OHATCHEE — For the third time in their three games this season, Ohatchee rolled to a lopsided victory. This time is was Class 2A, Region 6 opponent, Cleveland, which fell to the Indians 45-6.
Ohatchee, which won its first two games by 33 and 35 points, scored a touchdown on its first five offensive drives Friday night.
Cleveland reached Ohatchee’s 3-yard line on the opening drive of the game before turning it over on downs, and that was the extent of the first half success for the Panthers. The Indians marched 97 yards back down the field, capping the drive with a Domonique Thomas 27-yard sprint, and never looked back. Ohatchee scored the first 35 points before Cleveland got on the scoreboard.
Thomas, a junior running back, piled up yardage for the Indians, finishing with 210 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. Thomas also caught Ohatchee’s lone pass of the night, a 26-yard touchdown strike from Grayson Alward, 34 seconds before the half to put the Indians up 28-0 at the break.
What to know
—Ohatchee started the game with two straight 97-yard drives for touchdowns. After a punt pinned Ohatchee deep, Cam McCombs rushed once for 2 yards, then rumbled 95 yards down the field into the end zone on the next play. McCombs finished with 102 yards and a touchdown on just four carries.
—The Indians outgained Cleveland on offense 313-46 in the first half and 472-92 overall. A quick-strike offense paired with a suffocating defense led to a dominant first half for Ohatchee in the stats and on the scoreboard.
—Ohatchee quarterback Grayson Alward attempted and completed just one pass, which went for a touchdown. But he also rushed for 82 yards and a score.
—Cleveland’s lone score of the night came on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Green to Da'Quarrius Phillips.
—Ohatchee’s Landon Harrell was a perfect 6-6 on extra points, and the senior converted on one of his two field goal attempts.
—Ohatchee coach Scott Martin on his team’s offensive attack: “Domonique’s a great player, but we’ve got three really good skill players in the backfield. With our starters, we’ve got a three-headed monster in Domonique, Alward and McCombs. You can take away some of those guys, but I don’t think you can take away all of them.”
—Martin on Ohatchee’s defense: “People think that we are built around our offense, but we’re really not. We’re built around a good, solid defense. We had a great game-plan, and I was very comfortable going into the week and felt like we could have a big night defensively.
—Ohatchee’s Thomas on his big offensive night: “It felt good being able to make big plays for my team, and I just want to thank my linemen for making holes for me. Tonight felt pretty good, but I can always do better. I can’t get satisfied.”
—With the win, Ohatchee improved to 3-0, including a 2-0 mark in Region 6 play. The Indians will hit the road for another region game next week against Westbrook Christian. Cleveland (2-1, 1-1) will return home to face Ranburne.