Oak Mountain ends season with win

Published 10:39 pm Friday, November 2, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

NORTH SHELBY – The Oak Mountain Eagles (2-8, 0-7 in Class 7A, Region 3) ended the 2018 season on a high note, taking down the Center Point Eagles (5-5, 5-2 in Class 5A, Region 5) by a final score of 38-8 on Nov. 2.

Oak Mountain was nearly even with the visiting Eagles on total yards of offense with 300 total yards compared to Center Point’s 280, but three lost fumbles made for a long night for the visiting team. Center Point was 1-for-12 on third-down conversions, and 0-for-3 on fourth-down tries.

Oak Mountain freshman quarterback Evan Smith completed 6-of-14 passing attempts for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and his favorite target was Trey Allen, who caught three passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

Luke Percer led Oak Mountain’s ground attack, racking up 143 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Kicker Christian Hood was 1-for-2 on field goals, and was 5-for-5 on PATs.

Defensively for the home Eagles, Jacob Fitzgerald racked up a whopping seven solo tackles and six assists, followed by Zykeius Strong with three solo tackles, five assists and 2.5 tackles for a loss.

Center Point scored its only points of the game in the first quarter when Calloway Kendall completed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Deru LeBoise. Orr Roderick added the 2-point conversion to put the visiting team up 8-0.

From there, it was all Oak Mountain, as the Eagles scored 38 unanswered points.

Percer scored on a 3-yard run late in the first quarter, and Hood was good on a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Oak Mountain a 10-8 halftime lead.

Percer added another touchdown on a 50-yard run a few seconds into the third quarter, and Smith connected with Allen on touchdown passes of 15 yards and 50 yards in the fourth quarter.

Oak Mountain’s final points of the game came on a 37-yard run by Judah Tait in the fourth quarter.