuff that makes you smile all the time, go somewhere else. If you want passion and honesty, we welcome you.

Be sure to support the War Eagles in their upcoming games.

Thursday..September 6..7pm vs Aldine at Woodforest. Aldine lost to Westfield this week 43-7 and were 4-6 in 2011.
Friday..September 14..7pm vs Stratford at Tully. Stratford lost to Memorial 34-14 this week and were 7-5 in 2011.
Saturday..September 22..2pm vs Nimitz at Thorne. Beat Conroe 55-35 this week and were 4-7 in 2011.

1

2

3

4

Total

Oak Ridge

0

0

0

0

0

Cy Falls

7

14

14

7

42

 

Scoring summary
CYF — Brice Peters 59-yard run (Brad Eubanks kick), 9:49.
CYF — Brice Peters 1-yard run (Brad Eubanks kick), 2:42.
CYF — Jacorey Warrick 27-yard pass from Cameron Henkhaus (Brad Eubanks kick), 11:55.
CYF — DJ Wattell 75-yard punt return (Brad Eubanks kick), 10:46, 3rd.
CYF — Brice Peters 33-yard run (Brad Eubanks kick), 7:31, 3rd.
CYF — Temi Alaka 60-yard pass from Joseph Gicas (Brad Eubanks kick), 8:34, 4th.

 

Team Stats

Conroe Oak Ridge

Houston Cypress Falls

Total yards

91

496

First downs

4

23

Rushes/Yds

25/13

42/278

Average rush

0.52

6.62

Comp/Atts

13/25/1

16/23/1

Pass yards

78

218

Comp pct

52

69.57

Punts

9

4

Punting Yards

362

154

Punting Average

40.22

38.5

Fumbles/Lost

2/1

2/1

Penalties-yards

8-60

11-130

 

 Oak Ridge

 

Passing
Name

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

Colby Kitterman

13

25

52

78

0

1

 

Rushing
Name

Att

Yds

Yds/Att

Long

TD

Colby Kitterman

13

28

2.2

0

0

Jason Simmons

2

8

4

0

0

Jamarcus Durst

1

5

5

0

0

 

Receiving
Name

Rec

Yds

Yds/Catch

Long

TD

Blake Guidry

1

29

29

0

0

Jamarcus Durst

2

7

3.5

0

0

Kwame Etwi

3

16

5.3

0

0

Brian Sciba

3

10

3.3

0

0

 

 Cypress Falls

 

Passing
Name

Comp

Att

Pct

Yds

TD

INT

Cameron Henkhaus

11

14

78.57

141

1

1

Joseph Gicas

5

9

55.56

77

1

0

 

Rushing
Name

Att

Yds

Yds/Att

Long

TD

Brice Peters

9

115

12.8

0

3

Cameron Henkhaus

11

69

6.3

0

0

Jermel Holmes

2

14

7

0

0

Jacorey Warrick

1

7

7

0

0

Joseph Gicas

8

31

3.9

0

0

Dimitri Dixon

10

48

4.8

0

0

 

Receiving
Name

Rec

Yds

Yds/Catch

Long

TD

Temi Alaka

2

71

35.5

0

1

Jermel Holmes

4

40

10

0

0

Noah Fernandez

4

13

3.3

0

0

Jacorey Warrick

4

84

21

0

1

Chris O’Connel

1

8

8

0

0

Paul Hodde

1

2

2

0

0

If you were not able to attend Friday night’s festivities, here are a few photos that capture what went on.  

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com

Photos courtesy of Chuck Briese and Jim Eastin

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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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