Oak Hall holds on late to earn second win of season

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.

A rainy first half Friday night may have been the best thing that could have happened to the Oak Hall Eagles during high school football win over the St. Francis Catholic Wolves.

Despite a slippery playing field, muddy conditions and a puddle of standing water near the 50-yard line, Oak Hall (2-3) picked up its second win this season with a 17-14 victory.

At first, the Eagles made gaining a comfortable lead look easy. By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles sat comfortably with a 14-0 lead.

Quarterback Danny Stirt had rushed for the first touchdown and found receiver Brad Pita for the second one with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

Stirt made it 17-0 with a field goal in the third quarter.

Then, the Eagles had to hold off St. Francis (1-5).

After a slow first half in which St. Francis had only 20 yards of total offense, the Wolves shook off the drizzle and launched a two-touchdown comeback in a drier fourth quarter that left fans squirming anxiously in their seats at each careless mistake that could cost the game.

After scoring 14 points on two passes to St. Francis receiver Steve Bunde, the Wolves' final opportunity to level the score or take the led came with four minutes left in the game.

They swiftly drove down the field, but after an unsuccessful three downs, were left with a fourth-and-5 situation.

Wolves quarterback Tommy Ferry's pass was knocked down by Stirt.

Oak Hall regained possession from there and let the clock dwindle away to victory.

“We controlled the first half well,” Oak Hall coach Scott McDaniel said. “We had to fight through some adversity in the second half, but you have to give them credit for fighting.”

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