Oak Hall Eagles Finish Perfect Regular Season Against Chargers, 42-8

After a nail-biting affair on the road against All Saints’ Academy to secure the top seed in the postseason, the Oak Hall Eagles (6-0) returned home for their final regular-season contest of the year. Awaiting them was the Shorecrest Prep Chargers (2-3), headlined by quarterbacks sophomore Drew Bunn and senior Max Stover. Despite a sloppy first half, the Eagles managed to stay afloat and put an exclamation mark on this regular season, winning 42-8.

Early Mistakes

On the opening drive of the game, senior quarterback Andrew Pickens broke free for a long run that ended with him fumbling the ball inside the ten-yard line to give the Chargers possession. This play would prove to be a foreshadow of the ball-handling errors that would plague the team in this game.

“We were flat,” Oak Hall Head Coach RJ Fuhr said. “It was kind of a trap game. We had a game last week that was for the number one seed at All Saints. I worried about that and I even told the team, ‘This team is not bad.'”

“We came out slow. We can’t have games like these in the playoffs.”- Sophomore Jalen Scott

Despite the mishaps, including more fumbles by Pickens and junior Carter Coleman, the team still found ways to score; a Pickens touchdown pass to sophomore Dylan Provencher and a rushing touchdown for the senior quarterback gave the Eagles a comfortable lead over the Chargers. Later in the second quarter, Shorecrest made their fair share of errors as well, giving up a fumble inside their own 20-yard line. The Eagles were quick to capitalize on the turnover, with Pickens scoring another rushing touchdown to make the game 28-0.

“We just got all of the guys together and said, ‘We can’t lay an egg here tonight,'” Pickens said. “We gotta finish off the season strong, and after that, I feel like we tightened up really well and played a really, really good second half.”

Icing the Game

Late in the second quarter, the Chargers scored on a deep ball from Bunn and a two-point conversion to make the game 28-8. After a back-and-forth third quarter that lacked any scoring plays, Shorecrest got to the Eagles’ goal line with a chance to get right back into the game with a touchdown early in the final quarter. However, sophomore Jalen Scott rose to the moment and got an interception to halt the drive and get the ball back to Oak Hall.

“I kinda just started feeling it,” Scott said. “Our offense did their job, we started picking up blocks, and I got the interception. It’s just about doing our jobs.”

Two more touchdowns came in the second half , courtesy of a Coleman rushing touchdown and a touchdown from freshman Carter Dykes, that would end this game and give Oak Hall a perfect 7-0 record in the regular season.

“I got talented guys out here who can run the ball”- Freshman Lineman AJ Taylor

Looking Ahead

As the Eagles finish their season, a hearty amount of expectations sit on their shoulders. They have had a mere handful of games this season that were even close, and the smallest margin of victory against any of the teams they’ve played was six. However, it’s back to business for this team.

“It’s almost like a new season,” Fuhr said. “We finished the regular season 7-0, but we start 0-0.”

With the win tonight, Oak Hall guarantees themselves a home playoff game in front of their fans. Despite the success throughout the season, a 7-0 record is not the goal of this team; it never has been.

“It’s really exciting, but it’s nothing if we don’t win a state title,” Pickens said. “It’s a total reset. We’re 0-0.”

About Carson Cashion

Carson Cashion is a second-year student at the University of Florida, and has a major in journalism with a specialization in sports and media. Originally from the Orlando area, Cashion has covered the UF Gymnastics team as well as Oak Hall athletics for ESPN Gainesville.

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