Asked if it was an expected performance, Warrior head coach Drew Causey did not hesitate.
“That’s exactly what we expected,” Causey said. “I feel like we’ve got a great team. They really love each other and play hard for each other. It’s a great group to be around.”
Causey’s Warriors looked like the dominant team from the get-go. Using 6-foot-4 Jack Harris at running back in the team’s “jumbo package”, Oak Grove marched down the field on their first possession. Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee capped the opening drive off with a 6-yard touchdown run. The lead only grew from there.
Plumlee followed with touchdown passes to Deltarus Thompson and Kevin Barnett, while Hayes Maples, another facet of the jumbo package, scored on a 3-yard run. Brennan Sobiesk added a 35-yard field goal.
After all of that, Oak Grove took a 31-0 lead into halftime. Offensive balance was not a problem for the Warriors on this night.
“We’re just going to try and take what we get offensively and just execute,” Causey explained. “We’ve got a lot of different things we do off our running game. So if they want to give us a pass off of it, we’ll take that. We feel like we’ve got guys that can take it to the house at any point.”
Purvis finally got on the board in game’s third quarter when running back Jon Bolton scored on a 79-yard scamper. Oak Grove added two more touchdowns after that on another Plumlee-to-Barnett connection and a touchdown run from Tyler Taylor, the team’s backup running back to Orlando Simon, who did not play. Even so, the Warriors won by 38 points.
“Orlando will be back Monday,” Causey said. “He was upset he couldn’t play, so I know he’s chomping at the bit.”
Oak Grove will look to make it 2-0 next Friday night when they play host to Wayne County. Causey says now more than ever he’s looking to his seniors to lead the way and set the tone.
“I’m going to lean on those guys this week and make sure everybody shows back up Monday locked in because we have a great football team coming to play us at home,” Causey concluded. “Wayne County is a really exceptional football team. We’re going to have our hands full.”
Purvis (0-1) will look to bounce back at home against West Marion.