Football Tigers tackle Northwest in 42-6 victory, now boast 8-0 record

Oakville travels Friday to Mehlville for showdown with Panthers


Despite being 8-0 overall with a 5-0 mark in Suburban West Conference play, the Oakville Senior High School football team knows the final three games of the season count the most.

Oakville’s final three games of the season are a part of the Class 6, District 1 playoffs, and the Tigers slapped Northwest with a 42-6 setback Friday night.

“Going into the district playoffs, we wanted to fine tune some things and get off to a good start,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners told the Call. “We actually got off to a slow start, and I think the guys were looking past Northwest. But we figured out what we needed to do to get things going.”

The Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead when running back Fred Walton pounded in a one-yard touchdown run with 8:58 left in the first quarter. The senior tail back racked up 205 yards rushing on 26 carries and recorded a whopping four touchdowns.

“Fred’s a guy that just works, works and works,” Conners said. “A lot of credit though goes to the guys up front and our fullback James Jones.”

Walton scored again with 7:51 left in the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run to give Oakville a 14-0 lead after place kicker Jeff Rongey’s extra-point attempt.

Oakville’s offense began to pick up momentum in the second half when Jamyron Norman scored on a 17-yard touchdown run with 9:51 left in the third quarter.

The senior running back carried the ball three times for 21 yards and the one touchdown.

“We’re trying to get Jamyron more and more involved,” Conners said. “The good thing about him is that he makes the best of his opportunities.”

Walton’s third touchdown of the game came with 3:19 left in the third quarter when he scored on a one-yard touchdown run. Walton then scored on a two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 28-0 lead.

Northwest finally jumped onto the scoreboard midway through the fourth quarter when Sean Conley hauled in an eight-yard touchdown pass from Nick Fisher with 8:44 left in the game.

But the Tigers responded immediately when Walton scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a one-yard run with 6:09 left.

Oakville’s Quran Greene finished the evening late in the fourth quarter on a two-yard touchdown run with 4:18 remaining.

The senior running back racked up 34 yards rushing on two carries and scored his first touchdown of the season.

“It was good to see Quran get into the end zone,” Conners said. “He’s another guy that makes the most of his opportunities when he’s out on the field.”

Chris Dillard led the Oakville defense with six tackles and two sacks against Northwest. The senior defensive tackle has 28 tackles and four sacks this season.

“Chris dominated play on the defensive line,” Conners said. “He demands other teams to put more than one blocker on him.”

The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Mehlville (5-3, 4-1 Suburban West) for a District 1 showdown with the Panthers.

The Panthers are coming off a 35-7 win over Fox and have won five of their last seven games.

“We know that in order to get where we went last year, we have to go through Mehlville,” Conners said. “This should be a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”