LAKE WYLIE — Oakridge Middle School came up on the short end of the score Oct. 24 in their final game. Rawlinson Road defeated the Golden Eagles 30-14.
Scoring for the Eagles were Charlie Hoffman on a 40-plus yard fumble recovery, Austin Gunnels on a pass from David Saleeba, and Saleeba with a two-point conversion. Leading the way on defense was Roderick Johnson and Cole Woodworth.
In the conference championship game Oct. 24, the OMS Golden Eagles represented the Eastern Division well, but ended up on the wrong side of a 28 to 20 final score. This was the first loss suffered by the Golden Eagles in six weeks.
Oakridge won the coin toss, and chose to receive the ball to start the game. On the opening kickoff, Wally Wilmore followed his blockers and 83 yards later found himself in the end zone. Wally also added the two-point conversion. Sullivan answered quickly, scoring only two minutes later to tie the game at eight points apiece. Oakridge was able to move the ball on the following possession with ease, and two plays later, Wilmore was able to punch it in from two yards out. Sullivan answered yet again, scoring their own touchdown to tie up the game. At the end of the first quarter, the score was Oakridge 14, Sullivan 14.
In the second quarter, the Golden Eagles and Falcon traded scores again. Wally Wilmore scored on a 36-yard run, while Sullivan had a long run of their own. Halftime score: Oakridge 20, Sullivan 20.
Oakridge had to kick to start the second half, and Sullivan was ready, marching the ball down the field and scoring on the initial possession of the half. After that drive, both defenses stiffened up, and neither team scored the rest of the game. Final score: Oakridge 20, Sullivan 28.
The Falcons were the most physical team the Golden Eagles faced all season long. There were a few key injuries for the Golden Eagles in the second half, which hindered them some, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Leading the team offensively was Wally Wilmore with 114 yards rushing, three touchdowns, and one 2-point conversion. Defensively, Hayden Milley had 10 tackles, AJ Pennington had nine tackles, William Emery had eight tackles, and Clint Jenkins had seven tackles.