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Oaks take advantage of Vikings’ poor tackling to get win

The two keys in football are blocking and tackling. The Symmes Valley Vikings handled the blocking part, but as for the tackling …

The Vikings didn’t make the necessary tackles and as a result the Oak Hill Oaks ran away with a 56-7 Southern Ohio Conference win Friday night.

“We have some guys in some new spots, but that’s not an excuse. We didn’t play well and we didn’t tackle well. Against good football teams, you have to play well,” said Vikings coach Rusty Webb.

Symmes Valley (4-4, 1-2) ran for 153 yards on 57 carries and had 209 total yards, but the Oaks finished with 326yards rushing and 127 more passing.

“We didn’t execute on offense and we didn’t tackle on defense,” said Webb.

Justin Fisher, who ran 23 times for 247 yards, scored twice to start the game as he rambled 31 and 49 yards.

Ethan Lewis returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown and Jesse Slone hit Joey Maynard with a 28-yard pass as the Oaks built a 28-0 first quarter lead.

Weston Hale ran 8 yards for a touchdown as the Oaks went up 35-0 with 6:11 left in the first half.

The Vikings got on the scoreboard as time expired in the second quarter when Cody Myers hit Tyler Eathom with a 32-yard pass.

Hale had a 21-yard scoring run with 7:37 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by a 15-yard pass to Maynard.

Slone and Maynard also hooked up for the conversion and it was 43-7.

The Oaks (5-3, 2-1) tried to add to their total later in the quarter, but the Vikings’ defense force two incomplete passes and snuffed out a reverse to force a punt.

However, the Oaks got the ball back and Fisher scored with 1:54 let in the quarter on a 9-yard run.

The Oaks’ first team was able to put a final score on the board after the Vikings turned the ball over on downs. Fisher bolted 60 yards for the touchdown with 10:18 to play and it was 56-7.

Oak Hill 28 7 14 7 = 56

Symmes Valley 0 7 0 0 = 7

First Quarter

OH – Justin Fisher 31 run (kick blocked) 9:46

OH – Justin Fisher 49 run (Devin Smith pass from Jesse Slone) 7:14

OH – Ethan Lewis 41 interception return (Dylan Lewis kick) 6:29

OH – Joey Maynard 28 pass from Jesse Slone (Dylan Lewis kick) 0:59

Second Quarter

OH – Weston Hale 8 run (Dylan Lewis kick) 6:11

SV – Tyler Easthom 32 pass from Cody Myers (Cody Bland kick) 0:00 9-60

Third Quarter

OH – Weston Hale 21 run (Joey Maynard pass from Jesse Slone) 7:37 15-yard pass to Maynard

OH – Justin Fisher 9 run (kick failed) 1:54

Fourth Quarter

OH – Justin Fisher 60 run (Dylan Lewis kick) 10:18 SV turned ball over

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OH SV

First downs 19 12

Rushes-yards 32-326 57-153

Passing yards 127 56

Total yards 453 209

Cmp-Att-Int 9-14-0 3-6-1

Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2

Penalties-yards 6-40 3-37

Punts-average 2-16.5 2-31.5

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING–Oak Hill: Justin Fisher 12-247, Weston Hale 8-65. Symmes Valley: Tyler Easthom 8-34, Evan Herrell 13-47, Kyle Bowen 16-52, Jesse Graybeal 1-1, Nathan Dockery 3-11, C.J. Blankenship 4-10, Cody Myers 12-minus 20.

PASSING–Oak Hill: Jesse Slone 9-14-0 127, Dylan Lewis 0-1-0. Symmes Valley: Cody Myers 3-6-1 32.

RECEIVING–Oak Hill: Joey Maynard 5-90, J.D. Hale 3-34, Justin Fisher 1-3. Oak Hill: Tyler Easthom 2-44, Wayne Meade 1-12.