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October 14, 2012

Tigers Run SED Streak to 52

With Zack Back, Tigers Roar & Extend Streak to 52: Midway through the second quarter, Western Branch fans that came to Art Bradriff Stadium in Chesapeake on Friday night were starting to believe they would beat Oscar Smith for the first time since 2003 and hand them their first Southeastern District loss of any kind in six years as the Bruins led 7-6. Oscar Smith scored a go-ahead touchdown with 3:20 before the half, and then the Tigers proceeded to put together a 28-0 third quarter to thwart any hope of an upset bid.

A slight scare early turned into another Oscar Smith rout, 47-13 as the Tigers extended their district winning streak to 52 games. It marked their sixth straight victory by a minimum of 29 points.

"We started off slow, but once we fixed things in the locker room at half-time, we came out here balling in the second half. We had a good night running the ball and throwing the ball. When we play to how we want to play, no one can stop us," stated Oscar Smith senior quarterback Dashawn Blow, who completed 7 of 8 passes for 119 yards and four touchdowns.

During their six-game win streak this season, Blow has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to no interceptions, a better ratio than any other signal caller in the Eastern Region in that stretch. What helped Blow quite a bit was having one of his premier weapons, UVA commit and star receiver Zack Jones, close to 100% healthy after missing most of the last three games due to a sprained ankle.

Jones hauled in four passes for 99 yards, a pair of them for touchdowns, and his 61-yard reception set up the game's go-ahead score in the second period.

"I've really been resting and when I do physical therapy during first block because that's weight lifting, they just wanted me to wait until it got all the way healthy," Jones noted. "I was ready. I can't compare this game to nothing and I just felt something in me. It felt like we were clicking and everybody was on the same page."

Not only did Oscar Smith outscore Western Branch 28-0 in the third period, they out-gained them 125-22 after the Bruins out-gained the Tigers 130-112 in the first half. Western Branch was able to have success in the first half by playing keep away. The Tigers ran only one play the entire first quarter, which resulted in a touchdown run by DeShawn McClease, and just nine plays in the entire first half compared to the 42 plays, 37 of them runs, by Western Branch.

As Oscar Smith improves to 6-1 overall, 6-0 in the Southeastern District, Western Branch falls to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.

Team

Time (QTR)

Scoring Play (Oscar Smith at Western Branch)

Game Score

WB

6:00 (1)

Summerville 3-yard run, PAT Schomburg good

7-0

OS

5:37 (1)

McClease 20-yard run, PAT blocked

7-6

OS

3:20 (2)

Blow 17-yard pass to Jones, 2-point try failed

12-7

OS

7:26 (3)

Blow 19-yard pass to Jones, PAT Davis good

19-7

OS

5:44 (3)

Blow 26-yard run, PAT Davis good

26-7

OS

2:06 (3)

Blow 10-yard pass to Vaughn, PAT Davis good

33-7

OS

11:05 (4)

McClease 68-yard run, PAT Davis good

40-7

OS

3:49 (4)

Blow 3-yard pass to Vaughn, PAT Davis good

47-7

WB

0:00 (4)

Thomas 13-yard pass to Boothe, no PAT try

47-13


Detailed Recap Here with More Analysis & Postgame Comments
Video Interviews with Blow, Vaughn, Jones & Coach Rich Morgan
Photo Feature by Rod Johnson


Stats:

Oscar Smith 47:
Dashawn Blow - - 7-8 for 119Yds. 4-0TD/Int. ratio; 6Car. 35Yds. TD
DeShawn McClease - - 9Car. 156Yds. 2TD's
Zack Jones - - 4Rec. 99Yds. 2TD's; 1-1 for 15Yds.
Melvin Vaughn - - 3Rec. 20Yds. 2TD's; 14 Tackles, TFL
Troye Harris - - 13 Tackles
Kanyia Anderson - - 8 Tackles, 2TFL, Fumble Recovery
Darren Flowers - - 8 Tackles, TFL

Western Branch 13:
Josh Marriner - - 32Car. 152Yds; 1Rec. 18Yds.
C.J. Thomas - - 3-7 for 70Yds. 1-0TD/Int. ratio
Donte Shepard - - 13Car. 44Yds.
Eugene Summerville - - 1Rec. 39Yds; 6Car. 13Yds. TD
T.J. Boothe - - 1Rec. 13Yds. TD
Brandon Addison - - 7 Tackles, TFL
Kenny Holland - - 6 Tackles, 2TFL, Sack

Matthew Hatfield has covered Eastern Region Football & Basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com, and don't forget to listen to him on High School Sports Talk from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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