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November 30, 2012

H.S. Football: Abbott runs by Oakwood into state semifinals

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MEXIA —

From that point on, it was all Abbott.

Abbott forced Oakwood turnovers on the next three drives, and turned those all into touchdowns to take a 47-20 lead in a matter of minutes off of the game clock.

Abbott ran its offense to near perfection, and many times Oakwood never got a hand on the ball carrier as they rambled for 20, 30 and even 50 yards at a time.

“They execute, offensively, better than anyone we’ve ever played,” Heckathorn said. “(Their blockers) get on you and stay on you until the back gets by. That’s what the game is all about.”

The Oakwood rushing game was relatively non-existent, as the Panthers ran for only 48 yards on 16 carries.

Couple that with three Oakwood fumbles and it all but eliminated the desire for the Panthers to run the ball.

Oakwood did find some success passing the ball, both with Durham and without him.

In place of Durham, freshman David Allen performed admirably, but lacked the mobility in the pocket that allows Durham to be a rushing threat from Oakwood’s spread offense, which opens up passing lanes.

Durham was 4-of-6 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown in the short time he played, while Allen was 10-17 for 109 yards.

“He’s just a freshman, and he was back there throwing it around,” Heckathorn said. “He had the pick, but that was him just throwing it to somebody that was covered.”

But Oakwood simply wasn’t any match for Abbott, which reeled off big play after big play with relative ease.

Russell ran for 202 yards on 10 carries for Abbott, while Beims finished with 111 yards on only five carries.

Total, Abbott ran for 361 yards on 18 carries, and only threw the ball three times.

Johnson led Oakwood’s receivers with 88 yards on five catches, while Caldwell caught three passes for 82 yards.

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