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Gold Rush: Oak Glen opens "Bears Den" in style

September 1, 2012
Morning Journal News

NEW MANCHESTER - Oak Glen coach Ian Whittington said he couldn't have scripted it any better.

The first-year coach saw his Golden Bears open a new stadium in style on Friday as they routed the visiting Wellsville Tigers, 45-0.

"It's such a great feeling," the 27-year-old said. "To finish off what was already a great night like this is just unbelievable. The kids played so hard and our defense pitched a shutout. It's just so nice to open this place up the way we did."

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Oak Glen’s Bub Haddox (15) looks for running room as Wellsville’s Seth Bradford (12) defends. (Photo by Jamie Olmstead)

The Tigers (1-1) came into the game with a much smaller team - 53 Oak Glen players to 24 for Wellsville - and were simply worn down by the bigger Bears.

"We went in at halftime and told them we needed to make two adjustments," Wellsville coach Dave Skinner said. "On offense we needed to block, and on defense we needed to tackle. It was that simple. We really didn't do either one."

Oak Glen dominated the line of scrimmage to the tune of 499 rushing yards.

Junior quarterback Bub Haddox put up an encore to his opening game heroics - he had 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Edison in what was his first ever varsity game - with 145 yards on just nine carries (16.1 ypc) with four

scores.

"He's such an athletic quarterback," Whittington said of his charge. "He has that will to win and he drives for the extra yards."

Haddox was not alone, however.

Junior David Campbell added a one to his jersey No. 47 with 147 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown.

Senior Trey Smith also had a big night with 129 yards on 17 attempts with one touchdown.

All this without the No. 1 running back coming into the season in senior Tyler Steed who has missed the first two games due to injury.

"Trey makes great cuts and has great vision," Whittington said. "David just goes 100 miles per hour on every play. We've got a three-headed rushing attack now and when Tyler comes back, we'll have four."

It took Oak Glen just three offensive plays to find the end zone.

On 3rd-and-9, Haddox found a crease and was gone for a 77-yard touchdown to open the scoring with 8:16 left in the first quarter.

Haddox's second score came on Oak Glen's next possession on a 4th-and-goal from the three yard line.

An 11-yard scoring run by Smith with 9:06 left in the first half put the Bears up, 21-0.

The half's final score came by way of an 18-yard run by Haddox and left Oak Glen in complete control, 28-0, at the break.

"I didn't expect to completely dominate them," Whittington said. "I knew we would win the battle up front, but those guys just took the game over for us and that was it."

In the first half, Wellsville managed just four yards of offense. The Tigers rushed 10 times for minus-35 yards, while quarterback Jordan Sloan was 5-of-12 passing for 39 yards and an interception. On the other side, Oak Glen rushed 26 times in the first half for 306 yards to go along with 14 yards passing.

"When you're in a fight, you have to punch back," Skinner said. "We didn't. We kind of folded. Not all the guys, I'm not going to throw them all under the bus, but a good many of them. I don't really know the reason, but I'm going to figure it out.

"I think we're better than we showed. I don't think we're out of our league with them. They're a solid football team, but some of our guys have to learn how to respond to adversity. They've got to learn to fight back."

In the second half, it was more of the same.

Oak Glen scored on its fifth play from scrimmage in the third quarter when Haddox ran in from two yards out to put the Bears up, 35-0.

A 37-yard field goal by senior Josh Weltner made the score, 38-0, with 8:09 left to play in the third quarter.

The game's final score came on the first play of the final frame when Campbell found paydirt from three yards out.

After the game, Whittington was greeted by many family and friends giving their congratulations. He said the victory and the moment will be something he'll never forget.

"We've had so much support and tonight was kind of overwhelming," Whittington said. "I couldn't thank everyone enough for all they've done."

Next week, Wellsville will play at Lisbon - a team that won its only game of the year in 2011 against the Tigers - while Oak Glen will host Indian Creek which beat East Liverpool on Friday, 26-12.

"We're going to continue to work as hard as we have been," Whittington said. "We're not going to slack off now. We know we've got a very solid team coming in here in Creek next week."

 
 

 

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