The game of the year: Linganore vs. Oakdale in a season-defying match
October 5, 2018
Linganore (5-0) and Oakdale (4-0) face off tonight on October 5. Both teams are the top two teams in the county. The Lancers come into the contest with 239 points scored thus far in the season. Meanwhile, Oakdale’s Maurio Goings leads the Bears’ defense, only allowing 34 points scored on them in the season.
This game is much bigger than any other Friday night game. Not only is this the homecoming game, but this game will define each team’s season. This game, with so much hype around it, will put more pressure on every player involved than they’ve had all season.
“It’s gonna come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes,” said Coach O’Connor.
Linganore, the presiding 3A champs, have proven that they may go for a repeat for the championship title. Oakdale, meanwhile in the 2A division, could still affect the course of the Lancers’ season
Some key Oakdale players that Linganore needs to keep track of: Quarterback Collin Schlee is arguably the best QB in the state. He’s been a huge factor for Oakdale’s wins. Running back Simeon Sabvute is a very explosive back who can accelerate in an instant. Wide receivers and defensive backs Noah Miller and Blake Baxter are super athletic. They have a really good eye for the ball.
Linebacker Goings is, of course, going to be the biggest threat on the defensive side. He’s a ball hawk, always involved in the play whether it’s tackling someone or getting a sack. The Bears’ special teams are also a threat because of kicker Justin Ritter. He has kicked and made 50-yard field goals. While he has not made a 50 yarder in a game, he has proven to be a benefactor for the Bears.
The Lancers are going to have to step up their game. They didn’t perform as well as they could have against the Lions. Ryan Leyh threw two interceptions and had two delay of game penalties.
O’Connor said, “We’ve been working with Ryan, making sure he performs to his best ability. He just needs to go through his progressions and we’ll be fine.”