Thursday’s 1B Football: Terriers Bury Acorns
Injury Bug: Oakville Derails Against Washington School for the Deaf in Second Half
By Jordan Nailon
OAKVILLE – Anyone who made their way out to the Acorns home turf on Thursday night found themselves bearing witness to an unwieldy spectacle on the gridiron. Even more than other 8-man football games the contest between Oakville and the Washington School for the Deaf seemed like it was one sideways play from devolving into complete chaos, or one team winding up without enough healthy players to continue.
When the final horn blew the visiting Terriers had run away with a 76-36 victory in their 1B non-league football matchup. Before that though the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense and 112 points. There was a fight between brothers in the Oakville huddle. At least four players were tended to by a gang of paramedics and one of those players was taken off the field by ambulance due to a leg injury. At one point the scoreboard turned off completely and time was kept by stopwatch and known only among the zebra crews.
All in all though, the Oakville faithfull were mostly unfazed by the evening’s eventful happenings.
“This was just a back and forth game. There was a lot of action both on and off the field,” said Oakville coach Chris Pickernell.
On the field, Oakville managed to pick up 481 yards of offense on the night. Thanks to a hybrid offensive scheme Nathan Boyd kept the Oakville offense on the move through the first three quarters both on the ground and through the air. The junior ran the ball 12 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns on the night, including scoring rushes of 50, 46, and 59 yards. He also threw the ball three times for 105 yards and two touchdowns that were both hauled in by his co-quarterback, CJ Holloway. Holloway was able to amass 71 yards passing and two throwing touchdowns in the game.
“It’s almost like a wildcat, I guess. Kind of. He’s got the better arm, deep ball wise, because he was our quarterback last year,” said Pickernell.
Boyd’s running style includes a heavy dose of stiff arms and strong cutbacks into the teeth of the defense. When the first defender doesn’t take him down he has a knack for making his way to the wide open spaces that dominate an 8-man football field.
In the second half though Boyd took a big hit to the head on a run while fighting for extra yardage and quickly garnered the attention of the officials while he lay limp on the field. After heading to the sideline, and then sneaking back on the field only to be sent back to the sideline, before sneaking back out on the field again, Boyd was definitively removed from the game for good by the white hat referee.
Pickernell said he would give one game ball to Boyd for his passionate play.
“He got in there just non-stop, no matter how many guys he had to cut back on back and forth, he never quit running,” Pickernell said. “I’d say, I dunno, what, he ran the ball about 300 yards every time he covered the field.”
On the final play of the second half, just one play after Oakville’s defense forced a turnover on downs, Boyd dropped back to pass before taking off to scramble 50 yards for a touchdown. That score brought the Acorns back within one score at 36-32.
By the second half though the injury bug was beginning to creep up on Oakville. First William Holloway, who earlier had reeled in a one handed snag for a 15-yard touchdown pass from his brother, went out with a leg injury. Not long after that Boyd was taken out due to concussion symptoms. Soon, another player was leaving the field via ambulance because of yet another, even more severe, leg injury.
That rash of boo-boo’s proved to be too much for the Acorns who started the game with only 14 players. After Boyd got loose for a 59-yard touchdown run that cut the Terriers lead to 44-40 with 8:10 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Acorns fell apart.
By the end the Acorns were down to their final reserve with a heap of middle school and first year players doing their bidding. After CJ Holloway connected with Shayden Baker on an 11-yard corner rout for a touchdown that closed the third quarter that group surrendered 24-unanswered points to bring the game to a close.
“We got within four points, but we got the youngsters in there to learn. We got seven 8th graders that were out there at the end of the game,” said Pickernell.
The standout of that group of greenhorns was Baker, who Pickernell said he would award the second game ball to. Baker, an eighth grader who does not yet have size on his side, pulled down two catches for 20 yards and the touchdown along with an impressive 16 tackles. Fellow 8th grader Ashton Boyd, brother to Nathan, ran the ball three times for 30 yards.
The loss brings Oakville’s record to 1-2. In week one they lost to Lyle 76-6. Week two was essentially a bye after their opponent cancelled and in week three they defeated Wishkah Valley 62-34. The Acorns (1-0 league) will play a league game at Taholah next Friday.
TERRIERS 76, ACORNS 46
WA Deaf 20 16 16 24 — 76
Oakville 14 18 14 0 —46
OAK — Nathan Boyd 50-yard run; 2-point conversion
OAK – N. Boyd 70-yard pass to CJ Holloway; Conversion fail
OAK — N. Boyd 35-yard pass to CJ Holloway; Conversion fail
OAK — CJ Holloway 15-yard pass to William Holloway; Conversion fail
OAK – N Boyd 50-yard run; Conversion fail
OAK – N. Boyd 59-yard run: 2-point conversion
OAK – CJ Holloway 11-yard pass to Shayden Baker:
Team Stats DEF OAK
First Downs N/A N/A
Rushing Yards – – 305
Passing Yards – – 176
Total Yards – – 481
Comp-Att-Int – – – 7-18-1
Fumbles/Lost N/A N/A
Penalties/Yards N/A N/A
Rushing: DEF —; OAK — Nathan Boyd 12/219, Ashton Boyd 3/30
Passing: DEF —; OAK — N. Boyd 105, Holloway 71
Receiving: DEF —; OAK — CJ Holloway 2/105, William Holloway 3/45, Shayden Baker 2/20