Independence and Oakland both hope to compete for Tennessee’s 6-A state title in 2017.
In their opener, the Eagles learned they’ve got a long way to go to get there.
Oakland walloped Independence, 38-6, in a game in which the Eagles trailed from start to finish.
The Eagles’ downfall came down to two things: inability to stop Oakland’s running attack, and failure to mount consistent offensve.
Oakland led by 18 at the break, and little went right for Independence in either half.
After Oakland’s Timmy Goodrich opened the game with a scoring run, Independence quarterback Nathan Cisco threw an interception under duress. The Patriots returned the ball inside the 20, setting up an Aaron Sears field goal that made it 10-0.
With 1:33 in the first half, Independence finally got on the board when Isaiah Collier caught 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cisco, cutting the score to 24-6 at the break.
But Oakland did a terrific job controlling the game on the ground, and holding Independence’s star receiving duo of T.J. Sheffield and Kendrell Scurry down.