By Robert Chalupny
For the Call
Despite some good opportunities to correct a slow start against Fox High School Friday night, the Oakville High varsity football team could not overcome the Warriors, falling 31-24.
The loss was the second straight defeat for the Tigers.
Oakville, 2-4, now sits in third place in the Suburban West Conference. Fox holds first place with a 4-2 record.
The Tigers gave up 14 points in the first quarter before giving a solid performance in the second quarter. Oakville scored 16 points in the second quarter, but Fox plotted 10 more, giving the Warriors a 21-16 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Fox struck first with a quick field goal.
Then Oakville’s Gerrelle Golden snagged his second touchdown of the night on an 81-yard reception from quarterback Jordan Jost.
But the Tigers fumbled and the Warriors carried one more in during the third quarter, which put the Tigers away for the evening.
Oakville head coach Arlee Conners told the Call it was a game of missed opportunities for his players.
“We had multiple opportunities to win that game and we didn’t make plays. And they made plays, and it’s unfortunate,” he said. “We put the ball on the 1-yard line with first and goal and we couldn’t get in … That’s a telltale sign when you can’t score on an opportunity like that late in the ball game.
“We could have won that game, but just didn’t come through,” the Oakville coach added.
The Tigers will try to redeem themselves when they face 3-3 Parkway North at 7 p.m. today — Thursday, Sept. 28 — at home, 5557 Milburn Road.
The Tigers’ plan of attack is pretty basic, according to Conners.
“We have to eliminate penalties and turnovers on offense. And we have to make tackles on defense,” he said.
Parkway North has a high-powered offense that is averaging almost 40 points per game. Oakville will have to defend against that and get its own offense rolling.
But North is coming off its second straight loss.
The Vikings fell against undefeated Ritenour in a high-scoring 56-49 battle Friday night.