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|Eagles host Hornets|
The Ouachita Christian School Eagles will host the Rayville Hornets at Eagles Stadium on Friday following a stellar opening to the season.
OCS beat Class 4A Franklin Parish High School 42-30 last week to begin the 2011 football season. The win was the first win in OCS history over a team three classifications above OCS.
"It feels real good to get that first win," OCS head coach Steven Fitzhugh said. "That first win is the hardest one to get. This is a good football team that we beat."
The teams traded punts in the opening frame as neither offense made a lot of progress.
OCS got a good drive going in the final two minutes of the quarter that saw them punch it in on the first play of the second quarter to take a 7-0 advantage off of a Colby Webb six-yard touchdown run.
Webb finished the game with 34 yards on four carries. Josh Greer was the leading OCS rusher with 73 yards on 12 carries.
OCS extended their lead to 13-0 when Tyler Carter picked off a Demarquise Robinson pass and raced 40 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The Patriots would answer minutes later as running back Noble Johnson broke free and scored from 12-yards out to cut the lead to 13-6. The two point conversion run was no good.
OCS would put all good feelings to rest for the Patriots in the final 35 seconds as Mark Laird returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield. He then caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Quin Graves seconds later to put OCS on top 20-6 at the half time break.
The offense would make some noise for Franklin Parish in the fourth quarter, but in the third stanza it was silent.
The OCS defense held FPHS scoreless in the third quarter while extending their own lead to 27-6 off a six-yard touchdown pass from Graves to Jordan Washam.
Graves finished the game 15-of-22 for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
The Patriots then started to make a run as they scored 24 points in the final 10:55 of the game. The catalyst of the offensive explosion was quarterback Steven Williams who entered the game in the second half and took control.
A fumble by OCS turned into fourth-quarter points as Tyler Spears returned the fumble six yards for a touchdown.
Johnson picked up his second score of the game just four minutes later on a seven-yard run.
OCS was able to put the game out of reach with 4:11 remaining when Graves found Brice Gillikin for a nine-yard touchdown strike.
"They got on us in the second half," Fitzhugh said. "We have to be able to close games out in the second half to reach the goals we want to reach this year. We were up 28-6 at halftime and we have to be able to close teams out and play better in the second half."
Deon White closed the scoring for the Patriots with 3:12 remaining with a 12-yard touchdown catch from Williams.
Williams was 5-of-6 for 141 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
Graves threw three touchdown passes for OCS. Going back to the jamboree game against Oak Grove, Graves has thrown seven touchdowns in two games this year.
Now the Eagles turn their attention to Rayville Hornets who opened their season last Friday with a 34-6 win over the Oak Grove Tigers. The game will broadcast on the radio by KHLL 100.9 FM at 7 p.m.
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