CONROE, Texas — Oak Ridge came into this season with high hopes, but few could have expected that, five games into the season, the War Eagles would be undefeated.
District 12-6A rival The Woodlands College Park, has done the exact opposite, sputtering to a 1-4 record thus far. The Cavaliers will look to spoil Oak Ridge’s undefeated record under the lights on Friday at Woodforest Bank Stadium.
Oak Ridge is coming off their closest win of the season, a 24-21 defeat of Montgomery. The War Eagles’ spread offense, led by quarterbacks Reinard Britz (32-58, 675 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT) and Bishop Durst (10-23, 169 yards, TD, INT) has no shortage of options with wide receivers Tanner Lacy and Darrius Jelks testing opposition secondaries and running backs Kamari Williams and Nick Mccants wearing down defensive lines.
Mccants, a sophomore talent, leads the War Eagles with 326 yards on 60 carries. He also has three of Oak Ridge’s nine touchdowns on the ground — the highest single-player rushing total on the team.
Defensively, it’s been the Joseph Ossai show, who is a four-star defensive end with five sacks and 10 tackles for a loss this season. On the War Eagles’ back end, the secondary has been stout and has forced teams to rely on the running game. Behind Head coach Dereck Rush, Oak Ridge’s defense has been an exceptional facet of the 5-0 start.
College Park enters this game with a three-headed offensive attack between running backs Daniel Vann and Travis Washburn and quarterback Jake Hunnicutt.
In four games, Hunnicut has thrown for 436 yards on 36-for-84 passing and six interceptions. His two touchdowns came via leading receiver Peyton Sobosie (11 rec, 205 yards). Washburn and Vann lead College Park in rushing with 199 yards and two scores on 38 carries and 156 yards and one touchdown on 41 carries, respectively.
Former Klein Collins defensive coordinator and first-year College Park Head Coach Lonnie Madison replaced Richard Carson, who led the Cavaliers since the school’s opening in 2005, after his retirement before the season. While College Park has had a disappointing start to the season, it’s not too late to turn the year around. Their best chance to stage a rally may be Friday night against a tough Oak Ridge squad.
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