It was yet another dominant performance on the ground Friday, led by running back Ryan O’Leary, that helped the Oak Hall Eagles soar to an impressive 49-18 homecoming win over the St. Johns Country Day Spartans.

Oak Hall opened its first possession with an unstoppable running attack from O’Leary, who capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles would strike once again early in the first quarter as a fumble by the Spartans helped set up Oak Hall in great field position. Freshman quarterback Cole Gonzales would waste no time in moving the ball, completing a 31-yard pass down the sidelines and giving senior fullback Thomas George the opportunity to reach the end zone from 2 yards out, giving the Eagles the 14-0 advantage.

St. Johns Country Day responded on its next possession, as an aggressive ground game gave Eli Morton the chance to rush in for a 4-yard touchdown and cut the lead to 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Thomas George was the first to reach the end zone in the second quarter, scoring for the second time on a 2-yard rush to extend the Eagles’ lead to 21-6. Gonzales added his name to the scoring sheet on Oak Hall’s next possession, carrying the football on a sneak for a 10-yard touchdown.

 O’Leary reached the end zone for the second time on a 36-yard touchdown to push the Oak Hall lead to 35-6. After a defensive stop, Gonzales would connect with O’Leary through the air for a 36-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles complete control with a 42-6 lead.

With a running clock for a majority of the second half, St. Johns Country Day was unable to build on any kind of momentum to keep up with the fast-pace offense that Oak Hall had displayed in the first half, as well as overcome the strong defensive effort that the Eagles brought.

O’Leary reached the end zone for the fourth time with an 8-yard rushing nearly three minutes into the third quarter.

“We focused, played well and won the line of scrimmage,” Oak Hall interim coach RJ Fuhr said. “We’re young, so we keep learning to be in this situation and how to keep a lead. But I’m proud of the guys, because they’ve been through a lot and faced a lot of adversity, but they’re growing up.” 

Bell 14, Trenton 12: At Trenton, Mitchell Moore, after scoring on a 26-yard run, threw a 2-point conversion pass to Brandon Ovwigho to lift Bell (2-5) to the win over the Tigers (1-6). Wyatt Thornton had a 6-yard run for the Bulldogs. 

Oak Hall 49, St. Johns Country Day 18 

Oak Hall; 14;28;7;0—49

St. Johns Country Day; 6;6;0;6—18

OH- Ryan O’Leary 8 run (JP Dallazem kick)

OH- Thomas George 2 run (Dallazem kick)

SJ- Eli Morton 4 run (2-point conversion fail)

OH- Thomas George 2 run (Dallazem kick)

OH- Cole Gonzales 10 run (Dallazem kick)

OH- O’Leary 36 run (Dallazem kick)

OH- O’Leary 36 pass from Gonzales (Dallazem kick)

SJ- Matthew Kelley 82 pass from Max Monroe (2-point conversion fail)

OH- O’Leary 8 run (Dallazem kick)

SJ- Kelley 82 run (kick no good)