Missed opportunities cost Oak Hill in loss to Blackford

On Friday night, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles’ offense moved pretty well. They were able to establish the run game, while quarterback Clay McCorkle made several nice throws throughout the evening.

But once they got closer to the end zone, they struggled, and several crucial mistakes proved costly in a 21-12 loss.

“Offensively, we are getting better. We are doing things better,” Oak Hill Head Coach Bud Ozmun said. “We put together a bit more of a run game. But still, three times in the red zone, twice inside the 10, we had our opportunities to get in. We dropped two passes in the end zone that hit us in the numbers. We got stood up on the one-yard line, and then had a bad snap on a fourth and goal. We’re there. We just didn’t capitalize.”

Blackford’s old-school, wing-T offense is tough to gameplan against, but Ozmun felt his defense, for the most part, handled it well. However, they gave up three big runs that led to all three of Blackford’s touchdowns.

“We played a pretty good defensive game,” Ozmun said. “Against the Blackford offense, they just do what they do, and once you miss a tackle or get yourself out of position, they make you pay for it. Really, there were only three times that we felt like we were out of position, and all of three of those led to their three scores. Those three breakdowns ended up being costly.”

Blake Fox led the rushing attack with 78 yards on 22 carries, while McCorkle completed 12 passes for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tristen Hayes had both touchdown receptions and 92 yards receiving, while Kian Hite compiled 72 yards on five catches.

After three weeks, the Golden Eagles have shown progression in multiple areas through each passing contest.

But going forward, Ozmun is looking for better execution.

“We just have to eliminate the self-destructive errors that we are making,” Ozmun said. “We just afford to put ourselves in a hole. We are missing some assignments, and those are costly.We’ve got to take a step back, see what they are not getting, and how we can coach it better.”

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