Oakville Tigers fall hard to Lafayette Lancers

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

The Oakville Senior High School football squad lost its second straight game on the road Friday night, falling hard as the Lafayette Lancers shut out the Tigers 50-0.

The 3-4 Tigers played the game in the absence of head coach Arlee Conners, who had to watch from behind the gates. Conners was suspended for one game after being ejected from the Sept. 30 De Smet game over a dispute with a referee in which Conners questioned some of the referee’s calls.

Oakville assistant coach Kevin Niedringhaus took the reins in Conners’ place, but the squad couldn’t piece together anything at all as a very good 6-1 Lafayette team dominated the game.

“They are definitely pretty good,” Conners told the Call. “Watching them on tape, I thought we had some things that we were doing that we could have done well. But it was out of my control tonight and unfortunately the guys weren’t able to get it done.”

The Lancers, whose only loss was to McCluer North, entered the game as the No. 1 team in the Suburban West Conference and did not have any problem getting it done.

Lafayette started the scoring with a touchdown by Deonte Robinson on a 3-yard run at 7:18 in the first quarter. He added another one with a 14-yard run at 4:40. Then Markuice Savage had a 62-yard punt return with just 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter, bringing the Lancers’ lead to 21-0.

The Lancers didn’t slow down at all in the second quarter with Robinson tallying his third touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run at 3:50. William DuPont brought in another touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Matthew Goro with 2:08 remaining in the half.

The Tigers, trailing by 35 at the half without their head coach, may have been hoping for some kind of a miracle when they returned to the field for the third quarter.

But Lafayette tallied another 15 points in the quarter. Gabe Kuhn capitalized on an interception and returned it for an 18-yard touchdown. Kevin Hampton added what would be the Lancers’ final score with a 7-yard run with 3:13 left in the quarter.

Oakville was able to stop the bleeding after that with a scoreless fourth quarter.

The Tigers are looking to mend things Friday night when Conners returns and they take on the Fox Warriors in the start of district play.

After the Fox game, the Tigers will return home to host Northwest and then Eureka for the final regular-season game.