War Eagles Still Looking For That Elusive First Victory

Photo courtesy of Jim Eastin (more photos below)

In search of their first victory of the 2012 season, not to mention Coach Dereck Rush’s first win as a War Eagle, Oak Ridge lost their fifth game in succession against what some would say, a beatable Bryan Viking squad at Woodforest Stadium, 20-7.

Bryan running back, Bobby Johnson ran for 188 yards and QB Chris Johnson passed for 108 as the Vikings combined for over 430 yards against the Oak Ridge defense.

Oak Ridge Frosh, Braden Letney was forced into action this week with Colby Kitterman on the sidelines as a result of the concussion he suffered last week versus Nimitz. Letney showed poise in completing 10-19 in the air for 104 yards. What the stat sheet fails to describe is how Letney had to learn the offense in a short time and lead teammates who are all older than he is. This would be too much to ask of most young athletes but Letney did a yeoman’s job. Of course, there was the expected confusion as on some plays the offense looked more like a Chinese Fire Drill.

For the most part, Oak Ridge held it together and Jason Simmons continues to impress as he rushed for 78 yards and caught two Letney aerial’s for 30 yards.

When two evenly matched teams meet on a football field, what tells the tale most of the time are turnovers and Oak Ridge had a couple that hurt in the first half resulting in 14 points for Bryan. Besides the turnovers, once again Oak Ridge was running around all night chasing a mobile running back in Johnson which brought back memories of the Aldine game they lost 42-34. Along with QB Johnson, the two combined for 247 yards.

Letney carried the ball for 21 yards and a touchdown. Jeff Pearson caught two balls for 22 yards. Jamarcus Durst two for 22. Jonny Jackson three for seventeen and Kwame Etwi one for 16.

Oak Ridge had three sacks on the night and played good pass defense as Johnson was able to connect on just four passes in attempts.

The Oak Ridge band, Color Guard, AFROTC, Cheerleaders, Liberty Belles are all still undefeated.

Worthy of note: Look for Letney on the Oak Ridge baseball diamond in the spring. This kid is a special athlete.

The War Eagles travel across the highway to play College Park next Friday at 7:30pm.

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com

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







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Scoring Summary

First quarter

Bryan: Bobby Johnson 13 run (Jose Falcon kick), 2:43

Second quarter

Bryan: Johnson 16 run (Falcon kick), 10:00

Oak Ridge: Braden Letney 8 run (Fransisco Ashford kick), 7:29

Bryan: Falcon 28 field goal, 3:47

Fourth quarter

Bryan: Falcon 23 field goal, 1:45

Team Statistics


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Passing yards












Individual Statistics

Rushing — Bryan: Bobby Johnson 23-188; Damian Wilson 5-63; Chris Johnson 11-59; Josh Gibbs 3-29. Oak Ridge: Jason Simmons 9-78; Braden Letney 8-21.

Passing — Bryan: Chris Johnson 4-18-0-108. Oak Ridge: 10-19-0-104 .

Receiving — Bryan: VJ Banks 2- 59; Cooper Powell 2-48 . Oak Ridge: Jason Simmons 2-30; Jeff Pearson 2-22; Jarmarqus Durst 2-19; Jonathan Jackson 3-17; Kwame Etwi 1-16.

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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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