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Oak Mtn soars past Chelsea to kickoff 2018

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Birmingham, AL – The Oak Mountain Eagles season opener served as a coming out party for first year signal caller Evan Smith. The freshman ended the contest just shy of the century mark both through the air and on the ground as he lead the Eagles to a 42-9 drubbing of the Chelsea Hornets to kickoff the 2018 season.  

Smith got the Eagle offense going early as he connected with Noah Young from just inside the Chelsea 50 yard line setting up a a Luke Percer seven yard touchdown run putting the home team up 7-0 in the early going.  

On the Eagles next offensive possession, Smith capped the drive by calling his own number and bolting into the endzone from 30 yards out.  A few ticks later in the 2nd quarter the freshman pulled the ball down again, this time scoring from the 11 hardline.  

Smith hooked up with Trey Allen from just beyond the Chelsea redzone to give the Eagles a commanding 28-0 advantage heading into the break.   

Early in the 3rd, Eagles defender Zane Nelson scored on a scoop six, snagging a Hornet fumble and scampering into the endzone from inside the Chelsea 20 yard line. 

With just under two quarters to play, Oak Mountain lead their neighbors to the south 35-0.  

The Hornets lit up the scoreboard for the first time later in the 3rd as an Eagles snap sailed through the endzone putting Chelsea on the board 35-2.  

Oak Mountain returned the favor on a Smith to Cole Thomas 25 yard scoring strike extending the Eagle lead to 42-2.  Chelsea capped the game with their only offensive score of the contest late in the match as senior quarterback Turner Griffin connected with Andrew Bartlewski for a 24 yard touchdown.  

The final tally, Oak Mountain 42, Chelsea 9.  

Freshman Eagles quarterback Evan Smith ended the game with 95 yards passing, connecting on seven of nine attempts and two scores through the air while rushing for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.  

Oak Mountain senior signal caller Turner Griffin closed out the night completing 10 of 20 passes for 20 yards and a score.  

Chelsea returns to action next week hosting arch rival and 2017 5A state runner-up Briarwood Christian.  Oak Mountain takes a week off before stepping into 7A region 3 play on the road at Hewitt-Trussville.