In an offensive shootout that saw nine touchdowns scored in the second half, it was D’Iberville who was able to come away with the 51-44 win at Oak Grove on Friday night.
What it means
Despite the loss, it’s a huge confidence boost for Oak Grove. The Warriors have struggled on offense all year long and after juggling through Max Crawford and Tanner Slay at quarterback, head coach Drew Causey rolled the dice on sophomore John Rhys Plumlee. And it paid off. The Warriors were down 30-10 at the midway point in the third quarter. But the Warriors were able to finally figure it out on offense.
The Warriors reeled off 34 straight points without turning it over or punting and put themselves in a chance to win despite being down three scores.
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As for D’Iberville, the bye week paid off in a big way as it built a lead on Oak Grove that ultimately gave them the win. The offense hit the ground running and never stopped as it compiled more than 400 yards of total offense.
There were many turning points in the game. But D’Iberville struck the final blow with a minute and six seconds left in the game when quarterback Jamir Jamison hit Jay Jasper for 32 yards a game clinching touchdown. It was the second connection between the two in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game
Athlete D.J. Polk. Polk did a lot for D’Iberville. Not only did he shadow Oak Grove’s best receiver, Charles Hartfield, but he also got a 67-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and also returned a kick-off for a touchdown.
Charles Hartfield missed the Warriors’ contest against Laurel last week. But he bounced back with five catches for 51 yards. His finest catch of the night was a one-handed catch over two defenders that ultimately got the Warrior offense rolling in the second half.
Dwayne Lee was another Warrior who has missed significant time due to injury. Lee didn’t play in the first half, but the coaching stuff cut him loose in the second half. Lee tallied 163 yards of total offense by himself in the second half and three touchdowns.