Ocean Lakes QB Xander Jedlick celebrates with the team (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Ocean Lakes was relentless on defense in a win over the Tigers
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
A fumble recovery by linebacker Malcolm Britt led to great field position and a first quarter touchdown on a 5-yard run by Joe Bray. That was the best field position for the Tigers all night and their only touchdown.Quarterback Cam’ron Kelly was under pressure all night and the Dolphins cut off any running lanes for Tiger tailbacks. Ocean Lakes demonstrated the speed and discipline to protect the edge and they didn’t give Kelly enough time to get off accurate throws. Kelly was sacked six times on the night.
Ocean Lakes defensive back Jacari Holloway picked off three passes. The Tigers stayed away from Tayvion Land, who had an interception of his own. Add in a Aaron Acevedo fumble in the red zone, and it just wasn’t Oscar Smith’s night.
While the Tigers scored first, Ocean Lakes controlled the game the rest of the night, hardly letting Oscar Smith cross mid-field.
Jedlick got the first score on a three-yard run after a shanked punt was returned by Shawn Hamilton. The Dolphins scored again in the second quarter when Jedlick overthrew his receiver but Tank Land nabbed the errant pass and advanced the ball 41 yards for a touchdown.
The 14-7 halftime lead would have been tenuous if Oscar Smith could have mustered a second half threat.
Instead, Ocean Lakes kept the Tigers off balance and broke through with an insurance score with 6:44 left in the game. Jedlick hit Hamilton with a screen pass and Hamilton advanced the ball 32 yards for a touchdown, blasting through two Smith defenders in the process.
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The two score lead was plenty for Ocean Lakes. They kept Oscar Smith at bay and walked away with a 21-7 win.
“We played our butts off tonight. My hat’s off to Oscar Smith. They’ve been the reigning regional champs for three years in a row. We got it back to Ocean Lakes now,” said Coach Joe Jones after the victory.
Xander Jedlick was the key to the Dolphins offense, scoring on a touchdown run and tossing two touchdown passes.
“This feels great. It’s what we’ve been waiting for. We’ve been waiting for this all season, this moment right here,” said Jedlick.
“I coached in the Southeastern District and faced these guys eight years in a row,” Jones stated. “We came close (to beating Oscar Smith) one time in double overtime, and couldn’t get over the hump. Last year we came out here with a team that was inexperienced in the playoffs. We felt a whole lot better coming into this one.”
The Dolphins move on to host Region 6B Champion Manchester (13-0) next week, very likely at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
FINAL: Ocean Lakes 21, Oscar Smith 7
– Andy Hilton