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Football Lookahead: Tyler Consolidated Plays Host to Oak Glen

October 4, 2012
By JOSH STROPE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Oak Glen travels to Middlebourne on Friday to take on Tyler Consolidated in a battle of two teams coming off must-needed victories and teams both likely needing to win out to make the playoffs.

The Golden Bears are 24th in the latest WVSSAC rankings and there isn't a lot of room to pick up points. Oak Glen didn't drop Tyler Consolidated or Magnolia when they dropped to Class A, so there isn't a lot to gain there. It plays East Liverpool and Class AAA Point Pleasant as well.

''With our schedule, if we don't win out, we aren't going to make it,'' Oak Glen coach Ian Whittington said. ''I don't think 6-4 will get us in so we have to play every game like it's our last.

''The playoffs have already started for us.''

Oak Glen had lost three in a row before topping rival Weir last week. The mood in the Golden Bears locker room is much better, but there is still work to be done.

''We are feeling a lot better, but we are nowhere near where we want to be,'' Whittington said. ''The Weir win was huge for us because it was a rivalry and hopefully that gets us on a roll.

''I liked how our defense dominated, but the offense was a little sluggish in the first half. The second half was much better and hopefully that continues Friday.''

The Silver Knights are coming off their first victory, two weeks ago defeating Calhoun County after dropping their first four.

In that game, Hunter LeMasters returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Alex Doak returned a kickoff for a score.

Doak also caught a 33-yard touchdown strike from LeMasters.

''(Doak) is their big-play guy and their offense is centered around him,'' Whittington said. ''They put him in the backfield, line him up in the slot. He is real fast and he can score.

''Tyler is not too small but they are not as big as us. We want to use our size and that hasn't really worked the past couple weeks the way we wanted it too until last week.''

Oak Glen was able to get quarterback Bub Haddox back against the Red Riders after missing the previous week with an injury.

Haddox rushed for 78 yards and three scores, while teammate Tyler Steed handled the bulk of the load, rushing 14 times for 166 and two scores.

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