CENTRAL – Jae’lon Oglesby set the tone for Friday’s Wren-Daniel game on the first play from scrimmage.
With the ball on the Lions’ 33, Oglesby broke away at the line of scrimmage and ran 67 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of six touchdowns for the Daniel senior who rushed for 294 yards before coming out of the game for good at the end of the third quarter in a 66-28 win over the Golden Hurricanes at Singleton field.scored the first of his six touchdowns and finshed with 294 yards as the Lions jumped out to a 31-7 lead and coasted to victory.
Wren coach Jeff Tate sought out Oglesby to congratulate him.
“I just wanted to congratulate him and tell him he is one of the best backs in 34 years of high school football,” Tate said. “He plays the game the way you’re supposed to play it. He scores touchdowns, gives it to the official and gets ready to run the next play.”
Oglesby’s performance overshadowed Wren quarterback Kelly Bryant, who had 350 total yards, tossing three touchdowns and running for another.
“You have to tip your hat to those guys,” Tate said. “We did not play well on defense. We struggled to score. We scored some points, but it was difficult. They are a great football team. We didn’t play well tonight. They had a lot to do with that.”
Daniel coach Randy Robinson said giving opportunities to Oglesby was part of the game plan.
“All week long in practice we had some things we thought we could take advantage of,” Robinson said of Oglesby’s play which included five rushing touchdowns – three of which were for 40 yards or more. “He hit the hole tonight. I haven’t seen him hit the hole like that all year.”
Oglesby scored on a 67-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to give the Lions a quick 7-0 lead. By the end of the first period, Daniel had added a field goal from Christian Groomes and a 5-yard touchdown from Austin Barnes to go up 17-7.
The Lions scored the first two touchdowns in the second period on a 29-yard run by Barnes and a touchdown pass from Andy McCall to Noah Preisch to take a 31-7 lead. Wren quarterback Kelly Bryant hit Christian Merritt on two touchdowns in the period, but Oglesby responded with a 65-yard scoring run and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from McCall as part of a 28-point second quarter to take a 45-21 lead at halftime.
Oglesby scored three touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of 42, 11, and 46 yards. He had a total of 118 yards in the third quarter, and did not play in the final period.
On defense, the Lions held Bryant to just 59 yards rushing a week after he rushed for more than 200 against Seneca, but Bryant did throw for nearly 300 yards. Robinson said the plan to contain Bryant “backfired on us.”
“We were so concerned keeping him in the pocket, we let him get comfortable back there,” Robinson said. “We didn’t do a good job preparing our kids. That’s my fault; we’ll fix that next time.”
Oglesby called Friday’s game over the Hurricanes, “a very important important region game.”
“We know we we’ve got B-HP next week, so we wanted to set the tone.”