MURFREESBORO — Big plays led to big scores and a shutout for Oakland on Friday night.
The Patriots saw six different players score in a 48-0 win against Coffee County to remain perfect in Region 6-2A play
Oakland (4-1, 3-0 Region 6-2A) ran 27 offensive plays in the first half and posted gains of 10-plus yards on 10 of those plays en route to a 35-0 lead at intermission and a running clock for the second half.
Adding three more such plays in the second half, the Patriots outgained the Red Raiders (2-4, 0-3) 411-116.
“This happens by film. Coaches do a great job of breaking down the film and letting us see where the openings are, and great play calling,” said Lazarius Patterson, who had three of the 13 big plays, including touchdown runs of 15 and 49 yards. “It’s a confidence booster. We just got done playing Blackman and we didn’t have that many big plays — we made enough to win — and hopefully we can keep making big plays the rest of the season.”
Jarod Parker’s 66-yard touchdown run on the third play of the second series was the first of the big plays for Oakland, and the first of the quick scoring strikes.
Brendon Matthews found a wide-open Jacoby Stevens for a 55-yard TD pass on a two-play drive. Patterson scored on back-to-back drives that combined for five plays.
Matthews found Kaleb Oliver just before halftime for a 12-yard scoring pass — on the heels of his second 35-plus yard pass of the game to Mark Pruitt — for a two-play drive.
Coffee County opened the second half with its third turnover of the game, and for the third time Oakland capitalized. A 26-yard run by Patterson set up Kendrick Johnson’s 4-yard score on the fifth play of the half, and Zarius Gamble added a 2-yard TD to cap the scoring.
Defensively, Oakland surrendered just three first downs — the first with 11:06 remaining in the second quarter and the second with 11:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. Along the way, the Patriots allowed the Red Raiders to convert just three of their 12 third-down attempts.
“This is a real big game, especially following a game against a real tough (Blackman) team, but we came out here and did what we needed to do,” junior Chris Onwumere said. “It starts with the defense. ‘No D. No W — that’s our saying around here.”