Oscar Smith RB Devante Cooper bursts through the line (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
After a hotly anticipated game against Deep Creek, Oscar Smith must finish
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The next two games are the final kick for Oscar Smith, using a long-distance runners’ term.
While this Spring season really has been more of a sprint, this is no time to lose focus. Oscar Smith showed they were ready against Deep Creek last Saturday. Both teams came into the game undefeated, but it was Smith that rolled to a first-half lead then turned on the jets in the second half.
“We got out of rhythm after our first drive,” said Oscar Smith head coach Chris Scott. “We put together a great 12-play drive for a score. After that, we got out of rhythm a little bit, Ethan hesitated on trying to get the ball outside (and fumbled the ball away). They also did a great job holding onto the ball. Deep Creek is a no-huddle offense, but they used all of the play clock, which is smart in trying to keep our offense off the field.”
A 14-0 halftime lead ballooned into a 35-0 lead before the end of the third quarter, and Smith scored another 16 points under a running clock to close out a 51-0 win that included several touchdowns by the defense and special teams unit. It was an all-around win for the Tigers, despite a few miscues, including several scores that were called back on penalties.
Oscar Smith scored 51 points on 39 plays for the offense.
“It’s always going to be about those guys wanting to write their legacy for their team. The fact that they get a chance to be out there, even in a short season, they get a chance to write their chapter. That’s what they’re doing. From there, they’re taking the coaching. The mindset is they should be able to score, and they should be able to stop the other team, every time that (offensive or defensive) unit takes the field,” Scott explained. “We have a chance to a home run team, every single day, every single play.”
Oscar Smith travels to Grassfield (2-2) tonight before closing out the season against Indian River (2-2). Both games are neighborhood rivalry games, but the game against Indian River had some of the air let out of it when River started their season with two losses. In 2018, both teams came into that game 7-0 and Indian River came out with a 28-16 win, their first against the Tigers in over 20 years. Few members of the current Tiger team were on the squad that lost to Indian River last time, but they don’t want to see that happen.
As for Grassfield, that school opened in 2007, and the Tigers haven’t lost a game in 16 meetings, including the postseason.
– Andy Hilton