Oakdale comes up short against Midway

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By Taylor Crombie

The Midway Green Wave handed the Eagles their first loss of the season in Friday’s regional contest, defeating Oakdale 37-14.

The Green Wave took a 3-0 lead on its first possession courtesy of a field goal, but Oakdale answered after a long drive and a pair of penalties against Midway.

The Eagles were already within striking distance when Midway’s defense drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to give Oakdale a first down on the 7-yard line.

Oakdale quarterback Nathen Arrowood connected with Taylor Braddock in the end zone, then ran in the 2-point conversion himself to give the Eagles an 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Midway came back quickly in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Gabe Moore to take a 10-8 lead.

The Green Wave did not really take control of the game until the end of the second quarter, though, when CJ Huff intercepted a pass from Arrowood on Oakdale’s 19-yard line and returned it for a touchdown with 2:47 on the clock. After the huge momentum shift in Midway’s favor, Moore ran another touchdown in on the Green Wave’s next drive to give them a 24-8 lead headed into half time.

“That really took some wind out of our sails,” Oakdale head coach J.R. Voyles said. “That’s one of those things, we have to bounce back from…I feel like we gave them both of those scores.

“We just didn’t execute in those really important situations.”

Midway added two more touchdowns in the second half to bring the score to 37-8. Moore connected with Ryan Clark for a 9-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, then ran in his third touchdown of the night in the fourth.

Moore threw for 238 yards with a touchdown pass and rushed for 55 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns.

The Eagles regained a bit of momentum towards the end of the fourth quarter and ended up scoring a touchdown on a short pass from Arrowood to Braddock. Midway stopped the 2-point conversion attempt and it was too late in the game for Oakdale to stage a real comeback, bringing the final score to 37-14 Midway.

Braddock was responsible for 73 of the Eagles’ 213 total yards on offense and four solo tackles on defense.

“[Braddock] is a tough kid,” Voyles said. “He’s a playmaker, no doubt, and they focused some of their sets to him to try to take him away a little bit, but he didn’t get frustrated…I expect that out of him, it’s just what he does. He shows up, he plays hard and he guts it out.”

The Eagles (2-1) will take on the Wartburg Bulldogs (0-3) for the first home game of the season. Even though it is a non-regional game, it’s still big game because of the county rivalry.

“It’s a good rivalry, it’s not nasty or anything like that,” Voyles said. “We get after one another, but at the end of the game we’ll shake hands and hope the other one does well the rest of the year.”