PDT Sports Editor
UPPER ARLINGTON —The Oak Hill Oaks lost in a Division VI, Region 21 first round playoff game against the Bishop Ready Silver Knights, 48-6, Friday at Upper Arlington High School.
Oak Hill struggled to move the ball against the Ready defense as the Oaks managed to gain 183 while committing two turnovers. The Oaks only picked up three first downs in the first 24 minutes of the contest.
“There were some things we saw up stairs that we thought we could exploit offensively,” Oak Hill coach Nathan Dugan said. “But their weak side defensive end played an outstanding game. He was able to shutdown our quick hitters. We didn’t really have a chance to establish anything. We got a little bit of a zone working late in the second quarter but by that time they had a few score lead and at that time, we were just trying to survey the damage and get it to halftime.”
The Oaks trailed 42-0 at halftime as Ready managed to gain 312 total yards.
“The thing about the start of the game, we knew they were going to be a very potent offense to try and stop,” Dugan said.
Oak Hill went toe to toe with Ready until late in the first quarter when Jordan fisher fumbled on his own 10-yard line, which was recovered by Connor Lancia at the Oak Hill 3-yard line. The Silver Knights increased their lead to 14-0 after Akili Taylor scored on the first play of the drive.
“That turnover was a blow that was pretty hard for us to take,” Dugan said. “To have them pin a punt down basically because the guy turns around at the right time and it hits him in the chest, and two plays later, we’ve got a receiver fighting for an extra yard and it’s kind of reminiscent on Willy (Harris) down at Notre Dame. He’s fighting, trying to get that extra yard and I’m never going to fault a kid trying to stretch a six yard gain into a seven yard gain.”
Taylor led the Ready rushing attack with 113 yards on 17 attempts while adding one touchdown. Matt Yoho led the Silver Knights through the air as he completed eight passes on 11 attempts for 190 yards. The 6-foot-5-inch senior added three scoring tosses before the break.
“Our game plan was to do whatever we could to limit their tailback on carries and breaking the game open from his spot,” Dugan said. “We kind of said going into this we were going to force the quarterback to beat us, especially in the second quarter, he really did step up. He’s a senior that has had a great season already. We knew we had to try to take away one weapon but they just had so many.”
One of the bright spots for the Oaks was Willy Harris. The 5-foot-9-inch sopohmore carried the ball 14 times for 59 yards. Fisher scored the lone touchdown for Oak Hill in the fourth quarter to cap off a 16-play, 83-yard drive.
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Oak Hill—0 0 0 6—6
Bishop Ready—14 28 6 0—48
Bishop Ready— Fowler 15 run (Dulin kick), 8:40
Bishop Ready— Chapman 3 run (Dulin kick), :57
Bishop Ready— Fowler 18 pass from Yoho (Dulin kick), 8:32
Bishop Ready— Clanin 31 pass from Yoho (Dulin kick), 7:26
Bishop Ready— Culbertson 79 pass from Yoho (Dulin kick), 4:41
Bishop Ready— Golden 7 run (Dulin kick), 1:57
Bishop Ready— Taylor 7 run (kick failed), 3:41
Oak Hill— Fisher 4 yard pass from Stiltner (pass failed), 7:21
First Downs 11 18
Rush Att.-Yds. 40-134, 33-194
Pass Att.-Comp.-Int. 19-8-1, 8-11
Pass Yds. 49, 190
Total Yds. 183, 384
Fumbles-Lost 1-1, 1-1
Turnovers 2, 1
Penalties-Yds. 1-5, 3-40
RUSHING: V — Harris 14-59, Coy 14-40, Kerns 4-26, Carpenter 2-5, Stiltner 3-4, Waugh 1-1, Trisch 1-1, Burdine 1-(-1); H— Taylor 17-113, Yoho 2-23, Fowler 2-15, Culbertson 1-13, Golden 2-11, Bailey 4-10, Chapman 1-3, Stock 1-0, Knox 1-0, Mitchell 1-(-1).
PASSING: V —Stiltner 9-18-1 49; H—Yoho 8-11 190.
RECEIVING: V —Fisher 3-19, Harris 2-11, Burdine 1-8, Starr 1-7, Harrison 1-4; H—Culbertson 2-91, Clanin 2-47, Fowler 2-28, Golden 1-17, Taylor 1-7.
Records — Oak Hill 8-3; Ready 10-1.