Statistics lie again

Oakley gained 445 yards vs. Smith Center tonight, 335 of those on the ground. The Plainsmen held the ball for 27 minutes, 16 seconds, racked up 19 first downs, and averaged 8.1 yards per play.

Meanwhile, the Redmen had only 10 first downs and a pedestrian 257 yards.

Yet the final score read Smith Center 35, Oakley 8.

Seven turnovers, three inside the red zone, will do that to you. Oakley learned that the hard way.

The Plainsmen fumbled three times inside the Smith Center 20-yard line in the second half. The first of those came at the Redmen 2 as it looked like Oakley was going to score its first touchdown and make a game of it. Instead, two plays later, Nick Lehmkuhl galloped 91 yards the other way for a Smith Center touchdown, and it was 28-0. Cue the fat lady.

Time for me to go back to Russell. I’ll get back on the blog then. So long for now.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on September 12, 2014, in Football, KSHSAA, Sports and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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