P.K. Yonge, Hawthorne win going away

An explosive second-half performance Friday proved to be too much for the young Oak Hall Eagles as they fell to the visiting St. Joseph Academy Flashes 28-6.

Oak Hall showed some promising signs early in the first half, driving the ball down the field, but was unable to capitalize on the good field position to get the ball across the goal line.

Instead, the Eagles (2-1) settled for two field goals by JP Dallazem for a 6-0 lead. The Oak Hall defense would hold its own in the first half, forcing St. Joseph to punt in nearly every possession to help preserve the 6-0 halftime lead.

St. Joseph (4-0) would respond in the second half, putting up 28 unanswered points. Senior quarterback Dylan Thibault was the first to reach the end zone for the Flashes after escaping the pocket and rushing in for a 48-yard touchdown to put St. Joseph on top 7-6 with 7:18 left in the third quarter. Thibault would later reach the end zone once again on a 10-yard rushing touchdown to further extend the St. Joseph lead to 14-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Senior running back James Drysdale also helped carry the load for the Flashes, rushing in for a 41-yard touchdown to give St. Joseph a commanding 21-6 lead with 10:51 left in the third quarter. Drysdale would reach the end zone for a second time, this time an 8-yard rush in the fourth quarter.

“This is a very young football team, and we said that the second half was going to be something that this group has not experienced yet,” Oak Hall coach Matthew DiBernardo said. “Even though we got banged up a little bit in this game, I do think we’re a better football team right now, even with the loss.”

P.K. Yonge 76, Bronson 0: At P.K. Yonge, thanks to turnovers, the Blue Wave (3-1) were all over the Eagles (0-3) from the jump, leading 27-0 after the first half, and led 47-0 with 7:03 still remaining in the first half. Scoring for PKY in the early blitz were Israel Wilcox (60-yard catch, 1 run, 58 run), Jacobi Byrd (20 catch), Pernell Sylvester (37 run), Phillip Miller (30 run) and Taylor Kendrick (10 run). P.K. Yonge led 54-0 at the half.

Hawthorne 60, Bell 0: At Hawthorne, the Hornets (4-0) ran away from the Bulldogs (1-3) from the start, leading 48-0 at the half, as quarterback Kahleil Jackson had five touchdown passes, three to wide receiver Jeremiah James. A running clock was in effect in the second half. Uveekie Fields rushed seven times for 101 yards and a TD. He also blocked a punt and recovered it for a score. For the game, Jackson completed 14 of 20 passes for 321 yards and six TD passes. Devonte Bowie also had four catches for 93 yards and two TDs and 139 all-purpose yards.

Oak Hall; 3;3;0;0;— 6

St. Joseph; 0;0;14;14;—28

OH- Jp Dallazem kick

OH- Jp Dallazem kick

SJA- Dylan Thibault 48 run (kick good)

SJA- Dylan Thibault 10 run (kick good)

SJA- James Drysdale 41 run (kick good)

SJA- James Drysdale 8 run (kick good)