Tyler Wilcox...and an unidentified teammate bring down Andrew Metcalf of Holden during Friday night's season opener. photo courtesy John Roberts, Holden Image
Panthers roll Holden 45-6 in season opener
Oak Grove used big play after big play to whip Holden 45-6 Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
The eighth-ranked Panthers got on the board early on an Austin Blackston-to-DaWaun Johnson 64-yard touchdown pass. Scott Jones kicked the PAT to make it 7-0. Later in the first Aaron Graham trotted 14 yards to pay dirt for his first score of the night. Jones' kick was true.
In the second quarter, Graham scored again from 33 yards out before Blackston hit Zach Hipsher for a 93-yard touchdown pass and catch. Jones booted both extra points to give the visitors a 28-0 halftime lead. In the third, Blackston and Hipsher connected again on a 56-yard touchdown.
Graham tacked on another score with his third touchdown run of the game from 50 yards out. Jones continued his perfect night by kicking both PATs in the third, then hitting a 23-yard field goal in the fourth to cap the scoring.
"It was great because we did things that we really needed to work on," commented head coach Pat Richard. "We needed to work on the passing game in a real game situation, and I thought Austin did awesome. He threw the ball exceptionally well and made good decisions. I was excited about the way Zach caught the ball, too, and turning them into touchdowns. He's a big-play guy. He had an unbelievable game, and it was his first time as a starter. He had a great game at receiver and then comes in on defense and has a great game on defense."
The big plays were inevitable, according to Richard. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers advance to tournament Gold Bracket
Oak Grove's softball season got under way Saturday at the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational. Despite splitting their two pool games, the Lady Panthers were able to win their pool and advance to the Gold Bracket based on runs allowed.
Oak Grove got off to a great start by planting a 13-1 win over Truman in a five-inning affair.
Allison Collier threw five innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out one.
She got plenty of support at the plate as Oak Grove recorded 15 base hits. Savannah Taylor led the way, going three-for-four with two triples, three RBIs and three runs scored. Callie Collier also finished three-for-four and scored twice. Samantha Minnick drove in two runs while collecting two hits. Emily Wilson went two-for-four in the win.
"I thought we hit the ball really well," said head coach Terry Parker, "and Allison pitched a great game. We scored nine runs in the third inning after making two outs. The girls were focused and played with a lot of heart and enthusiasm." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers fall in opener
Oak Grove volleyball team took to the road Monday to face O'Hara in the 2014 season opener. Lady Celtics scored the win 25-18, 25-12.
Sierra Smith led the attack with seven kills. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.