Hood, Wade carry Patriots to 38-21 win

Hood, Wade carry Patriots to 38-21 win

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Hood, Wade carry Patriots to 38-21 win

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Second-ranked Oakland jumped out to a big lead then used its bruising rushing attack to pull away and defeat Brentwood 38-21 at Ray Hughes Stadium Friday night.

The Patriots (6-0) rushed for 204 yards and totaled more than 300 yards of offense in the win as they enter a bye week next week.

“The line just came out blocking, it’s all on the line,” running back Darryle Hood Jr. said. “We’ve got a big offensive line.

“I’m getting the ball and these holes are so big you can drive three dump trucks through it. They’re blocking perfect and it can’t get (any) better. I love my offensive line.”

Hood finished with 124 yards on just nine carries. He also scored twice in the third quarter to help the Patriots put the game out of reach.

Both touchdown runs – of 28 and 23 yards – were quick-hitting, inside handoffs to the senior. Once he got passed the first level of the defense, there weren’t any Brentwood (2-4) defenders who could catch him.

“It caught me off guard for a second,” Hood said about the space he had to run in. “I was just like ‘oh my goodness, I just got it.’ “

Fellow senior running back Fred Wade added 84 rushing yards, giving the duo 208 combined yards for game.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Wade said. “We executed the passing game and the running game.

“When you work hard in the offseason, it pays off and all that hard work paid off tonight.”

Quarterback Rhett Stacey, who finished 8 of 11 passing for 98 yards and one touchdown, started the game’s scoring on the opening drive with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Vanderbilt commitment Emmanuel Smith, which capped a 70-yard scoring drive.

Smith finished the game with five catches for 64 yards and the touchdown, which gave the Patriots a 7-0 advantage just 2:14 into the game.

After the Oakland defense gave the ball back to its offense less than two minutes later, Stacey directed another scoring drive – this time of 71 yards, which was capped by Josh Cunningham on a 15-yard run to give the Patriots a 14-0 with 3:21 left in the first quarter.

Brentwood had another brief possession on offense before the Oakland defense once again gave its offense the ball back.

Receiver George Gbesee capped a second-consecutive 71-yard drive with a 14-yard run, giving the Patriots a 21-0 after Hayes Foster’s PAT.

“Early on, I thought we did a lot of good things offensively,” coach Thomas McDaniel said. “We mixed personnel groupings. We got the ball to a lot of different people.

“We’re starting to show that it’s not just about Fred and (Darryle) off-tackle. We’ve opened up our offense quite a bit and we’re pretty diverse I think.”

Foster added 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the Patriots’ scoring.

Brentwood quarterback Aaron Maher finished 26 of 37 passing for 224 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bruins. He also ran the ball 13 times for 34 yards.

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