Ocean Lakes QB Josh Brown with a touchdown toss (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
It took time for Ocean Lakes to push past Kellam on Wednesday
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Kellam and Ocean Lakes went toe-to-toe on Wednesday night, and if Kellam could have gotten their offense going, the outcome might have been different.
Ocean Lakes scored first, but the touchdown was called back on a penalty. Two plays later, Kellam took advantage of another Dolphin error.
Quarterback Josh Brown mishandled a snap at his feet, then compounded the problem by kicking the ball as he reached down to grab it. Defensive end Lane Wilder scooped up the ball and raced 85 yards downfield to put the Knights on the board. That was all the scoring Kellam would get on the night.
Ocean Lakes tied the game at 9:18 in the second quarter on a Kai Hodge 7-yard touchdown run. As time wound down in the first half, Ocean Lakes took the lead on a desperation heave by Josh Brown that Logan Istre hauled in for a 27-yard touchdown. The Dolphins led 13-7 at halftime.
The second half was all Ocean Lakes. Kellam was trapped deep in their own territory on their first possession of the third quarter. A short punt turned into a two-play drive for Ocean Lakes capped by a 3-yard touchdown run. From there, the Dolphins continued to stifle Kellam and Ocean Lakes put points on the board when the opportunities arose.
“This is kind of our M.O. We have to be a tough, gritty, physical team. I challenged them at halftime to come out and take control of the game. We moved the ball up and down the field, but we just hurt ourselves. We gotta get better. We played a much better second half,” Coach Joe Jones said after the win.
The Dolphins will have nine days to prepare for their next game against Landstown (1-1). The Eagles whitewashed Tallwood on Wednesday night, but they were shut out themselves in the season opener.
Can Ocean Lakes (2-0) continue their winning ways? Only two games into the season we have Ocean Lakes and Salem as the only undefeated teams. The District title could be up for grabs this season, or the Sun Devils and Dolphins could navigate their way to an October 18 showdown where both teams would come in with a 7-0 record. There’s a lot of football to be played between now and then.
– Andy Hilton