Playoff positioning on the line for Oak Glen

FULL SPEED AHEAD — Kholton Goodlin and the Oak Glen football team travel to face Frankfort on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

NEW MANCHESTER — Head coach Ted Arneault received exactly what he was looking for when Oak Glen scheduled Frankfort at the beginning of the season.

The Golden Bears head to Frankfort Friday as the fourth-ranked team in Class AA. The Falcons, meanwhile, are in third. This is a huge game for playoff positioning.

“This is a team added to the schedule because we knew they would be a perennial playoff team,” Arneault said. “They’re tough, physical and very well coached. You can tell they’re a very team-oriented group of people. There isn’t one kid that sticks out as being a superstar.

“They like to run the ball. They’re a wing T team and don’t throw the ball much, but they oppose their will through the run game. They also play very fundamentally-sound defense.”

The Falcons are 7-1 and defeated North Marion, 36-19, last week. Their lone defeat came against Charles Town Washington, 20-19, on Oct. 9.

Oak Glen, meanwhile, is 5-1 and were off last week because it could not find an opponent. At least it had another week to get healthier, although it lost practice days due to two separate power outages.

“Being back to our normal schedule has been really good. The kids did well last week and are really excited about being able to play,” Arneault said. “We’re as healthy as we can be right now minus the three knee injuries.”

One of those knee injuries includes senior cornerback Brayden Mineard, who is lost for the season. With Evan Geisse also done, the Golden Bears are still looking to patch their defensive backfield.

“We’re working on it. We have some sophomores that are going to have to step up,” Arneault said. “Hopefully they’ll learn quickly between Matt Greenlief and Landon Beatty and Ethan Lively. Buck Franklin has been out there a few times already. We’re going to have to find some kids that want to play some defense for us.

“We like what we see from them so far, but obviously they don’t have a lot of Friday night experience. We’ll have to get the older, more experienced guys to help out, give them some guidance and help coach them up.”

The Bears and Falcons share a common opponent in Weir High. Oak Glen dominated its rival, 58-14, two weeks ago, while Frankfort nearly blew a late 17-point lead. The Red Riders cut the deficit to four with 3:10 to play before the Falcons put the game to rest, 37-26.

Through six games this season, Oak Glen is averaging an area-best 448.8 yards and 43.2 points per game. On defense, it allows 254.7 yards and 22.3 points per contest.

Ahead of both teams in Class AA are Sissonville in first and Bluefield second.


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