HS Football: College Park rolls past Oak Ridge
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- College Park made a statement in the 35-7 win over Oak Ridge on Friday night. At 7-1 and 4-0 in District 13-6A, the Cavaliers are a win away from a district title and one of their best regular-season records since 2007.
CP was impressive on both sides of the ball in the win over the War Eagles. Defensively, the Cavaliers put the clamps on The Ridge for four quarters. Seven points is the lowest score Oak Ridge has been held to all season. The defense set the tone on the opening drive of the game. For the second week in a row, DB Marcus Scott II and the College Park D/ST scored a game-changing touchdown. Scott II snagged a ball tipped by LB Harrison Helton and returned it for a 35-yard touchdown.
Just like the defense, the Cavaliers’ offense continued to make explosive plays for the second straight week. WIth QB Ty Buckmon out with an ankle injury, the Cavs turned to Hank Hudson and the offense didn’t miss a beat. Hudson quickly reminded everyone that he is a starting-caliber quarterback on CP’s first drive. Hudson and the WOL Sports Player of the Game, WR Holden Rook, linked up on a beautiful throw and catch for a 50-yard touchdown to put College Park up two scores midway through the first.
It was a rough night for Oak Ridge as they just could not find a way to unlock the smothering CP defense. A week after scoring 44 points in the win over Willis and a monster performance by RB Alton McCaskill, the Oak Ridge run game was completely bottled up by the Cavaliers. The lone bright spot for the War Eagles came late in the first quarter. QB Steve Smedley connected with WR Landon Lightsey for a 20-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.
Rook has really emerged as a playmaker for the Cavaliers over the last two weeks. Last week against Conroe, Rook recorded 108 yds and one TD. This week, he improved that to 152 yards and two scores. He even showed up on the defensive side of the stat sheet. Rook ripped the ball out of War Eagles DB Sammy Keith’s hands after Keith came down with an interception. That great effort set up WR Alex Brigman’s first touchdown run at the end of the first half.
The Cavaliers continued to dominate on both sides of the ball in the second half. After a sack by LB Dylan Hazen, Brigman found the end zone for the second time late in the third quarter. Then, DB Curt Evangelister’s second INT in two weeks, set up another bomb by Hudson to Rook. The duo struck up the CP band on a 76-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on a dominant win.
College Park moves to 4-0 in district play, setting up a showdown with their biggest rival, The Woodlands, for the District 13-6A title.
Oak Ridge falls to 2-2 in the district and will take on Grand Oaks for the first time ever.