SMYRNA – Keianthony Conner’s final dress rehearsal before the start of the 2015 high school football season was an impressive one Friday night.
The La Vergne sophomore quarterback hit O’Shea Benjamin twice with deep passes, the second a 32-yard touchdown pass in the Wolverines’ 6-0 win over Oakland Friday night at Stewarts Creek.
“I believe in O’Shea,” said Conner, a first-year starter for the Wolverines. “I just threw it up to him, and he went up and made a play.”
And that was enough on this evening when both coaches said they chose to keep the play calling conservative prior to next week’s season openers.
La Vergne hosts Smyrna Friday in its opener. The Patriots host Hoover, Alabama, in the inaugural Middle Tennessee Football Classic presented by Venture Express.
Oakland coach Kevin Creasy continued his preseason trend of swapping quarterbacks every other snap. Independence transfer Brendan Matthews took the first snap of the game, followed by junior Cody Miller. Creasy has said he will play both quarterbacks against Hoover.
The two quarterbacks combined to not complete a pass against the Wolverines, going 0-of-5 passing. Oakland had 74 yards on the ground in two quarters.
Three personal fouls cost the Patriots during the course of the night.
“We were at times executing well, but at times we were our own worst enemy,” said Creasy, who replaced Thomas McDaniel in the offseason after McDaniel went to Christian Brothers.
Creasy won three state titles at Trousdale County. “We’ve worked on penalties.
“We think penalties are either a conditioning issue, or a character issue. We’ve done our best to get these guys doing right and done our best to get these guys in shape. Obviously we need to do more.”
Senior Nick Jones finished with 59 yards on eight carries to lead the Wolverines’ ground game. Benjamin had two catches for 67 yards.
“I’m thankful and feel fortunate that we came out on top on the scoreboard,” La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens said. “But I thought we made too many mistakes.”
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