Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Senior Kobe Feilds finds an opening on the oustide in this file photo from earlier in the season.
Senior Kobe Fields’ 45-yard touchdown run in the second half Friday secured the Phoenix their first win of the season.
Oberlin, on the road two hours away, came back from a seven-point deficit in a rainy, wet game to defeat the Hardin Northern Polar Bears 27-13.
Head coach Michael Law said despite the long trip his players were mentally focused on the game.
That was certainly true of Oberlin quarterback David Payne, who threw two spot-on touchdown passes and went 9-of-15 passing. Early on, Payne completed a 35-yard pass to Journey Toole to tie the game 7-7.
Law said the defense did a great job stopping Hardin Northern’s run game and continues to improve on the defensive line.
Sophomore Devin Yarber returned a 90-yard punt return to put the Phoenix within five yards of the goal and Elijah Bugg powered through the Polar Bear defense for a touchdown.
Oberlin’s offense marched down the field and Payne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Toole to put the Phoenix up by seven.
“It was a good game for us to beat a 2-0 team,” said Law, whose boys improved to 1-2.
The Phoenix will travel to Wellington to face the Dukes at 7 p.m. Friday in a Patriot Athletic Conference game.
Law expects this week’s game to be very big for his team because the Dukes defeated New London last week 17-14, a team Oberlin lost to in their first game.
He said Wellington is a team that throws the ball a lot instead of running like most teams.
“It’s something we’ve had a lot of success against because not many teams throw the ball on us,” Law said. He expects his defense to be able to shut down the Dukes passing game and Payne to lead the offense swiftly down the field.
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