Oakdale Eagles fall to Midway

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By Goose Lindsay

The Oakdale Eagles dropped to 1-2 on the season following a 40-7 defeat at the hands of undefeated Midway (3-0) Friday night at Hollis Eble Field.

Midway scored all of its points in the first half Friday with all six of the team’s six touchdown’s covering 30 yards or more.

“Our kids played with effort but Midway is a very, very good football team,” Oakdale head coach JR Voyles said. “They’re extremely physical, their running backs run hard and get downhill, and they’re fast-paced on offense. We didn’t get our adjustments in fast enough and that’s on me and the coaches. That’s something we’ll get corrected this week in practice.”

Midway’s frantic pace was rough on an Eagle team with only 19 players, and many of those suffering from a stomach virus during the days leading up to the game.

“We need to get healthy. Not from an injury standpoint as much as we had a sick bug roll through this week,” Voyles said. “We have to get over that and get on the healthy side.”

Green Wave QB Jason Taylor, WR Hunter Mims and RB Caleb Burton did most of the damage for Ryen Minton’s squad on Friday. Taylor completed 7 of 14 passes for 221 yards with 4 TDs. Mims caught four passes for 165 yards with 3 TDs, while Burton added 117 yards and 2 TDs rushing.

Oakdale scored its touchdown late in the third quarter when Eli Solomon tossed a 25-yard pass to Eloy Vera. The score was set up by a 25-yard pass to Trevor Summers.

Garrett Miller booted through the PAT to make the final score 40-7.

“We had some positives,” Voyles said. “Eloy Vera scored his first touchdown and that was pretty neat for him to get his first high school touchdown. Trevor Summers had a big catch for a big gain and Caleb Willis ran the ball hard. Eli Solomon had another interception on defense.

“A lot of times I forget to mention Riley Tilson but he’s a good player for us. He shows up, doesn’t say much and plays football. I wish I had a truckload like him because he’s a hard-nosed kid that plays well.”

Next up for the Eagles is a trip to Wartburg to take on the Bulldogs. Voyles said it shouldn’t take much to get his team ready.

“There won’t be a need for an extra rah rah speech,” he said. “That’s a big county rival for us. You see Wartburg across from you and you’re ready to play.

“But it’s also a big week for us because we need to keep getting better that’s the next opportunity.”