Tigers hammer Northwest 42-0 in first round of playoffs

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Oakville Senior High School football team hammered Northwest 42-0 Friday night at home in the first round of the Missouri Class 4, District 1 playoffs.

“I thought that we came out and took care of business and played like we were supposed to play,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners said. “You expect that when you go into a game like this. Everything can happen and our guys settled down and met the challenge.”

The Tigers (5-3, 4-3 Suburban West) were scoreless in the first quarter. But Darrion Moore gave Oakville a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard run with 11:30 left in the second quarter. Oakville then extended its lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard run by Darnell Cooper with 10:10 left in the second quarter.

“It was good to finally see Darnell get himself a touchdown,” Conners said. “He’s a quality player that we’re going to need to rely on.”

The Tigers scored their third touchdown of the second quarter when quarterback Joe Plassmeyer nailed Paul Taylor for a 3-yard pass. Plassmeyer completed 22 of 33 for 306 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against Northwest.

“Joe got off to a rocky start and it took him a couple of series to read the defense,” Conners said. “He just needed time to figure out what they were doing.”

Taylor recorded two receptions for 18 yards and one touchdown.

“Paul’s a guy that we’re trying to find more and more ways to get him the ball,” Conners said. “We just can’t get enough of him out there.”

The Tigers continued their air assault as Plassmeyer hit Mike Cyliax on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 10:27 remaining in the third quarter. Cyliax racked up 10 receptions for 153 yards.

“Mike had a huge night Friday night,” Conners said. “He was all over the field making plays.”

Plassmeyer scored again on a one-yard run with 5:29 left in the third quarter. The senior quarterback led Oakville with 7 carries for 21 yards.

Backup quarterback Phil Schneider had his own touchdown on a 3-yard run with 11:29 left in the fourth quarter. As a linebacker, Schneider is third on the team with 57 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

“Phil’s one of the leaders on our team and has been doing things on defense that he’s not always accustomed to,” Conners said. “But the thing about Phil is that he always goes out there and gets it done.”

The Tigers return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Seckman (4-4, 3-3 Jefferson County), which fell 51-21 to Fox last Friday.

“Seckman is a lot similar to Northwest,” Conners said. “They have a good running back who’s run for over 1,800 yards, so I think that they’re going to give our team a big-time challenge.”