The No. 6 Gold Beach football team’s playoff run came to an unexpected end when No. 11 Oakland upset them by a score of 46-14 on their own home turf Friday evening.
The Oakers (5-3 overall, 1-3 Mountain View Conference) put up two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead at the half and never relinquished their lead the rest of the way against the Panthers (6-2 overall, 5-0 league).
Throughout the night, the Panther’s simply found themselves outperformed on both ends of the ball. Their run game was effectively bottled up by the Oakers, and Panthers could not register any pass completions to move the ball downfield.
The Oakers bested the Panthers at their own game, with the majority of their seven touchdowns coming from running senior running back Andrew Harrington. Oakland’s 46 points were the second-most the Panthers have allowed all season.
Moreover, the 14-0 lead at halftime could have very well been a three-five touchdown lead for the Oakers, as the Panthers had three fumble recoveries from behind their own 20-yard line.
In the third quarter, the Panthers managed to get on the board off a 54 yard dash by senior running back Trevor Walker with 8:59 remaining. In the same quarter, junior wide receiver Brandon Seuser-Smith picked the ball up on a broken play and rushed 65 yards into the endzone to give the Panthers their second and final touchdown of the game.
The Oakers lead was never threatened however, and they strolled into the fourth quarter carrying a 33-14 lead, and punctuated their win with two more scoring drives in the final two minutes of regulation.
Pilot correspondent Randy Robbins contributed to this report.