Streaky, but electric.
That is the best way to describe how the Oak Grove Warriors looked in their 43-28 victory over Wayne County.
Oak Grove sprinted out of the gate scoring 15 points in less than four minutes with a pass from first-year starting quarterback Damon Stewart to Tavion Smith for a score. After a Wayne County fumble, senior running back Nick Milsap galloped to the endzone from 13-yards out to give Oak Grove a double-digit lead.
From that point on, it seemed both the offense and defense sputtered at times even though they never relinquished the lead. Head coach Drew Causey thought the same, though he was happy with the win.
"I'm very happy with our win. We've still got a lot to improve on. I thought our tackling was bad. Offensively we sputtered after we got it quick. It was self-inflicted with a penalty here or fumble there. There was an interception right before halftime. There are a lot of things we just need to clean up. Still, I'm happy walking away with a win."
The talk of the off-season has been who will replace former quarterback John Rhys Plumlee. Tonight that question was likely answered as Stewart received the nod to start. The senior quarterback had a solid night, scoring two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
"I thought he [Stewart] played well. This is probably the biggest environment he's played in. The first time starting at this place and I thought he did a great job. I'm proud of him. There's a lot of things we can build off of and a lot of things we have to fix. He's always looking to make a play. Especially with his feet, getting out of the pocket when protection breaks down," said Causey.
Causey also spoke well of his senior running back Milsap and the offensive line who he challenged to step up to the plate late in the fourth quarter as the game became close.
"I keep saying it but I'm so proud of him. He was great all night. I'm proud of the offensive line in that situation. I challenged them. It was 36-28 and I told them we were going to win or lose this game based on what you do this drive. They took that challenge and marched down the field giving Nick some holes to work through. He ran the ball hard tonight and that's what he gives us every game. He's a great running back."
Setting the tone early, Oak Grove scored 15 points in less than four minutes to start the game. Wayne County fought and scrapped the rest of the evening, but the early onslaught was too much.
Player of the Game:
Milsap's two touchdown runs along with his energizing rushes throughout the night seemed to feed his teammates and the crowd.
Quote of the Night:
"Those guys got a gut-check at the end. We got the ball with seven minutes to go and I told them to run seven off the clock and let's go home. They ran five off and we scored a touchdown."
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