Oakland Tech 42, Skyline 26
Ryan Murphy might have had his problems, but the Bulldogs’ senior running back made plays when it mattered in an Oakland Athletic League win over the visiting Titans. Murphy scored four touchdowns, two of them on kickoff returns to overcome early fumble problems.
“You have to have short term memory in football,” Murphy said. “You have to forget the bad plays and come back with a big one. My teammates stayed by my side and even though I fumbled a few times they kept telling me it was okay.”
Turnovers helped give Skyline an early 12-0 lead, but Murphy returned a kick 83 yards for a score to get the Bulldogs rolling.
Oakland Tech (6-2, 2-1 OAL) scored 28 unanswered points to lead 28-12 at halftime. Even when the Titans (2-6, 1-2) cut the lead to 28-18, Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a score. He also scored on runs of 19 and 9 yards while rushing for 117 yards.
“This was a must win for us,” Murphy said. “Last week we came out flat and it left a bad taste in our mouth.”
Skyline had receiving touchdowns of 49 and 11 yards by Darquis Rucker, and a 13-yard rushing and a 29-yard receiving touchdown by Ryan Norris.
Jake Southworth stretched his ongoing season streak of successful PAT’s to 20, validating the addition of the kicking game to Tech’s arsenal this year.
By Matt Smith
CC Times, 10/30/2009