Oxford 37, Harpursville 6
OXFORD – Oxford proved the point that “anything can happen on a football field.”
Winless through the first month of the season, the Blackhawks made a 180-degree turn with an implausible but completely satisfying blowout victory over Harpursville Friday night.
While everything the Blackhawks touched turned to gold, the Hornets bore little resemblance to a team that had over 400 yards of offense the past two weeks. A glimmering 3-1 mark entering Friday’s fray will need some new spit and polish. “Harpursville is a good football team,” said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie. “We’ve been able to create turnovers in every game, and finally we were able to capitalize on the other team’s mistakes.”
Travis Frank, the designated workhorse for Oxford, had three TD runs and one TD pass finishing with 211 yards on the ground. His six-yard halfback option pass to Jeremy Nelson in the corner of the endzone upped the margin to 12-0 in the first quarter.
Harpursville lone glimmer of well-executed offense came on a 49-yard TD pass from Ryan Dalpiaz to Todd Terpstra cutting the lead to 12-6 in the second quarter.
Oxford and Frank answered that score later in the quarter on a one-yard plunge.
The Blackhawks poured in the fourth quarter tacking on three more touchdowns. Frank and Brandon Shaw picked up rushing TDs, and Alex Marin capped a big day for the Oxford defense returning a 37-yard interception for the final score. Marin and John Wonka each had two interceptions, and Frank had the fifth pick-off. Frank, coming off a 17-tackle game the previous contest, recorded 20 tackles to spearhead the defense.
Aside from the quintet of interceptions, Harpursville had eight fumbles – mostly on center snaps to the quarterback – to continually stunt offensive possessions. “Going into the game, we felt that if we played well, we had a good chance to win,” Chrystie said. “We never thought we would have an offensive explosion and double our points. We took away the way they like to attack defenses, and forced them to pass more than they wanted.”
Score by quarters
Harp. 0 6 0 0—6
Oxf. 12 6 0 19—37
O: Travis Frank 24 run (Run failed)
O: Frank 6 pass to Jeremy Nelson (run failed)
H: Todd Terpstra 49 pass from Ryan Dalpiaz (kick failed)
O: Frank 1 run (pass failed)
O: Frank 45 run (Run failed)
O: Brandon Shaw 5 run (Kick failed)
O: Alex Marin 37 interception return (Marin kick)
First downs 10 7
Rushes-yds 28-64 46-266
Passing yds 103 6
Comp-att-int 6-19-5 1-6-1
Punts-avg 3-22 4-29.8
Fumbles-lost 8-1 3-1
Penalties-yds 7-41 4-20
Rushing: (O) Travis Frank, 30-211; Dylan Cole, 6-51; Brandon Shaw, 2-8; John Wonka, 8- (-4). (H) Tyler Boudreau, 14-55; Todd Terpstra, 5-36; Vic Coronado, 5-6; Russell Anderson, 1- (-6); Dalpiaz, 3- (-27).