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Football Tigers steamroll Northwest 48-6

Oakville to meet Lafayette Friday night

The Oakville Senior High School varsity football team steamrolled the Northwest-Cedar Hill Lions 48-6 Friday night for the Tigers’ second victory of the season.

After the 2014 campaign began with three losses, Oakville head coach Arlee Conners told the Call he was encouraged by his players’ performance in their second consecutive victory.

“I think we pretty well excecuted like we wanted to,” he said. “We had hoped to do better at that this week … Northwest is not the toughest team we are going to play, but I thought we executed (well) when we had to in the right situation …

“… We only punted one time all night, so that was pretty encouraging.”

Even though history and the score would indicate a mismatch, the Tigers made some development strides, according to Conners.

“… One of the things, we were having guys going in the wrong direction, you know, turnovers, penalties. I thought we did a better a job at having guys executing properly, going in the right direction, protecting the football and then also not taking dumb penalties,” he said.

A game in which the score is so lopsided like it was against Northwest is a huge confidence booster for all the players, especially when looking at the first half of the season collectively. But the one player who may have got the most out of it was Oakville quarterback Carvon Robinson, who missed the first game and a half of the season.

Robinson, who is playing his first season as quarterback, started to show what he was capable of the week before in a 21-14 victory over Fox, but the offensive production Oakville fans saw last week was intangible for his progression.

“I think it was good for him to come out and build a level of confidence while he was playing,” Conners said. “This was pretty much his third game back, and I thought he looked a lot more comfortable this game than he had in any of the other games. I think it’s just going to take a little longer and I think it will give him confidence going forward.”

All the hard work the Tigers have put in this season is beginning to pay off, according to Conners. The Oakville coach said the onslaught of offense was exactly what the team needed heading into the second half of the season, and he praised his defense as well.

“Defense did a good job of forcing them to punt and stopping them when they had to, and the offense pretty much did a better job, he said. “That’s one thing we’ve been missing all year is offensive production. I think our defense has played strong, but offensively it’s just been kind of inconsistent.”

The Tigers will go helmet to helmet with Lafayette Friday night, a team that has struggled this season early, but has beat the Tigers regularly in past seasons.

“They are a tough team — a team that we’ve had a lot of trouble with in the past (and) a team that’s been hard to beat, but we think if we go out and execute like we are capable of that’s good enough,” Conners said. “It’s not really about who we are playing, it’s about what we do. So we feel good about what we can do. It’s another opportunity to play against another good opponent.”

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