Oakland wins 41-0, puts playoff drought in past

Oakland wins 41-0, puts playoff drought in past

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Oakland wins 41-0, puts playoff drought in past

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While 10-0 was history making for Oakland this season, it meant nothing if it did not go 1-0 Friday night. The Patriots made it mean something.

Oakland followed up its first-ever undefeated regular season by posting its first playoff win since 2009 with a 41-0 victory over Wilson Central in a Class 6A first round game at Ray Hughes Stadium

Behind four Fred Wade touchdowns and a defense that allowed the Wildcats to cross the Patriot 40 just once, Oakland moves on to face rival Siegel in round two. The Stars were 54-14 winners at Antioch Friday.

“We knew we had to come out here and execute to get that first playoff win in four years. We didn’t want go home,” Wade said. “We had a perfect season. That’s in the past. We’ve got to worry about the future.”

Wade carried the ball 13 times for 209 yards, and posted touchdown runs of 73, 5 and 10 in the first half. His final carry was a 58-yard score in the third quarter for the Patriots’ fifth and final touchdown of the game.

“I’ve got to give it up to my line and my fullback, David Newman,” Wade said. “They kept taking them blows for me, and (running) got easier as the game went along.”

Oakland’s defense forced three straight three-and-out series to begin the game. Wade capitalized on all three with touchdowns.

Wilson Central was held to 108 yards of offense, shutout for just the second time in 12 games — both in the first round of the postseason — and no Wildcat had more on the ground than Kaleb Butler’s 16 yards on seven carries.

The Wildcats (6-5) did not record a first down until 7:22 was left in the second quarter. Oakland’s Curtis Gaines eventually stopped that drive with a tackle of Jordan Roundtree on fourth-and-8 at the Patriot 31 — the deepest Wilson Central got all night.

“We flew around, got to the ball, executed and did what we always do,” Gaines said of a Patriots team that kept an opponent at eight points or less for the eighth time this season. “This is a very big game for us to get past the first round. We just want to keep going.”

Two plays into the second half, Austin Barrett came out of the pile with a fumble recovery for Oakland, and Rhett Stacey needed just one play to find Kyle Oliver for a 19-yard score. After forcing their second turnover on downs in three series, the Patriots regained possession at their own 40. Three straight first downs set up another Stacey-to-Oliver score — this one from 23 yards.

“We had a big elephant in the room — that wasn’t really anything to do with this team — that it’s been three years in a row we’ve gotten beat in the first round,” Oakland coach Tommy McDaniel said. “This was big for our seniors. We talked all week about making sure we could continue to keep practicing.”

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