Monday, October 20, 2008

ATH: The OLH Machine

Have mercy
By Colin Wilson, The Daily Times, Published October 20, 2008

It’s only its third year as a program, but the Our Lady of the Hills football team has looked like a seasoned juggernaut of a football program this season.

Saturday’s 53-0 win over First Baptist Christian Academy was just another sign that the Hawks are no longer an upstart six-man program, but a team that has high expectations for itself.

First Baptist was a late addition to OLH’s schedule when Our Lady of Grace cancelled in August. And the challenge they’d hoped for in their last tuneup before next week’s district opener became the Hawks’ sixth win by mercy rule.

“It’s important because its momentum building,” said OLH coach Tony Bushong.

The Warriors struggled mightily out of the gate, and OLH (6-1) seized every opportunity it was given.

The first two drives resulted in fumbles inside the 20-yard line. One was converted into a J.D. Salinas touchdown run, and the other was scooped up and run back for a touchdown by Patrick Gutierrez.

Quarterback Brock Bushong connected on touchdown passes to Tim Hofmann and Austin Reyes. He finished the day 6-of-8 passing with 73 yards.

Bushong didn’t log a rushing attempt, but spent plenty of time running around the backfield waiting for an open man while eluding Warrior defenders.

Scott Neuburger threw for a touchdown pass on a double reverse pass to J.J. Reyna for 51 yards and caught a lateral attempt in the end zone for a defensive touchdown.

The play was one of the only times the Hawks were able to get creative because of limited offensive opportunities.

“We were going to try to run a lot of different stuff,” Bushong said. “The offense didn’t get to do much of anything.”

Ben Gregory rounded out the scoring in the second quarter with a 5-yard run.

The Hawks held First Baptist to 13 yards of offense and no first downs and forced three turnovers.

Spencer Brown was 5-of-6 on extra point attempts.

Bushong said his team practiced very well coming into the First Baptist game, and he hopes it carries over into next week’s district opener with Christian Academy of San Antonio.

“It’s a district game, and they’re going to come out fighting, he said. “Hopefully next week is going to be a battle.”

The Hawks and Rams kickoff Saturday at noon.

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