OAK HILL, Ohio — The Oak Hill Oaks scored early and often while coasting to a 42-8 win over Meigs Saturday night at Davis Stadium in Jackson County.
The Oaks advance to the second round of the Division V, Region 19 playoffs and travel to West Lafayette Ridgewood on Saturday.
Oak Hill went into the contest with a 2-4 mark, but proved to be much better than the record showed as the hosts controlled from start to finish. Three of the Oaks losses have come to the top teams in the state in St. Clairsville, Wheelersburg and Waverly.
The Oaks received the opening kickoff and quickly went to work driving 52 yards in four plays with Brandon Beam going the final the final 15 yards. Brock Harden added the extra points and the host had a quick 7-0 lead just 1:12 into the contest.
After a four and out, the Oaks went right back to work driving 63 yards in five plays with Connor Dickens going the final 37 yards to increase the lead to 14-0.
Three plays later, Oak Hill found pay dirt again when Beam intercepted a Wyatt Hoover pass and returned it 21 yards for the score. The Oaks made it a 28-0 lead when Beam pulled in a 16 yard scoring pass from Darrick Boggs on the final play of the first period.
Just a 1:20 into the second period, Oak Hill increased the lead when Dickens scooped up a backwards pass and went 41 yards for the score. Dickens added an eight yard run with 3:04 left in the half to give the Oaks a 42-0 at the half.
The second half was played with a running clock due to the OHSAA rules in a 30 point contest.
Meigs scored its only touchdown of the night when Oaks quarterback A.J. Harrison fumbled after being hit hard by the Marauder defense. Hoover picked the loose ball and took it 87 yards for the score.
Morgan Roberts scored the extra point on a shovel pass from Hoover for the extra points to make the final score 42-8.
The Marauder rushing attack was nonexistent due to falling behind so early. Hoover had six carried for minus one yards, Roberts carried once for no yardage. Hoover was 9-of-19 in the air for 90 yards, freshman Dillon Howard caught four passes for 49 yards, and classmate Griffin Cleland added three for 47.
Dickens led the Oaks with 57 yards in six carries, Beam added 55 in six tries to lead Oak Hill. Darrick Boggs was three of four in the air for 53 yards, Braylon Howell caught one pass for 27, Beam one for 17 and Aiden Hall one for nine.
Meigs will travel to Racine on the Oct. 23 to play Southern in a rare contest between the two neighboring schools. Meigs will take Miller’s place on the Southern schedule as the Falcons opted out of the contest.
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Dave Harris is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.