Football Tigers fall to Marquette 10-9

Oakville will face Parkway North Friday

By Robert Chalupny

Frustration described the feeling of fans, players and coaches as the Oakville Senior High School football team fell in its first contest of the season by a mere point.

Marquette prevailed over the Tigers 10-9 Friday night.

Oakville head coach Arlee Conners was disappointed with the outcome and cited little things that made the difference.

“We made too many mistakes and not enough execution,” he said. “I was just disappointed with our execution as far as blowing assignments.”

Marquette took the lead in the first quarter with a touchdown and Oakville answered in the second quarter, which kept the teams deadlocked until Marquette squeezed in a field goal in the third.

Oakville scored a a safety in the fourth, but could not capitalize on any other scoring opportunities.

Quarterback Andy Oliver completed 7 0f 18 passes on the night with one interception for a total of 94 yards. He also tallied 74 yards rushing.

“He played pretty solid for the most part,” Conners said of Oliver.

Oakville’s Moe LaGrand had the most offense in the contest with 84 yards rushing.

Oakville’s defense had a pretty solid game, keeping the Mustangs to only 10 points.

“They kept us close,” Conners said of the defense.

He also cited some positives about the offense.

“I though some of the positives were that we showed we could move the ball,” the Oakville coach said. “I thought that on defense we showed that we could stop the run really good.

“I think on defense we just have to do a better job at hitting the right positions as far as pass coverage and on offense we need to do a better job of executing our assignments.”

Conners said the Tigers would focus on doing the little things right this week as they prepare to take on a very tough Parkway North team Friday night at Parkway.

“We’ve just got to get better about doing things right and not doing things to beat ourselves … I think we did that a lot in this game.”