By AARON PETCHAL
WEIRTON The Golden Bears grounded out a victory.
Oak Glen's Tyler Steed runs against Weir on Friday. (Photo by Mike Mathison)
The Oak Glen football team amassed 257 rushing yards and five touchdowns en route to a 33-12 victory over Weir Friday night at the new Jimmy Carey Stadium to once again win the Carl Hamill trophy.
The win snaps the Golden Bears three-game losing streak. Oak Glen is now back to .500 at 3-3. With the loss, Weir remains winless at 0-6.
"This is something we really needed," first-year Oak Glen head coach Ian Whittington said. "Hopefully, this gets our guys confidence back and we are able to get on a roll."
The Golden Bears led just 7-0 at halftime, but Oak Glen was able to gain control of the game with four touchdowns in the second half against the undermanned Red Riders.
"We put on a show," first-year Weir head coach Tony Filberto said. "We played great defense tonight. I'm really proud of the kids. We started five freshmen on defense. We also had three sophomores. The kids played well. I'm proud of them."
Filberto previously served as head coach at Oak Glen before taking over Weir this year.
Tyler Steed led the way on the ground with 158 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Quarterback Bub Haddox delivered 62 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in his return to the lineup. Haddox missed Oak Glen's loss to Catholic Central with pneumonia.
Trey Smith tallied 30 yards on the ground on a pair of fourth-quarter carries.
Haddox also threw for 25 yards in the victory.
Clayton Flowers was the team's leading receiver with one catch for 12 yards.
The majority of Weir's offense came on two-long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter from quarterback William Larch to Jonathan Rice. The two pass plays totaled 151 yards. The first score was from 69 yards, and the second score covered 82 yards.
Weir finished the game with negative yards on the ground as the Red Riders finished the game with less than 150 yards of total offense.
Oak Glen capitalized on Weir miscue to score on its first drive of the game.
The Red Riders were forced to punt on their first possession of the game, but the punt sailed over the head of Weir punter Kameron Davis. The play resulted in a loss of 26 yards. The Golden Bears took over at the Red Riders' 37.
On their first play from scrimmage, Clayton Flowers broke through the defense for an apparent 37-yard touchdown, but in a sign of things to come, the visitors were called for a penalty negating the score.
Though the touchdown was taken off the board, the Golden Bears were not going to be denied. A few plays later, Steed broke through the defense en route to a 38-yard touchdown. Josh Weltner converted the extra point, and Oak Glen led 7-0 with 8:54 to play in the first quarter.
"We came out fired up at the beginning, but it comes back to penalties," Whittington said. "We had some big plays, but ended up screwing ourselves up."
While Weir struggled to move the ball in the first half, Oak Glen had some promising drives, but the Golden Bears shot themselves in the foot with some costly penalties.
"It is the same story every week," Whittington said. "We have penalties that are drive killers. It's the same thing every week no matter how much we harp on it."
The Golden Bears committed eight penalties in the game for a loss of 75 yards.
Oak Glen gained full control of the game in the third quarter.
Like they did to start the game, the Golden Bears scored a touchdown on their first drive of the second half. Haddox capped the 57-yard drive with his first touchdown of the night. Haddox scampered down the sideline for a 15-yard score. Weltner's PAT made the score 14-0 with 9:36 left to play in the third quarter.
The Golden Bears added to their lead late in the stanza. This time, Haddox plowed into the end zone from the 1, and Weltner's third extra point of the night made the score 21-0 with 1:29 showing on the clock.
"We wanted to get in the I formation and run the ball," Whittington said. "We knew we were bigger and more physical."
The Red Riders got on the scoreboard on the first play of the fourth quarter. Larch completed a pass to Rice, and when a pair of Golden Bears collided to take themselves out of the play, Rice was able to sprint down the sideline for the touchdown.
The extra point was blocked, and Oak Glen led 21-6 with 11:50 left to play in the game.
The Golden Bears answered with a touchdown less than two minutes later. Keyed by a 17-yard run by Haddox and a 23-yarder by Smith, Oak Glen moved the ball deep into weir territory. Steed capped the drive with his second touchdown of the game. The score covered 5 yards. The conversion kick failed, but the Golden Bears led 27-6 with 10:19 left to play in the fourth quarter.
The Red Riders answered with a touchdown of their own less than two minutes later. After two plays resulted in a loss of two yards, Larch and Rice hooked up for an 82-yard scoring strike down the sideline. The 2-point conversion run failed when Larch was sacked, but the hosts cut their deficit to 27-12 with 8:56 left to play.
Rice made his third big play of the game when he recovered the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Unfortunately for Weir, the Red Riders were unable to take advantage as Weir's drive came to a close on an interception.
Oak Glen capped the scoring in the game with a touchdown on the ensuing drive. Haddox ran around the end for a 3-yard score. The 2-point conversion pass failed when the receiver came down out of bounds. At that point, the score was 33-12 with 1:21 left to play in the ballgame.
"I'm proud of my kids," Filberto said. "Hopefully, we can keep playing this, and it will carry over into the remainder of the season."
Both teams are scheduled to return to the field Friday night. Weir plays at home against Magnolia, while Oak Glen travels to Tyler Consolidated.
"We played a lot of young kids," Filberto said. "I am proud of my kids.
"I wish them a lot of luck. I have a good relationship with a lot of their kids. I wish them luck down the road."