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>> View more scoresEDITOR'S NOTE: Scroll to the bottom for a video broadcast of the Romeo-Oxford game, produced by Soundque Multimedia. MIPrepZone's Keith Dunlap and Scott Burnstein called the game from Oxford. OXFORD – The expression that “the more things change, the more they stay the same” would easily apply to the Oxford football program, except for the fact that nothing changes at all. Friday’s season-opener against Romeo can best be described as typical Oxford, as the Wildcats did what they usually do when they are at their best. The Wildcats pounded the ball on offense, were tough and resilient on defense and made key plays on special teams to earn a 28-20 win over Romeo in a Week 1 matchup of two teams that could see each other again come playoff time. No stretch of the game epitomized what Oxford is all about under longtime head coach Bud Rowley then the first drive of the third quarter when the game was tied 14-14 at halftime. The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and slowly went down the field in torturous fashion for Romeo, mounting a 19-play, 82-yard touchdown drive that took 9:52 off of the clock. All of the 19 plays were running plays, the last being a 1-yard touchdown run by Glacier Wallington with 2:14 left in the third quarter to give Oxford a 21-14 lead. “We can do that kind of stuff,” said Rowley, decked out as always in his trademark yellow pants on game day. “We’ve got players and we work on that every day.” As much as that drive gave reason for Oxford to flex its muscles in triumph, it equally was like a knockdown blow to Romeo. “That obviously took a little bit out of our sails,” Romeo co-coach Jason Couch said. “Almost a 10-minute drive, that is almost a long time for you to be sitting on the sideline. But we had opportunities and we didn’t capitalize on all of them. I told the kids the big factor is how we improve between game one and two.” Just like it did when Oxford took 7-0 and 14-7 leads in the game, Romeo did answer after Oxford’s marathon drive, scoring with 10:23 remaining on an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior Paul Hurley to senior Trevor Atkinson to make it 21-20. But the extra point was blocked by Oxford’s Will Horn to keep Oxford in the lead. Oxford then took a 28-20 lead with 4:24 remaining on a 21-yard touchdown run by Scott Stubenrauch, which came after Oxford forced a Romeo punt deep in its own territory that resulted in Oxford taking over at the Romeo 21 following a short punt by the Bulldogs. Romeo had one last drive in the game, but was stopped on downs deep in its own territory and Oxford ran out the clock from there. Stubenrauch finished 123 yards rushing on 20 carries for the Wildcats, with 85 of those yards coming in the second half. “We were trying a different blocking scheme and the linemen did a great job in the second half,” Stubenrauch. “That was pretty much it. Linemen were great and I just ran where I had to.” Oxford took a 7-0 lead with 8:42 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Wallington, but Romeo tied the game at 7-7 with 2:22 remaining in the first on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Hurley to junior Mitch Heimbuch. The Wildcats regained the lead at 14-7 with 7:11 left in the first half on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Wallington to Horne, however Romeo tied the game at 14-14 with 4:23 to go in the first half on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Hurley to junior wideout Brad Tanner. Hurley went 19 of 28 passing for 191 yards in defeat for Romeo.
Romeo falls to Oxford, 28-20 PHOTO GALLERY
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