Tigers rush through Parkway South in first game of district playoffs


Davin Smith

Jake Cracchiolo (12) rushing down the fields leading the Tigers to their first playoff win since 2014.

The Tigers wasted no time letting out a season of frustration as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the opening kickoff, with Parkway South fumbling the ball and Kobe Foster (10) picking it up at taking it to the house. 

This helped the tigers jump to a 27-0 lead on their way to a 34-26 victory, giving them the opportunity to play at Eureka on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. for the semifinals in the Class 5 District 2 playoffs. Eureka is the first seed in the bracket with a record of 8-1.

After Foster’s touchdown, Jake Cracchiolo (12) scored on a 20-yard run, Jacobi Woods (11) caught a touchdown pass from Hunter Iffland (12), and Joey Rounds (11) caught a toe tapper on a pass from Foster.

Cracchiolo would end up scoring two times. The second touchdown was on the ground from 3-yards out with 8:12 to go in the third quarter.

“It felt good to make an impact on a game and get a win out of it too,” Cracchiolo said, “because sometimes we do good stuff and end up not winning…”

The second half of the game was a bit shaky for the Tigers. They gave the Patriots the last 18 points of the game, but the tigers still ended with the win.

The Tigers ended a seven game losing streak, and this win is the first at home in two years. Their last win at OHS was on Oct. 10 2017 with a 28-7 score over the Seckman Jaguars. It was also their first playoff win since a 31-19 victory over Parkway South in 2014.

OHS head coach Arlee Conners said, “I am happy the seniors got to win one last game on this field.