De Smet snaps Tigers’ winning streak

Football Tigers set to tackle Lafayette Lancers this week

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

The Oakville Senior High School football squad was hoping to keep its two-game winning streak alive Friday night, but couldn’t as the Tigers fell 35-21 to De Smet.

The biggest challenge for the Tigers was executing on offense as they had some missed opportunities, according to head coach Arlee Conners.

“I thought we had some opportunities and we didn’t make the most of them,” he told the Call. “We got inside the red zone, inside the five-yard line three times and came up empty. We ended up losing by two touchdowns, so you can always point to things like that.

“We knew what they were doing. We knew what we needed to do. We just didn’t execute when we needed to,” Conners added.

De Smet started the scoring with a touchdown at 2:18 in the first quarter. De Smet carried another one in with 8:55 remaining in the second quarter, putting the Tigers behind 14-0.

Oakville answered right back with a huge 75-yard run by Moe Lagrand with 8:04 on the clock. But the Tigers’ momentum was short lived as De Smet tallied another touchdown at 5:49 in the second quarter.

Isaac Dozier answered this time for the Tigers with a 40-yard run on a fumble recovery with 4:01 left in the half.

De Smet came out firing again, scoring another touchdown with 9:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Lagrand answered back with his second touchdown of the evening, but that ended the scoring for the Tigers as De Smet added one more unanswered touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Conners said he has confidence in his team’s ability to bounce back after Friday’s loss.

“We’ve just got to put that game behind us and then we will get back into conference play and get ready for district play,” he said. “So we’ve got enough to be motivated about and we know we still could have played a lot better tonight.

“Despite the outcome, we had opportunities we missed and we know we can get better. That’s what we’ll do.”

Conference play resumes Friday night for Oakville against a very tough Lafayette team.

The Lancers are 5-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play. The Tigers are 3-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference matchups.

Statistically, Lafayette has an ovewhelming edge in the matchup.

The two teams match up almost evenly offensively with Lafayette being fourth in the conference in points with 141. Oakville is fifth and shy just nine points with 132.

But the Lancers have the defensive edge as they have given up just 100 points for third in the conference in points against while Oakville is eighth in the conference having given up 146 points.