It was the same story, different week for Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville's football team Friday night (Oct. 18).
As they have often this season, OPH fell behind early and could never find a way to catch up in a 58-14 loss at Georgetown-Ridge Farm.
Two touchdowns in the first 2:28 of the game put OPH behind 14-0 and they never recovered. OPH trailed 20-0 at the end of the first quarter, then Georgetown-Ridge Farm scored twice more in the first three minutes of the second quarter to extend its lead to 34-6.
On a plus note, OPH was able to put some points on the board in the first half, as Jonathan McPherson returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to make the score 34-6 with 8:50 remaining in the first half.
However, Georgetown-Ridge Farm was not done scoring, as they tacked on three more touchdowns and three two-point conversions before halftime to extend their advantage to 58-6 at intermission.
The clock ran continuously for the entire second half due to the IHSA's 40-point mercy rule, but OPH was able to tack on another score, as Trey Williams had a four-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and ran in the two-point conversion to reach the final margin.
For the game, OPH was outgained 454-101, with 363 of Georgetown-Ridge Farm's yards coming on the ground.
All of OPH's yards were rushing, as quarterbacks Levi Beard and Williams combined to go 0-7 passing. Gavin Postlewaite led OPH with 75 yards rushing on 16 attempts, while Reeve Dennis ran for 22 yards in 12 carries and Williams added a rushing touchdown.
Gavan Shelton led Georgetown-Ridge Farm with 226 yards rushing and three touchdowns in just seven carries. Chaze Rowell ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns and Logan Dawson completed all three of his passes for 91 yards, including 76 yards and two touchdowns going to Trayvion Brown.
Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville 0 6 0 8 - 14
Georgetown-Ridge Farm 20 38 0 0 - 58
GRF 1Q (11:36) Logan Dawson 21 pass to Trayvion Brown (conversion good)
GRF 1Q (9:32) Gavan Shelton 20 run (conversion failed)
GRF 1Q (3:34) Chaze Rowell 13 run (conversion failed)
GRF 2Q (11:35) Noah Gordon 1 run (conversion failed)
GRF 2Q (9:05) Shelton 2 run (conversion good)
OPH 2Q (8:50) Jonathan McPherson 75 kickoff return (conversion failed)
GRF 2Q (8:29) Shelton 60 run (conversion good)
GRF 2Q (6:14) Dawson 55 pass to Brown (conversion good)
GRF 2Q (1:14) Rowell 56 run (conversion good)
OPH 4Q (11:53) Trey Williams 4 run (run good)
First Downs 4 15
Rushes-Yds 34-101 23-363
Passes-Yds 0-7-0 3-3-91
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yds 5-12 2-25
Rushing - (OPH) Gavin Postlewaite 16-75, Reeve Dennis 12-22, K.J. Davis 1-4, Trey Williams 5-0. (GRF) Gavan Shelton 7-226, Chaze Rowell 3-74, Logan Dawson 5-52, Gavin Castonguay 4-8, Hayden Weaver 1-2, Noah Gordon 3-1.
Passing - (OPH) Levi Beard 0-4-0-0TD-2INT; Trey Williams 0-3-0-0TD-1INT. (GRF) Logan Dawson 3-3-91-2TD-0INT.
Defense - (OPH) James McPhersnon 1 solo tackle, 1 fumble recovery; Reeve Dennis 5 solo tackles, 1 assist; Dillon Salee 4 solo tackle, 2 assists; Weston Benton 4 solo tackles, 1 assist; K.J. Davis 4 solo tackles, 2 assists; Blake Girdner 3 solo tackles; Jonathan McPherson 2 solo tackles, 1 assist; Linus Bay 2 solo tackles, 1 assist; Tucker Pruitt 2 solo tackles.