No. 1 – Oak Hill vs. Canton Academy

Sports Reporter

Daily Times Leader finishes its Top 5 Countdown of the Oak Hill Raiders' 2014 football season. The Raiders made their third consecutive postseason berth, finishing the year with a 5-6 overall record. Oak Hill is under the direction of first-year Head Coach Chris Craven, who has been an eight-year assistant coach for the program. Oak Hill opens the season against defending MAIS Class-A champion Newton County Academy on Friday, Aug. 21 at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.

No. 1: Today's game in the countdown reminiscences on Oak Hill's 29-14 win over former district rival Canton Academy on Oct. 17 at OHA in West Point.

THE FACTS: Oak Hill upset the Canton Academy Panthers 29-14 Friday, Oct. 17 at Oak Hill Academy in West Point. The win gave the Raiders an opportunity to claim the District 2-AA title. Oak Hill held a 14-7 advantage at halftime. The Raiders would expand their advantage during the first seven minutes of the third quarter, grabbing a 21-7 lead. After a Canton touchdown late in the third, Oak Hill answered early in the fourth for its 15-point advantage.

THE STATS: Drew Riley, the Raiders’ rising senior running back, rushed 32 times for 185 yards, scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown. Graduate quarterback Riley Pierce was 8 of 9 passing for 105 yards and three touchdowns. Pierce connected with rising senior Kaleb Darnell three times for 53 yards. Darnell scored two touchdowns.
Raider rising junior Ken Dill completed both two-point conversions. Grayson Easterling, a rising freshman, knocked through one extra-point field goal.


WHY THIS GAME: Not only did Oak Hill need a win to get above .500 after nine weeks of the regular season, it needed to keep the postseason hopes alive. Major underdogs, the Raiders showed they have plenty of fight in them.
Again, Drew Riley was the work horse that carried the rock 32 times. Nothing says unbelievable like a young man toting the mail like he has a postal route that goes throughout the whole town. The U.S. Postal Service might need to hire him.
The victory also gave Oak Hill a fifth win in the season for the third consecutive year after a 2011 season where it won no games.

THE NEXT MEETING: Oak Hill and Canton do not have a prearranged date on their schedule. They also do not compete in the same district anymore. However, the Raiders and the Panthers could see each other in the MAIS Class-AA playoffs, which start Friday, Oct. 30.