Oak Hill starts season with tough Mantachie

Oak Hill Academy wide receiver Jamarcus Loyd (23) follows his blocks to find running room during last week’s jamboree against Pickens Academy. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

It’s about an hour and a half drive from West Point to Mantachie.

When it came to finding a team to schedule as the 2019 season opener, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders were looking for an opponent in Northeast Mississippi.

The search ended with the Mantachie Mustangs.

“It really has to do with them being close,” Oak Hill coach Chris Craven said. “Most of the MAIS schools that we play that are relative to us are in our conference or already on our schedule, so we were looking to not travel across the state in order to pick up a game, so we looked into picking up Mantachie and Tupelo Christian this year.”

With Mantachie being a Class 2A team in the Mississippi High School Activities Association, Craven knows the Raiders have a big challenge ahead for tonight’s 7 p.m. kickoff.

Craven has gotten a good look at the Mustangs on film and was impressed with what he saw.

“Mantachie is a good ball club they have some good athletes,” Craven said. “Their game speed is a little different from ours and we are going to do all we can to make it a very competitive game and get after them.”

Oak Hill scrimmaged Pickens Academy last week in jamboree action and won 6-0 on a touchdown pass from quarterback Cameron Dill to wide receiver Brandon Stevenson.

Craven said the Raiders didn’t try to get too fancy on offense, but saw some good things out of a base offense that included four run plays and two pass plays.

“We just tried to get some guys in and get some work,” Craven said. “It seems we’ve learned our base offense and it seems we got some good work in.”