Homecoming night for Orangeburg Prep was a time of celebration as the Indians defeated the Oakbrook Prep Knights 60-0 on Friday.
OPS (4-2) honored the 1986 and 1987 state champions, who were a part of three consecutive state championships for the Indians, and then went about dominating Oakbrook (0-7).
Indian head football coach Andy Palmer knew getting a victory was important.
“It’s a good feeling for our 10 seniors on homecoming,” Palmer said. “We’ll enjoy it tonight; we will probably enjoy it all the way to Monday.”
The Indians were coming off of a bye week and looked well prepared for the game. Both the offense and the defense clicked.
Palmer attributed his team’s success to practice leading up to the game.
“We had eight good practices, that is the biggest thing,” Palmer said. “I compliment the kids and I compliment the coaching staff.”
“We had eight days to prepare for this team and that is unusual. So I think we were extremely prepared as far as what we wanted to do with fronts, stunts and coverages, and what we wanted to do in the run game,” Palmer said. “The kids came out and executed.”
The Indians played well from the start. The rushing attack was unstoppable and was responsible for all 60 of the OPS points.
Seven different Indians rushed the ball for a total of 411 yards.
The Indians scored three times in the first quarter, three times in the second quarter and once in the final quarter of play on offense.
Bill Metts led all OPS rushers with 195 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Andrew Brickle totaled 93 yards and two touchdowns. Chase Furtick and Hieu Ngo also got in on the scoring action, each with one rushing touchdown
On the other side of the ball, the Indians were just as dominant. They held the Knights’ offense scoreless and only allowed two first downs.
John Henry Reynolds had the highlight of the night on defense as he returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The Indians play host to defending SCISA 3A state champion Ben Lippen next Friday, which is senior day.
Palmer wants his seniors to go out on a positive note.
“We talk to them (seniors) about these being the checkpoints of their high school career,” Palmer said. “They just got through with homecoming, now senior night rolls up on them and we are going to make every effort to make sure we are going to fight, compete and do what we have to do,” Palmer said.