HARPURSVILLE – A closer score than most would have thought at the half, Harpursville used a methodical attack to close out the 26-0 homecoming win over visiting division opponent, Oxford, this past Saturday.
Harpursville-Afton, now a Class D playoff bound team, punched their ticket in front of the Hornet crowd one last time – shutting out Oxford on Saturday, October 14.
“We haven’t won and that is extremely disappointing, but we’re not folding, we’re going to keep pushing forward and I truly believe good things will be coming. So, we’re just going to keep going,” said Oxford head coach Jon Carey. “Harpursville came out ready to play, they had a playoff spot on the line, and they executed and were able to have less mistakes than we did. There is a classy coach over there, he is one of the best in Section IV, in my opinion. He prepares his kids well.”
Oxford impressively held the Hornets to a 0-0 score in the opening quarter – but things unraveled in the second quarter after losing a two-way starter and watching the Harpursville-Afton rushing attack heat up.
“Our first quarter, we held them and had a very long sustaining first possession, we just couldn’t capitalize. Second quarter, our starting left guard and left outside linebacker, Aidian Ingraham, got hurt, and that really hurt us. We are taking a two-way starter out of the game, especially on the line, it is tough to overcome that. The guys that came in really did a nice job, but we really missed Aidian out there, he is a senior he is a leader, he was a captain yesterday. It was unfortunate that he went out, but he should be good to play next week,” said coach Carey. “They were running around the outside; our guys were just not fast enough. At one point, we switched so our strong safety just shadowed him, he was just too quick for him.”