Lafayette shuts down Oakville Tigers 27-0


Friday’s 27-0 loss at Lafayette easily could go down as one of the most frustrating games in Arlee Conners’ three-year tenure as head coach of the Oakville Senior High School football team.

The only other time that the Tigers have gone scoreless under Conners’ guidance was a 14-0 loss to Kirkwood in 2005. Kirk-wood went on to the semifinal game of the Missouri Class 6 championships that year.

“It was pretty disappointing,” Conners said about the Tigers’ loss to Lafayette. “We had good opportunities and got into the end zone three or four times, but our pass protection was just not as good as it could have been.”

Oakville’s lack of pass protection was quite evident as the Tigers gave up a total of seven sacks to the Lancers.

“Offensively, we had poor execution for the most part,” Conners told the Call. “Our defense battled with them, but offensively we just didn’t do enough.”

The Tigers’ lone bright spot of the game was junior running back Chris Anthony’s 61 yards rushing on 15 carries. Anthony also had one reception for 12 yards.

“We had times where Chris had to really grind out some yards,” Conners said. “There were times where he was having to fight for just two to three yards.”

The Tigers (2-4, 1-2 Suburban West) are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Parkway South (3-3, 1-2 Suburban West) at 7 p.m. Parkway South is coming off a tough 29-22 loss at home to Lindbergh. Antwon Robinson of the Flyers racked up 114 yards rushing against the Parkway South’s defense.

“Right now, we need to come out and establish some kind of identity,” Conners said. “Offensively, we’re just all over the field and the defense is playing hard, but they’re out there too long and just break down. All of this is based on us having proper execution on offense.”