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Football Tigers roll over Marquette in 47-14 win

A 23-point outburst in the second quarter was a breath of fresh air for the Oakville Senior High football team in a 47-14 victory over Marquette Friday night.

The victory for Oakville (2-3, 1-1 Suburban West) was the Tigers’ first conference win of the season, moving them out of a tie for last place in the league standings.

“We finally are starting to do things right,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners told the Call. We’re executing pass protection and I think it made a big difference because it allowed our receivers to get down field and make big plays.”

Marquette jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Dangelo Wood scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Adams with 8:23 left in the first quarter. But the Tigers tied the game 7-7 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Phil Schneider to senior wide receiver Justin Schoemehl.

“It was a big deal that Justin even played the game,” Conners said. “He was sick all day and came to school just to play in the game.”

Oakville took a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Chris Anthony. The junior running back carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards and one touchdown.

“Chris is another kid that continues to get better,” Conners said. “I think he’s figured things out and I think he’ll be a pretty good ballplayer when things are said and done.”

Schoemehl and Schneider connected again on a 31-yard touchdown pass with 5:14 remaining in the first half to give the Tigers a commanding 20-7 lead. Schneider completed four of 11 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

“Phil definitely stepped up,” Conners said. “He really led the team in a lot of ways.”

Oakville’s lead increased to 23-7 on a three-yard field goal by senior place kicker Jeff Rongey with 2:10 left in the first half.

“Jeff’s been up and down in the kicking department,” Conners said. “So it was good to see him make some kicks.”

The Tigers finished the first half with a two-yard touchdown run by Anthony for a 30-7 lead.

Oakville continued its attack throughout the third quarter as Rongey nailed a 27-yard field goal with 7:13 left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Schoemehl scored his third touchdown of the game on a 35-yard pass from senior quarterback Joe Plassmeyer with 11:54 remaining in the game.

Schoemehl finished the game with three receptions for 85 yards.

Marquette finally answered Oakville’s 40-point outburst with a one-yard touchdown run by Matt Warrick with 10:09 left in the game. But immediately after Warrick’s touchdown, Oakville’s Scott Reed torched the Marquette defense on a 95-yard kickoff return.

“We actually were anticipating an on-side kick, so we had our hands unit out there,” Conners said. “Scott got some big blocks from Schoemehl and Anthony on that play.”

The Tigers are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to Lafayette for a conference game with the (2-2, 2-2 Suburban West) Lancers, who are coming off a huge 33-17 win over Lindbergh.

“Lafayette is a very physical team and they want to run the ball over you, but I think that we’re tough enough for the job,” Conners said. ” They make it tough for you, but we’ve got to be man enough to stand up to them and not let them run you over.”

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