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BRIDGETOWN, Ohio – Scoring was hard to come by at Betz Memorial Stadium.
Both Harrison and Oak Hills’ offense mustered drives throughout the four quarters, but untimely offensive miscues, key defensive stops and penalties stalled drives and kept the score low.
But the skilled Harrison trio of quarterback Jake Weber, running back Alex Anderson and wide receiver Mitchell Hogue channeled their talents at critical moments to help the Wildcats secure a 14-7 victory at Oak Hills.
Weber scrambled for a 6-yard touchdown and connected with Hogue for a 22-yard passing touchdown. Anderson pounded his way to nearly 60 yards.
In a sluggish first quarter dominated by Harrison’s defense, the Wildcats’ offense consumed the clock and managed one successful drive to the Oak Hills’ 4 yard line.
With the game scoreless to start the second quarter, Oak Hills made a goal-line stop and forced a Harrison field-goal try that sailed wide.
Just four minutes later, after Harrison intercepted Oak Hills quarterback Cooper Scholz’s pass, the Wildcats missed another field goal.
The breakout offensive moment finally arrived at the 1:43 mark of the second quarter. Jake Weber ran six yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Not to be outdone, Oak Hills pieced together an efficient drive with Scholz connecting with receiver Jason Walters with 23 seconds remaining until halftime, tying the score.
In the third quarter, Oak Hills fashioned two proficient drives, which only resulted in a punt and missed field goal.
But Harrison’s Weber connected with Hogue with 5:37 left in the quarter to make the score 14-7.
The fourth quarter featured great action but no scoring. Scholz connected with Walters time and again, but Highlander drives sputtered. Harrison turned to run plays to consume time and Hogue, playing defense, snatched an interception to secure the win.
“Things are going in the right direction for us,” Harrison coach Kent McCullough said. “It’s a battle every year against these guys. It was a great team win.”
Next week, Harrison (2-0) travels to Anderson (0-2) and Oak Hills (0-2) seeks a win at Loveland (0-2).
Craig Latscha is a Cincinnati-based freelance writer who is entering his first season as a feature reporter for Tristatefootball.com. He enjoys covering football action, and has two sons who play football at the college and high school levels. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.