Tigers whip Seckman

By STEPHEN GLOVER

With a 52-29 win at home over Seckman Friday night, the Oakville Senior High School football team cemented its spot in the Missouri Class 6 playoffs as a representative of the District 1 playoffs.

Despite the lopsided win, Oakville head coach Arlee Conners thought that his team was “sleepwalking” in the first half.

“We came out flat,” Conners said. “I thought that our guys were just not executing their assignments like they were supposed to.”

The Tigers (6-3, 4-3 Suburban West) took a 7-0 lead when Darnell Cooper grinded in a 2-yard run with 9:46 left in the first quarter. Cooper carried the ball 9 times for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Seckman (4-5, 3-3 Jefferson County) immediately bounced back with a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Tramel to Alek Ferbet to tie the game 7-7.

Oakville took a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Andrew Messmer — his third this year.

Seckman grabbed a 14-10 lead nearly a minute later when Tramel hit Ferbet for a 46-yard pass. Tramel had five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers went into halftime with a 17-14 lead on a 4-yard run by Darrion Moore with 41 seconds left in the first half. He had 20 carries for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Oakville exploded into the second half when Javon Henderson reeled off an 87-yard touchdown run.

“Coming out of the locker room, it was time for us to wake up,” Conners said. “That touchdown really set the tempo and Javon’s a good player that’s going to be even better in the future.”

The Tigers attacked the Jaguar defense again early in the third quarter when quarterback Joe Plassmeyer hit Paul Taylor for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Taylor recorded three receptions for 71 yards while also racking up 12 tackles and three sacks on defense.

“Paul was all over the field Friday night,” Conners said. “You name it and he did it for us on both sides of the ball.”

Cooper gave the Tigers a 35-14 lead on a 17-yard run with 1:07 left in the third quarter. But Seckman trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 45-21 with a 79-yard touchdown pass from Tramel to Travis Cardona. The Jaguars scored again in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Tyler Fisher to bring the score to 45-29.

Oakville’s final touchdown of the game came with 4:03 left in the fourth quarter when Plassmeyer hit Melber for a 32-yard pass to give the Tigers a 52-29 lead and the eventual win. Melber recorded two receptions for 46 yards. Plassmeyer finished the evening with 8 of 19 passes completed for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Fox (8-1, 6-0 Jefferson County), which is coming off a 14-13 win at Northwest.