Gordo Green Wave Dominates Oakman, 29-7
On a night where rain was forecast most of the day, the football gods intervened, and the Gordo Green Wave was able to put on a dominating performance, breaking in their brand new field for 2021.
Despite an early mishap on their opening drive which resulted in a fumble recovery for Oakman, the Green Wave quickly imposed their will, retuning possession to their offense just two plays later after #13 Christopher Neel intercepted Oakman quarterback #3 Baylor Odom; his first of two.
On the ensuing drive, Gordo quarterback and Oregon commit, Tanner Bailey, guided his team down the field, making a big time play on a third and long to extend the drive. The senior quarterback evaded pressure from Oakman's pass rush and extended the play with his feet, rolling out to his right where he was able to find #1 Kohl Summerville for a huge gain to put them in scoring position.
A few plays later, despite solid from effort from the simply outmatched Oakman, Gordo scored their first touchdown of the evening; a fourth and goal completion from the 12 yard-line to #12 Caleb Jennings.
Despite Oakman cutting the gap to just seven early in the third quarter off a touchdown pass from Odom, the game never appeared to be within reach for the Wildcats. Bailey finished the night with just over 150 yards through the air and two touchdowns and running back, #25 Rayshawn Williams, finished with two touchdowns as well.
Although the Oregon commit put on a great week one performance, extending plays with his legs and directing traffic downfield to find his receivers, the story of the night was the suffocating Gordo defense. Over the course of the game, the Green Wave racked up eight sacks and provided heavy pressure for Odom all night. One one drive, late in the second half, the Gordo defense produced three straight sacks, forcing Oakman to a brutal three-and-out.
Head Coach Ryan Lolley, following the victory was complimentary of his team's effort, saying, "I liked our effort and our energy. I thought we played extremely hard. I think Oakman has a great football team and we've got to continue to work to be our best team."
The Green Wave made their case as a team to watch out for this season, and if their defense continues to play like it did against Oakman, will likely see another deep playoff run similar to last year. Gordo continues their 2021 season next week in a road game against the 1-0 Aliceville Yellow Jackets.