WEST POINT —
For the second consecutive week, the No. 8 Oakman Wildcats needed a big play in the final minute of the game to defeat a tough region opponent.
Last week, the Wildcat defense proved up to the task in turning away Aliceville on a critical two-point conversion to seal a 28-27 victory.
On Friday night against Cold Springs, it was the Oakman offense’s turn to step up — and with the game on the line, it was Jase Trotter’s time to shine.
The senior quarterback scored the game-winning touchdown with 21 seconds left in the game — one of six Trotter had on the night as Oakman held off the Eagles 42-38 at Hosea Collins Field.
Trotter led the Oakman offense with 388 total yards, connecting on 17 of 21 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 102 yards on 15 carries, scoring four touchdowns on the ground. Receivers Purvis Coger and Quinton Harris had great nights as well in contributing to the 412-yard offensive production. Coger had six catches for 119 yards, while Harris added 107 yards on six catches — scoring one touchdown through the air. Harris also rushed for a touchdown for his second score of the night.
Jake Jones led the Oakman defense with 10 tackles.
The Wildcats had its problems defensively with Cold Springs’ bruising running back Caleb Ellison, who rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries — but game clock management favored Oakman. Senior signal-caller Logan Campbell had yet another big night, rushing 33 times for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also completed two passes for 30 yards, made eight tackles and picked off a pass.
“My hat is off to Cold Springs — we couldn’t stop them all night and were more physical at the line of scrimmage than we were. It’s something we have to work on if we’re going to have any more wins this year,” Oakman coach Mark Hastings said. “Offensively, I can say enough about the veteran leadership of Jase Trotter and the play of our offensive line and receivers. We had a tough region fight against a very capable opponent and when we needed that leadership the most, they came through in a big way.”
% Story contributed by the Daily Mountain Eagle.