“It was a pretty good feeling,” said first-year coach Trey Sanchez. “The kids were ecstatic. It's been a long time since they felt a win. Hopefully, it's going to have a snowball effect and we will just keep winning.”
Tailback Zach Ruff scored twice, once on the ground and another on a 50-yard pass from quarterback Adam Jacob. Ruff finished with 113 yards in total offense while Jacob passed for 157 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.
OCA had two goal-line stands in the game while getting three turnovers. Sanchez, who installed a spread offense this season at OCA, knew before the season opener that the club wasn't going to have another winless season.
“I expected us to be a lot better than last year,” he said. “I have already heard from other coaches around the district that we are surprising some people. We are on the up and up. Now that the kids have tasted victory, I think they are going to keep going.”
GARBER QB TOTALS 50 POINTS
If there is a high school fantasy football league, Jordan Avantz of Garber is the No. 1 pick.
The senior quarterback had a game for the ages in Garber's 58-12 win over Canton Friday night. Avantz accounted for seven touchdowns, running for five scores, throwing for another and scooping up a fumble on a kickoff and racing 40 yards for a touchdown.
Avantz (6-3, 205 pounds) also ran for two two-point conversions and threw for two more. He had 353 yards of total offense, including 218 yards rushing.
“He is a decent part of our offense,” Garber coach Mark Harmon said in a huge understatement.
Garber plays eight-man football, but Avantz is being looked at by the University of Tulsa, Harmon said.
“Eight-man is a little bit different, a little more wide-open, but there are some really good athletes that go through eight-man,” Harmon said. “He is one of the better ones that I have had. For an eight-man guy to go to Division I is pretty tough, but he is definitely a Division II kid. He is a good enough athlete.”
Avantz has scored or passed for a total of 19 touchdowns this season. He also is the team's punter.
“At Garber, your quarterback is your punter because we like to fake it a lot,” Harmon said.
MYERS GETS FIRST WIN AT ALMA MATER
Chandler coach Scott Myers notched his first victory at his alma mater Friday as the Lions defeated Harrah, 33-17.
“The adversity the kids went through to get there made it (the win) special,” said Myers, who took over at Chandler this season after four years in Moore as head coach.
Chandler lost three linemen during the game and already was without starting wide receiver and cornerback Austin Waters from the outset.
“We had some tough injuries early and were piece-mealing things,” said Myers, who was a standout quarterback at Chandler in the early '80s.
Heath Gray rushed for 253 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Lions, who rallied from a 17-7 deficit.
“Our offensive line was much improved,” Myers said. “They are getting better each week.”
Myers also made fullback/tight end Mubrik Hisham a bigger part of the offense, especially as a lead blocker for Gray.
“He made a difference,” Myers said.
McLoud's Dakota Jordan hit a 52-yard field goal late in the Redskins' loss to Seminole. ... Liberty's Coleton McDonald ran for 282 yards and five touchdowns and threw for another score and recorded an interception in a 42-18 win over Drumright. ... Davenport's 21-game regular-season winning streak was snapped in its 64-22 loss to Wetumka ... Derrick Moore of Wetumka ran for 286 yards and four touchdowns and also had a 98-yard interception return for a score in the win.