Senior running backs Kobe Fields and Elijah Bugg each scored one last time for the Phoenix Friday in their final regular season game against the Columbia Raiders.
Fields ran the ball 60 yards to score with under five minutes to play in the fourth quarter and Bugg weaved in and out of the Raiders defense to carry the ball 80 yards for a touchdown before time ran out.
“We thought it was important to give them their full opportunity for four quarters,” Law said. “It’s great to get those guys into the endzone one more time where a lot of great memories have happened for them.”
Despite the running backs’ strong final quarter performance on Senior Night, Oberlin dropped a 49-13 loss to Columbia.
The Raiders scored on their second drive of the game as their ground attack broke down the Phoenix defense.
Oberlin’s Mark Robinson Jr. caught an 18-yard pass to earn his team its first down of the game with under three minutes to play in the first quarter and sparked the Phoenix offense. Junior quarterback David Payne completed a 22-yard pass to Bugg to move his team to the 42 yard line, but the drive sputtered.
Columbia had a 28-0 lead over Oberlin by the end of the first quarter.
A 63-yard pass to Bugg late in the second quarter put the Phoenix on the 12 yard line and Bugg moved the ball six yards closer to the endzone. Yet the Raiders refused to give up six points and held the line at 49-0 at the half.
“We knew what we were getting into with this Columbia team,” Law said. “We knew they were a good football team and it was going to be a struggle offensively but I think the real issue was us not being able to stop their run game and they’re great at it and that’s why they are an undefeated team currently.”
Law said he told his players at halftime they need to give their all in the last two quarters. You only get to play in so many high school football games, he said.
“I think our kids took advantage of it,” the second-year head coach said.
The Phoenix defense stepped up in the final two quarters, not giving up another touchdown. The offensive linemen were able to make holes for their running backs to find the endzone.
“The seniors were able to hold this team together and the credit goes to them and what they’ve been able to do for this program,” Law said.
Oberlin finished the season 2-8 overall.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Quarterback David Payne kneels in front of his offense to call the first play of the game.