OAK HILL — After holding a 21-0 lead early in the game, the Notre Dame Titans were held to only three second-half points against the Oak Hill Oaks, losing the game 32-24.
The SOC I matchup between the Oaks and the Titans looked to be one-sided in the game’s first quarter, which saw the Titans convert three turnovers into scores, but Oak Hill fired back in the second half causing multiple turnovers to take control of the game and get their second win of the season.
“It was an unbelievable game,” Oak Hill football coach Nathan Dugan said. “We had a great second half. We started off slow and they got the 21-0 lead on us.”
Notre Dame was completely in control of the game in the first quarter, as the Titans intercepted Oak Hill quarterback Caleb Johnson twice and then went on to force a fumble.
The running duo of Sam Kayser and Isiah Johnson cause havoc on the Oaks in the first quarter as the running pair accumulated three touchdowns in the quarter, two for Kayser and one for Johnson.
“Kayser was exactly as he was advertised,” Dugan said. “He’s a great running back. Their offense was unbelievable, especially in that first quarter. They had us on our heels.”
The Oaks were able to stop some of the bleeding in the second quarter when Zach Fisher ran in a 5-yard score for the Oaks.
At halftime, Notre Dame held a 21-8 lead over Oak Hill after the Oaks ran a successful two-point conversion attempt, one of four on the night.
The third quarter saw a stalemate between the two teams, with neither being able to find the end zone.
However, early in the fourth quarter, Fisher put another six points on the board for Oak Hill, this time off a 10-yard run, which saw another successful two-point conversion run by Bayley Clutters.
The Oaks now only trailed the Titans 21-16 with 10:25 remaining in the game.
Just over halfway through the fourth quarter, Notre Dame got their only points of the second half, when Drew Cassidy’s sure-foot sent the Titans ahead 24-16 thanks to a 25-yard field goal.
On the following drive, Oak Hill marched down the field for 68 yards, which was finalized with a one-yard touchdown run by Clutters.
Trailing 24-22, Oak Hill decided to go for the two-point conversion to tie the game with only 2:03 left in the game. Clutters ran in his third of four two-point conversions on the night to tie the game 24-24.
Notre Dame took over on their own 37 yard line after the kickoff. A few plays later, the Titans were on the Oak Hill 42 when tragedy struck for Notre Dame, when Oak Hill forced a fumble and was then able to recover the ball on their own 46 yard line.
From there, Oak Hill ran a few plays with some success to move the ball to the Notre Dame 36 yard line. On a second and six play, Oak Hill’s Johnson dropped back to pass but was unable to hit his target. However, a flag went flying into the air in the backfield. The officials cited the Titans for roughing the passer, which not only placed the ball on the Notre Dame 21 yard line but also gave the Oaks a first down.
Johnson wasted little time in making the Titans pay for their penalty mistake, connecting with Wes Mullett up the middle for a 21-yard touchdown, with only 0:10.8 seconds remaining in the game.
Oak Hill went for the kill, lining up for another two-point conversion, which was also successful thanks to two broken tackles by Clutters, giving the Oaks a 32-24 lead.
The Oaks held their lead for the remaining seconds of the game, to claim their 32-24 win over the Titans.
In the end, Oak Hill wanted the win more than Notre Dame, according to Titans football coach Bob Ashley.
“They proved it,” Ashley said. “I give them a lot of credit. Their kids played hard. Those kids battled. You can’t win on the road in the conference when you play like that.”
Next week, Notre Dame will host the Green Bobcats in another conference matchup.
“We just have to come back Monday and find out what mistakes we made and try to correct them,” Ashley said. “That’s all we can do.”
Oak Hill will face a mountain of a battle in their week 6 game against the Wheelersburg Pirates. The Oaks and Pirates will play at Oak Hill with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
ND – Kayser 41-yd run 8:27 (PAT good)
ND – Johnson 33-yd run 3:39 (PAT good)
ND – Kayser 62-yd run 2:08 (PAT good)
OH – Fisher 5-yd run 8:02 (2-pt conv good Clutters run)
OH – Fisher 10-yd run 10:25 (2-pt conv good Clutters run)
ND – Cassidy 25-yd field goal 5:54
OH – Clutters 1-yd run 2:03 (2-pt conv good Clutters run)
OH – 21-yd pass from Johnson to Mullett 0:10.8 (2-pt conv good Clutters run)
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Passing – Cassidy 0-1-0
Receiving – N/A
Rushing – Cassidy 1-2, Johsnon 12-115 TD, Kayser 24-234
Passing – Johnson 5-15-97 TD, 2 INT
Receiving – Cole 1-16, Morgan 1-20, Mullett 1-21 TD, Rice 1-31, Travis 1-9
Rushing – Carpenter 3-27, Chandler 1-4, Clutters 8-53 TD, Fisher 16-73 2TD, Johnson 9-29, Moore 6-57, Mullett 1-1, Travis 1-2
Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext. 1931, or on Twitter @MikeHamilton82.