Evening Sun Report
Oxford 34, Newfield 12
NEWFIELD – Oxford scored on its first three possessions of the second half, and in the meantime stopped a fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter to squelch a Newfield drive and move over the .500 mark for the first time this season (3-2).
Scott Shackelton scored on two TD runs in the second half and finished with a career-high 165 yards rushing. Eric Betts added a 50-yard dash in the third quarter to pull away.
“We ran the ball pretty effectively, and the second half was about as well as we have played offensively this season,” said Oxford coach John Curtis.
Newfield’s Mike Armstrong scored on a 47-yard run, and Dylan Shults hauled a 11-yard TD pass from Armstrong early in the second quarter to give the hosts a 12-7 lead.
Trevor Nelson caught a 20-yard TD pass from Steve Locke for the go-ahead points, and Locke finished 7-for-11 for 120 yards. Ian Grundner added a five-yard TD in the first quarter.
Defensively, Oxford allowed 259 yards – most of those coming in the first half. Dustin Christophersen was credited with three sacks.
First downs 15 12
Rushes-yds 50-285 36-142
Passing yds 120 117
Comp-att-int 7-13-0 9-18-1
Punts-avg 2-33.5 3-23.5
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yds 11-85 3-20
Rushing: (O) Scott Shackelton, 20-165; E. Betts, 4-65; I. Grundner, 3-26; S. Locke, 7-14; T. Nelson, 3-13; K. Smith, 2-2; P. Wade, 1-(-5). (N) S. Miller, 14-46; M. Armstrong, 12-70; M. Kastenhuber, 4-9; C. Snyder, 4-17; M. Gregg, 2-0.
Passing: (O) S. Locke, 7-12-0, 120 yds TD, A. Champlin, 0-1-0. (N) Mike Armstrong, 9-18-1, 117 yds, TD.
Receiving: (O) John Witchella, 3-59; M. Begeal, 1-31; T. Nelson, 1-20; B. Burdick, 2-10. (N) Dillon Shults, 5-76; Aaron Catlin, 3-43; Chauncey Snyder, 1-(-2).
Score by quarters
Oxf. 7 6 13 7–34
New. 6 6 0 0–12
O: Grundner 5 run (J. Vincent kick)
N: Armstrong 47 run (kick failed)
N: Schults 11 pass from Armstrong (run failed)
O: Nelson 20 pass from Locke (Vincent kick)
O: Shackelton 5 run (kick failed)
O: Betts 50 run (Vincent kick)
O: Shackelton 9 run (Vincent kick)
Sidney 40, Greene 20
SIDNEY – Sidney isn’t blowing people away like it did in last year’s state title run, but it still is making more than enough plays to continue an unbeaten streak that is now at 16 games.
The Warriors, who scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the first half, added two late touchdowns in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away from previously-unbeaten Greene (4-1). “In the second half, Sidney won the line of scrimmage,” said Greene coach Tim Paske, noting the difference in the game. “We were right there at 26-20 going into the final minutes, but sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way. We still control our own destiny (to make the playoffs), and our focus is on winning our next game.”