Tigers pound Marquette; now boast record of 3-1

Oakville's Javier Duren intercepts a pass from Marquette quarterback Sean Ullrich, but then fumbles the ball in the Tigers’ 28-7 win at home Friday night. Stephen Glover photo

Oakville’s Javier Duren intercepts a pass from Marquette quarterback Sean Ullrich, but then fumbles the ball in the Tigers’ 28-7 win at home Friday night. Stephen Glover photo

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After suffering a disappointing 17-6 loss to the Lindbergh Flyers Sept. 11, the Oakville Senior High School football team bounced back with 28-7 pounding of Marquette Friday night at home.

“I thought that we did some good things,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners said. “We were sustaining our drives and I thought we played pretty solid for the most part.”

Oakville (3-1, 2-1 Suburban West) jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Paul Taylor grinded in a two-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the first quarter. Taylor carried the ball four times for six yards against the Mustangs (0-4, 0-3 Suburban West).

“That has been a play that we’ve scored on almost 90 percent of the time,” Conners said. “It’s been a good play for us and Paul is such a good runner that he was able to benefit from the run.”

Starting quarterback Joe Plassmeyer gave Oakville a 14-0 lead late on a one-yard run with 1:12 left in the first half. He carried the ball six times for two yards while also completing 12 of 24 passes for 228 yards and one interception.

Plassmeyer scored again on a one-yard run with two seconds to play in the first half to give Oakville a commanding 21-0 lead at halftime.

“I thought Joe did a lot better this week,” Conners said. “I thought that he had his reads a lot better and really battled all night long.”

The Tigers extended their lead to 28-0 on a blocked punt that allowed Kody Kolb to recover the ball in the Marquette end zone for the defensive touchdown.

“We actually missed a couple of blocked punts earlier in the game,” Conners said. “So we switched up a couple of people and he was able to get his big paws on the ball for the touchdown.”

Marquette finally responded to the Tigers’ 28 straight points when Rob Ksiazek scored on a one-yard run with 18 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Tigers return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Parkway South (3-1, 2-1 Suburban West), which is coming off an impressive 37-14 win Friday night at Mehlville when the Patriots held a commanding 34-0 lead at halftime.

“Parkway South’s a scrappy bunch and they’re one of the fastest teams in the league as well,” Conners said. “What we’ll have to do is use our physical strength against their speed in order to win the ball game.”