Oak Glen wins first game over Buckeye Local

YORKVILLE — A strong first half running game that included a pair of 100-yard rushers and a defense that managed to hold off a determined Buckeye Local squad keyed Oak Glen as the Golden Bears notched their first win of the season over the Panthers in Yorkville Friday night.

In what evolved into a late 35-7 lead, coach Ted Arneault’s Golden Bears went home with a 35-21 decision after opening the season with losses to Weir and at home to Steubenville Catholic to improve to 1-2. They will play host to Grafton on Friday.

Buckeye Local head coach Roger Herbert had a tough opening loss to Martins Ferry on the home turf before finding themselves with a third-quarter lead at Union Local before dropping a tough decision to the Jets last week. Friday’s loss on the Memorial Stadium turf brought the Panthers to 0-3 on the season and extended their long losing streak to 35 games.

Week 4 will bring a good Indian Creek team to Yorkville to square off with the Panthers.

“I think they had the strategy to try to stop our passing, and we were able to come out and run the ball,” Arneault said. “Sometimes you have take what they give you. But, I think that helped us pass the ball, and we did that a lot better today.”

“We are starting to play a lot smarter, and our defense played very well. They held up very well in the second half. We are going to be healthier next week. We had four kids out this week, and three will be back next week.”

In the first quarter, Oak Glen ran roughshod over the Panther defense to build a 14-0 lead. Starting from their own 34 on the first Bear possession, a steady dose of Paxton Shuman and Ethan Mick on the ground and a pair of pass completions by Nick Chaney to Zach Taylor enabled the visitors to grind out 66 yards and open the scoring. Chaney’s second pass to Taylor covered the final 20 with 6:57 on the clock. Dan Dowskin booted his first of five PATs for a 7-0 lead.

After gaining possession following another Panther punt, the Bears continued to go with Shuman and Mick on the ground, and the two combined for 60 yards on seven carries. Chaney did connect with Taylor for 11 yards during the drive. Shuman’s run from the 8 for the score and Dowskin’s PAT pushed the lead to 14-0.

Midway through the second quarter, Buckeye mounted its own drive with the assistance of four Oak Glen penalties to get on the board. The running of Charles Smith and passes of 16 yards from Seth Richardson to Shayne Christian and 10 yards to Jack Reese set the stage for Smith’s score from the 1. Christian tacked on the PAT.

Bolstered by Chaney passes of 10 yards to Taylor and 22 yards to Michael Lemley, the Bears scored again before the half on a 24-yard pass from Chaney to Taylor.

Kellen Tropeck picked off a tipped Buckeye pass at the line in the third frame and raced 24 yards to the score at the nine-minute mark.

Early in the fourth, Oak Glen closed out their scoring with a 17-yard run by Mick at the 5:58 mark to cap a quick 59-yard drive.

“We had some injuries late, but we will never use that for an excuse,” Herbert said. “They ran the ball pretty well, and we didn’t really have an answer for that. We had some missed opportunities, and we have to take care of that.”

“We’ll just put our hard hats on and try again Friday. For the most part, I never see any effort issues; the kids are always giving us the effort. We just to try to speed this thing along and get a couple wins. The fans have been good, so hopefully we can give them something.”

Buckeye managed to close the gap in the final 2:43, first with a 2-yard scoring run by Smith to close out a long 67-yard, 10-play drive.

A Bears fumble recovered by the Panthers’ Matt Carpenter gave the hosts another shot at the end zone and, three plays later, scored on a Richardson to Corban Westfall pass. Richardson threw to Gino Barber for the two-pointer.

Oak Glen 14 7 7 7 — 35

Buckeye Local 0 7 0 14 — 21

OG: Taylor 20 pass from Chaney (Dwoskin kick)

OG: Shuman 8 run (Dwoskin kick)

BL: Richardson 1 run (Christian kick)

OG: Taylor 24 pass from Chaney (Dwoskin kick)

OG: Tropeck 24 yard fumble recovery (Dwoskin kick)

OG: Mick 17 run (Dwoskin kick)

BL: Smith 2 run (pass failed)

BL: Westfall 10 pass Richardson (Barber pass from Richardson)

RUSHING: Buckeye Local 30-129-2 (Smith, 16-44-1; Richardson, 12-58-1; Christian, 4-8; Reese, 1-2; Zanes 3-0). Oak Glen 41-249-2 (Mick 15-129-1; Shuman, 19-104-1; Chaney 1-14).

PASSING: Buckeye Local 6-23-68-1-1 (all by Richardson); Oak Glen 11-20-179-2-1 (all by Chaney).

RECEIVING: Buckeye Local (Zanes, 2-12; Christian, 1-16; Reese, 2-25; Westfall, 1-10-1); Oak Glen (Taylor, 7-82-2; Lemley, 2-16; Travis, 2-56).

First Downs: Buckeye Local 13; Oak Glen 23

Penalties: Buckeye Local 6-51; Oak Glen 12-93

Fumbles: Buckeye Local 1-0; Oak Glen 2-2