Dalton Brinegar...and the rest of the Oak Grove defense were in Jaden Barr's kitchen all night. Barr still managed to put up numbers, but his offense, which came into the contest averaging 47.2 points per game, only managed 14 points against Oak Grove's stellar defensive unit.
Home sweet DOME
Oak Grove's impressive playoff run continued Friday night when they handled the number two-ranked California Pintos at Panther Stadium in the Class 3 state semifinals.
Oak Grove's defense contained California's high-powered offense while the Panthers' rushing attack put up huge numbers once again thanks to the work of the offensive line.
The 49-14 final score put the Panthers in position to win its first football state title in its third try on Friday afternoon in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome.
Pintos won the toss and deferred to the second half. Panthers elected to receive and struck quickly. On the second snap from scrimmage, Aaron Graham took the ball from quarterback Austin Blackston, broke a couple of arm tackles and sprinted 76 yards to pay dirt. With Scott Jones' extra point, Oak Grove grabbed a 7-0 lead 51 seconds into the contest.
California appeared to be on the brink of tying the game when Walker Borghardt faked a reverse to Allan Burger on the ensuing kickoff and sprinted 98 yards down the far sideline for the touch. But a penalty flag for an illegal block negated the score and gave the Pintos the football at midfield.
With the ball on the paw, California quarterback Jaden Barr went to work, using his powerful right arm, his legs and his teammates in the backfield to move to the 15-yard line in seven plays. On second-and-12 at the 15, Barr was forced to scramble to his left then spotted Drew Norton open on the far side of the field in the end zone. The pass landed in Norton's arms, but Alex Huttinger was able to get his hands on Norton and the football, causing the pigskin to fall to the turf in a great defensive play on an island. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Austin Blackston...had big runs from the quarterback position. He finished the night with seven carries for 71 yards and one touchdown.
"The hero of the game"...was what Pat Richard, head coach, called Jake Harrenstien. "He had one carry a week ago early in the game and breaks his nose on that carry. He's got cotton up his nose all week. Looked like a boxer. And we didn't think he was going to play tonight. But he did and played great...made blocks and ran for over 100 yards." To be exact, Harrenstien ran for 117 yards and one touchdown on seven carries.
Sni Valley directors approve changes to three policies
Three changes in policy were approved November 17 at a meeting of the directors of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District.
A policy on insufficient funds check states that a $30 fee will be charged in addition to the amount of the check. Payment must be made in cash or money order.
Fees also were set for CPR classes. Attorneys and nonresidents requesting a copy of an ambulance report will be charged $15. Residents will not be charged for ambulance reports and there will be no charge for fire reports.
A policy was written on financial hardship determination to objectively evaluate the financial ability of patients to make payments for ambulance bills.
A form has been developed to assist in the process.
A change was made in the commendation/complaint process which requires the forms to be reviewed by a chief officer rather than the fire chief and inquiries received by any district board member shall be directed to a chief officer. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.