District play brings new hope for football

District play brings new hope for football

Julie Kernan

On the Go: Brett Carrigan (12) catches and begins returning a kickoff in last Friday’s 39-24 loss to the Lafayette Lancers.

Even though the Tigers have only won one game out of their first seven, they could still make the playoffs.

In Districts starting this week, the Tigers will face Fox, Northwest and Eureka. Eureka is the favorite for districts with a record of 6-1.

“We are in one of the weaker districts,” head coach Arlee Conners said. “Three of the teams have one combined win. It will be a fight for that second spot.”

The Tigers have been struggling this season with a record of 1-6 (as of Oct. 12) but showed many improvements in last Friday’s game against Lafayette. Going into the second half, the Tigers were winning 21-19. In the first quarter, OHS shut out the Lancers while putting up seven points on a one-yard youchdown run by running back Darrion Moore (12). The Tigers looked to be in good shape going into the second half.

“We thought we moved the ball well,” Conners said. “We got first downs and gave ourselves good field position.”

In the second half, the Tigers could only score three points on a field goal. Lafayette took advantage of special teams mistakes and scored 20 points to take the lead and win the game.

“We had a ball snapped over the punter’s head, a punt whiffed and a punt blocked,” Conners said. “Put those together, we gave away three touchdowns, which makes it hard to win.”

The Tigers will host Fox to begin districts this Friday, Oct. 15 at 7p.m.

“It’s just going to come down to us buckling down and playing with discipline,” Conners said. “We need to will our way to win instead of willing our way to lose.”