The Ovilla Christian School Eagles won their first regular season game in school history Saturday night in Avalon against the Waco Vanguard Vikings.
The Eagles controlled most of the contest and pulled out the 28-19 victory.
“The guys played very hard for four quarters in tough conditions and learned how to overcome some adversity and come out on top,” OCS coach Greg Hayes said. “It’s a building block and this is a game we will never forget, getting our first win in the rain and mud. I’m very proud of the guys.”
Played on a muddy, rain-drenched gridiron, OCS got off to a fast start with a touchdown on a well-executed halfback option pass from Griffin Glenn to Matt Humphrey for 65 yards.
The Eagles added to the score with a seven-yard sweep run by Austin Thorn. Bradley Polley nailed the point after for a OCS 14-0 second-quarter lead.
Field conditions deteriorated as the quarter went on. The Vikings got on the board with a fourth-down busted play on a fumbled ball and a tipped pass into the end zone.
After an OCS fumble, the Vikings put a drive together and scored on a quarterback scramble to cut the Eagle lead to 14-12 at the half.
The second half was a test of will and grit as the field conditions worsened.
Vanguard continued to run their spread offense with little positive results. They attempted 28 passes and completed only eight. OCS held the Vikings to only 123 total yards on the night.
“Our defense showed much improvement in our tackling and team pursuit,” OCS defensive coordinator Todd Alexander said. “It looks like we are gaining momentum for a strong finish.”
In the third quarter, Thorn broke through the Vanguard line for a 42-yard, mud-splashing romp for a touchdown, Polley added the point after and OCS owned a 22-12 lead.
Things got tight when the Eagles turned the ball over resulting in a Waco score and extra point, to pull the Vikings within three points of the Eagles at 22-19.
With five minutes left in the game, OCS went on an old-school football drive for the ages. Running senior tail backs Glenn and Humphrey right at the Vanguard defense, the Eagles logged a 12-play drive as Zach Fitch, Cole Alexander and Preston Hornung drove the Waco front backwards. Glenn capped the drive with a six-yard score, sealing the game for OCS.
“On that last drive, we wanted to ram the ball right at them and put a winning drive together, and the team did it,” Hayes said.
The Eagles ran the ball 40 times for 280 yards on the night, led by Thorn’s 105, followed by Glenn’s 101 and Humphrey’s 61.
Humphrey added two catches for 69 yards. Glenn threw one touchdown pass.
The OCS defense played an outstanding game. Glenn led the way with 13 tackles, two sacks and two pass defenses.
Humphrey booked 13 tackles also, three for losses and knocked down two passes. Mitchell Todd added nine tackles, Lucas Chester had six stops and Cole Harris added a sack.
Trevor Fowler, Fitch, Caleb Henley and Hornung played well in the secondary.
The team’s coach is thankful for the opportunity to lead his team this year.
“We are so blessed that our school administration has allowed us to play this great game, and we want to do our school and community proud,” Hayes said.
OCS plays again Friday night at Dallas Winston at 6 p.m.