By Greg Shoemaker
From the opening kickoff, the Oak Hills offense dominated Princeton, pushing the Vikings up and down the field on their way to 72-25 win at Betz Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The Highlanders, who held a 29-0 advantage midway through the second quarter, never let up after intermission, scoring 35 unanswered points in the third quarter.
It was one of the most dominating performances by an Oak Hills team in years and arguably their best-ever GMC performance.
The catalyst for the home team was quarterback, Matt Elliott. The senior dazzled the crowd, accounting for 347 yards (187 passing, 160 rushing) of total offense and throwing three touchdown passes.
Oak Hills (4-3, 3-1 GMC) racked up 535 yards of total offense. Demarco Ruffin and David Reddington each added 78 yards on the ground. Ruffin scored twice and Reddington once.
Brock Schubert had a rushing and a receiving score.
In the first two and a half minutes after break, the Highlanders’ Jason Walters found the end zone twice for the victors. Walters had a 7-yard run and a 61-yard punt return for touchdowns.
It wasn’t just the offense that stole the show for Oak Hills, as defensive back Khiren Beamon picked off Princeton quarterback Tyrell Gilbert three times. Beamon returned one of those 55 yards for a score in the third stanza.
Gilbert has been intercepted eight times and committed 10 turnovers in his last two outings. Those miscues have led to a tired Princeton defense that has allowed 128 combined points in that span.
One bright spot for the Vikings (2-5, 1-3) was receiver Elijah Ball, who caught seven passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Ball has 19 receptions for 324 yards over the past two games.
Oak Hills looks to run its winning streak to three as Middletown (1-6, 0-4) comes to the west side next Friday. Princeton will host Lakota West (6-1, 4-0).