Oak Park holds off Ruskin

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 14, 2018 - 11:49 PM

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Oak Park scored in the 4th quarter to beat Ruskin 20-14. The Northmen were led by running back Phil Corbin as he ran for 2 touchdowns.

The Ruskin defense twice turned the ball over on downs, as the Northmen entered the red zone but could not punch it in.

Corbin took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for the first score of the game. Andrew Mahoney made the kick and the Northmen were up 7-0.

The Eagles defense forced a fumble, and it was recovered by Kristopher Boyd. A pass interference penalty kept the drive alive. Quarterback Carlo Terrell scrambled to his right and found Boyd in the end zone, for a 29-yard score. Naguib Nassir kick was no good and the Northmen were up by a point.

Northmen quarterback Blake Bland scored on a 3-yard keeper with just 1:36 left before half. Mahoney converted the kid and the Northmen led 14 - 6, at the break.

The Eagles thought they scored when Teron White intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards, but there was a block in the back penalty that nullified the score. Terrell moved his team down the field. Terrell looking to pass scrambled away from the pass rush and went down the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown run. The Eagles went for two and Terrell threw a pass in the flat to Laurence Hudson who juked his way into the end zone for the tie.

The Northmen appeared to have turned the ball, over on downs again, but the Eagles were called for a personal foul which kept the drive alive. Corbin scored his second touchdown from 11 yards out. The PAT was blocked, and the Northmen were up 20 - 14.

The Eagles fell just short Terrell hit White with a 35-yard pass down to the Northmen 5-yard line, but that was as close as they would get. After turning the ball over on downs, the Northman chewed up the clock to put the game away.

After the game Northmen coach Ken Clemons had nothing but respect for the Eagles, “We knew that they were a much better team, than they had shown on film the last three weeks, and they were. Those kids played hard, with dignity and class.”