Like a bad song that keeps playing over and over, the Oakville Senior High School football team’s woes continued Friday night in a 31-22 loss at home to Parkway South.
“We got off to a bad start and that pretty much got our heads down,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners said. “Our guys are still working on bouncing back.”
Parkway South jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a missed field-goal attempt by Ben Hoffmann that resulted in a 66-yard return by Alphonso Scott.
“We drove down the field, stalled and went for the field goal,” Conners said. “Instead of getting points, you get points against you.”
Parkway South increased its lead to 14-0 with a four-yard run by Kevon McGrew with 6:07 left in the second quarter.
Scott Sommerfeld nailed a 22-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half to give Parkway South a 17-0 lead at halftime.
With 4:07 remaining in the third quarter, Parkway South’s Javon Coleman caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Sommerfeld with 4:07 to play in the quarter.
Oakville finally responded to the Patriots’ 24-0 lead with a five-yard touchdown pass by Joe Plassmeyer to Mike Cyliax with 11:18 left in the fourth quarter.
Plassmeyer connected with Tony Pucci on the two-point conversion to trim Parkway South’s lead to 24-8. He completed 11 of 25 for 183 yards and three touchdowns while Cyliax caught three passes for 39 yards and the one touchdown.
“It was an up-and-down night for Joe. To his credit and the rest of the team, they kept fighting and made some plays,” Conners said. “Mike started out the season as a fullback, but we also knew that he had good hands. He’s been one of our bright spots this season at tight end.”
Parkway South scored its fourth touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Sommerfeld to Kevin Wallace with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter.
Oakville trimmed the Patriots’ lead to 31-14 when Plassmeyer hit Mike DeGuire on a 30-yard pass. Plassmeyer hit DeGuire again for a two-point conversion to slice Parkway South’s lead to 31-16. DeGuire recorded two receptions for 47 yards,
“Mike’s been solid for us all year long,” Conners said. “He plays cornerback and wide receiver and gives you everything he’s got in every game.”
The Tigers scored their third touchdown in just more than 11 minutes of play when Plassmeyer connected with Pucci on a 13-yard pass with no time left on the clock. Pucci had three catches for 68 yards.
The Tigers return to play at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Kirkwood (1-3, 1-3 Suburban West) for a conference showdown with the Pioneers.