7th Grade Golden Eagles - Teamwork Pays Off!!
One HECK of a SEASON!!
7th Grade Golden Eagles had the best season yet!
One player, Jesse Helms shared his thoughts of how the team did. “I felt like the team needed to work together and cooperate more, but overall I thought we did really good.”
“One of the biggest contributors to our success as a team this year is the dependence on a team effort. Where we’ve been successful is when all the guys come together and work as a team. It’s been the hard work and effort of guys not considered ‘stars’ that has made the entire team better.” Coach Blackmon stated.While Hayden Johnson, the team’s Middle Line Backer is content with how the season went, he sees room for improvement. “The team played well, but we still need to work on defensive line. I personally, think I could have read the plays better in the first few games.” Hayden agreed that all the players put in a lot of hard work. “I feel the running we did in summer conditioning helped a lot.”“If we could do it again, I think we could have prepared more, than just summer conditioning, during the off season before the season started.” Jesse stated.
Coach Blackmon shared a moment he’d never forget. “Probably the most memorable moment was against York, when Hayden Johnson stonewalled the running back from York, buckling the guy’s knees and then taking the ball from him and returning it for a touchdown to secure the win.”
While Hayden won’t forget when he accidentally laid out his own teammate, his most memorable moment was when he scored a 40 yard fumble recovery.
“The best part of the season was dumping ice on Coach Greene for the ice bucket challenge!!!” Jesse shared.
“There’s nothing really we would change. This has been a great bunch of guys that largely do what you ask.” Coaches Blackmon, Greene, Rolf, and Mauer are proud of their boys for all their hard work!!WAY TO GO GOLDEN EAGLES!!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Golden Eagles Beat Their Rivals!
8th Grade FootballCourtesy of Coach KWednesday, October 22nd, Oakridge played its strongest game against their rivals from down the street and were able to capture their first win of the season!
Clover struck first on the opening drive of the game and took the lead 8-0. Oakridge responded with a drive of their own, and Hunter Holland punched it in from 2 yards out making the score 8-6. Clover was able to strike again just before the end of the first half taking a 14-6 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Dalyn Garrett found his way into the end zone from 6 yards out and was also able to add the 2 point conversion for the Golden Eagles. Entering the fourth quarter, the score was knotted at 14 points apiece.
Clover scored a touchdown early in the final period, but the Golden Eagles never got discouraged. The OMS defense stiffened up on the conversion try and stuffed the attempt. The Oakridge offense stuck to the game plan, and just two minutes later, Dalyn Garrett found the end zone again, this time from 12 yards out. Chance Woodworth powered it in for the two point conversion and the lead.Clover's final drive ate up the clock, and with one minute left, Clover had the ball inside the ten yard line only nine yards away from taking control of the game. On fourth down from the five yard line and the game on the line, Clover handed the ball off, but Andrez Dalton busted through the line and got his hands on the running back first before a handful of other Golden Eagles arrived to help make the tackle inside the 1-yard line. Oakridge took over on downs securing the victory.
Defensively, Drew Brightman made some clutch plays, Dalton Eddington had some huge hits, and Coleman Lopez and Hunter Holland were in on numerous tackles throughout the night. Colby Ballard and Robert Walsh played a solid game on the defensive line.Offensively, Oakridge looked their best they have all season. Blake Keffer did a great job running the show. Dalyn Garrett and Chance Woodworth both rushed for about 100 yards each, and Hunter Holland and Drew Brightman did an excellent job running the ball as well. The reason they were so successful was due to the stellar play by the offensive line, led by Antonio Mitchell.
Congratulations Golden Eagles on a huge win!!
Lady Eagles Make 2nd Place
8th Grade Girls Volleyball
The 8th grade Volleyball players had a successful season! They made 2nd Place Seasonal Conference Champs! While the Lady Golden Eagles made it all the way through to the last round of the final Tournament, they lost the last round due to an attack of the flu!
The Lady Eagles had a great season and savor memorable moments. “The most memorable moment of the season was when we played Springfield this year.” Rachel Cullen shared. “The first game of the season was a disappointment, but we made up for it during the Springfield game.” The Volleyball players had a poor start, but then made it to victory in the end!Even as the Volleyball players worked hard, they still had fun with the coaches! “We had this inside joke about Drake and Coach Ard who always gave us inspiring words before our games. One day she was speechless. So on the spot, she said “Started from the bottom…now we’re here!” We nearly died laughing!
"Teamwork and the girls’ positive attitude helped us to achieve such a successful season this year!” Mrs. Talarico said proudly. “The girls on the team are really good friends and care about each other on and off the court. This help the players work together as a team to be more efficient. They also help pick each other up after a mistake or when we're down a few points.”Mrs. Talarico agrees that the team’s second opportunity against Springfield was one to remember. “We lost a good player, during that game. Jamie Allen broke her legion the first set, but the team kept fighting and ended up beating Springfield in two sets. The morning after the Springfield game, the entire team came to my classroom and made cards for Jamie and they worked together to decorate her locker for when she returned to school!” It is obvious the Lady Eagles’ are more than a team of athletes. The team has been drawn together like a family!