War Eagles Closer, But Still Looking For First 2012 Win

Oak Ridge dropped their third game of the season, losing 21-14 to Stratford Friday night. Photo courtesy of Chuck Briese (more photos below)

The Oak Ridge War Eagles traveled to Houston’s Tully Stadium losing a tight one to the Stratford Spartans, 21-14. It was a gallant effort for the War Eagles as they are still looking for their first win of the 2012 campaign.

Stratford got on the board first on a Terrance Peters 56 yard run near the end of the first quarter as the Spartan’s led after the first stanza, 7-0.

The improving Oak Ridge defense held the Stratford offense at bay in the second quarter as a Colby Kitterman four yard plunge tied things up and the teams headed to their respective locker rooms at halftime.

In the third quarter, the defense shut out the Spartan offense once again but the Stratford defense was equal to the task and the two teams headed into the fourth quarter locked in a 7-7 battle. It didn’t take long for Stratford to take the lead as Terrence Peters scored his second touchdown on a one yard run with just 22 seconds gone in the final quarter..

Oak Ridge didn’t take long to retaliate as Kitterman launched a 75 yard bomb to a wide open Jamarcus Durst who had toasted his DB on a skinny post. The score was tied 14-14 with 10:12 to play.

Stratford then sustained a drive culminating in Peters third touchdown of the day on a 17 yard run with 6:06 left which ended all scoring for the night.

WORTHY OF NOTE:

Although Oak Ridge is 0-3, the team is looking a lot better than last year in every department – not the least of which is team continuity,which had been lacking the last two seasons.

From 10:22 of the first quarter to 11:38 of the fourth quarter, the defense gave up nada points… that’s zero, squat, zip, donut hole, etc… which comes to a total of 34 minutes and 44 seconds. Not too shabby!

The defense gave up 100 yards less than they had averaged in games one and two. Dillon Dye, George Stevenson, Matt Mitchell and Clayton Grett continue to make big tackles.

Frankie Ashford made good on his two extra point attempts. He was forced into double duty (punter also) as starting place kicker Patrick Coale is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

It was good to go to an away game and hear an unbiased announcer.

The band did it’s usual awesome job as it looks forward to their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance in Gotham.

The Cheerleaders, led by Coach Sarah Parker and captains Kaelin Dryer and Kayla Vonarb rock! As does the Color Guard and Liberty Belles. However, it is unknown whether the Belles routine at halftime where they dance under ladders had anything to do (possible bad luck) with the War Eagle loss.

Next up for the War Eagles is a Saturday (Sept 22), 2:00PM tilt at Aldine Nimitz.

Let’s support the War Eagles! This was the second week in a row they were in a ball game. Look for them to break into the win column on Saturday!

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

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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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