By Dan Stillwell
Register-Herald Sports Writer
It’s quite a burden for any defense to try to contain Oak Hill’s state player of the year candidate Jalen Jones.
Jarrell Green makes that problem infinitely worse.
Green, the Red Devil’s “other” super-quick running back, ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 73-yard pass from Deonte Scruggs for another as visiting Oak Hill downed Shady Spring 52-12 Friday night at H.B. Thomas Field.
“Jerrell’s a good back,” coach Eddie Souk said. “We didn’t have our fullback (K.K. Goodman, who was suspended), so we had to adjust for it. Jarrell gets around 80 or 90 yards a game.”
Jones, hampered somewhat by an ankle injury, still had a big game, particularly in the second half. He finished with 141 yards on 18 carries and scored one TD.
Oak Hill, 5-0 and rated No. 6 in Class AAA, had too many weapons against the Tigers, who fought tooth and nail in the first half, only to wear down against the Red Devils’ fierce onslaught.
Green popped into the end zone from 15 yards out to cap a nine-play, 60-yard opening drive. Shady returned the favor, going 64 yards on 10 plays, and getting a one-yard TD on a quarterback sneak by Tim Culicerto.
On their next possessions, both teams were stopped deep in the other’s territory. Oak Hill’s Deonte Scruggs threw an incomplete pass on 4th down at the Shady 18, and Culicerto’s 4th-and-goal aerial from the Oak Hill 6 was broken up.
“Last week at PikeView we were inside the 10 twice and didn’t score,” Tigers coach Vince Culicerto said. “Just getting it in there has been a problem. We get things ready to roll and can’t punch it in.”
Oak Hill posted a 15-yard scoring run from flanker Antonio Gray, and the long TD pass from Scruggs to Green, to make it 22-6 by halftime.
“We came out flat, but we made a few adjustments,” Souk said. “(The Tigers) were ready to play.”
Shady (1-5) marched 58 yards in five plays, culminating in a 15-yard TD pass from Culicerto to Steven Chhabra early in the third quarter. That would be Shady’s last gasp, as the Red Devils got touchdown runs from Scruggs and Green later in the period and added scoring carries by Antwon Smith and Jones in the fourth.
“We’ll take the victory. My hat’s off to Shady,” Souk said. “They played their hearts out. We were just a little too quick for them at the end.”
Oak Hill’s Scruggs threw just twice, while Culicerto was 7 of 22 through the air for 129 yards. He was intercepted once.
Tyler Hanson led the Tigers’ running attack with 69 yards on 16 carries. Joel White added 44 yards on 12 runs.
“I thought we moved the ball well, and defensively we started out hitting good,” Culicerto said. “Later in the game we were fighting back again. Oak Hill has so many weapons, and they’re hard to bring down. What I didn’t like was in the middle of the game we started arm-tackling.
Oak Hill returns to action next Friday at No. 5 Point Pleasant in a critical Class AAA showdown.
Shady Spring will get the week off before hosting Wyoming East Oct. 18 for homecoming.
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Oak Hill 52, Shady Spring 12
OH (5-0) 8 14 16 14 — 52
SS (1-5) 6 0 6 8 — 12
OH: Jalen Jones 15 run (Jones run), 7:23
SS: Tim Culicerto 1 run (Pass failed), 3:24
OH: Antonio Gray 15 run (Jones run), 7:23
OH: Jarrell Green 73 pas from Deonte Scruggs (Pass failed), 1:42
SS: Steven Chhabra 15 pass from Culicerto (Run failed), 10:08
OH: Deonte Scruggs (Jones run), 8:23
OH: Green 34 run (Green run), 4:15
OH: Antwon Smith 9 run (Pass failed), 11:54
OH: Jones 9 run (Gray run), 5:32
RUSHING — OH: Smith 6-48, Jones 18-141, Green 8-152, Scruggs 2-20, Gray 1-60, Alex Pondexter 3-(-4), Dakota Miller 5-12, Trenton Casto 1-1. SS: Culicerto 8-10, Joel White 12-44, Tyler Hanson 10-69, Elliot Halstead 3-10, Trace Farmer 2-10..
PASSING — OH: Scruggs 1-2-0, 73. SS: Culicerto 7-22-1, 129.
RECEIVING — OH: Green 1-73. SS: Hanson 4-65, Matt Plumley 1-16, Chhabra 2-48.
TAKEAWAYS — OH: D.D. Outterbridge (int.), Paul Rowe (fum. rec.). SS: None.