Saturday, October 23, 1999
OAK HILLS 37, McNICHOLAS 13
Highlanders stake claim to postseason
BY PETE HOLTERMANN
The writing was on the wall at Oak Hills High School on Friday night. Styrofoam cups smashed into the chain-link fence opposite the Oak Hills stands spelled out: We win we're in!
Oak Hills' Brad Sandlin celebrates teammate Steve Webb's TD.
(Saed Hindash photo)
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The Highlanders (7-2), virtually assured of a playoff spot with a victory, rolled over McNicholas 37-13.
Oak Hills, ranked No.6 in Division I in the Enquirer coaches poll, wasted no time getting on the board when Alex Arinsmier ran 66 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.
McNick (6-3), No.5 in Divisions II-VI, squandered its first four possessions on two punts, an interception and a botched fake punt. Oak Hills took full advantage, scoring 31 points before the Rockets had even registered a first down.
We had three tough road games the past three weeks, so to come out and take care of business in the first half felt really good, Oak Hills coach Steve Sheehan said.
McNick, a team that came into the game averaging 343.2 yards a game on offense, thrives on passing but set out to establish the run early.
I didn't want to do the same thing we did last week when we passed too much, McNicholas coach John Rodenberg said. I wanted to use the run to establish something to set up the pass for later.
The Rockets, however, couldn't move the ball early, tallying just 7 yards in the first quarter.
The Highlanders controlled the game with the run after the first quarter, recording 292 yards rushing en route to 320 total yards.
Oak Hills came into the game feeling that one victory in the season's two final games would secure a playoff berth. With a home game against Elder looming next weekend, the Highlanders wanted to seal up things this weekend.
After the last three weeks, (the playoffs) really became a reality for us, Sheehan said. We just wanted to get it done, and we did.
So when the game was over, the Oak Hills students rearranged the cups to say: We won we're in!
McNicholas ....... 0 7 6 013
Oak Hills ....... 24 7 0 637
O-Arinsmier 66 run (Richmond kick)
O-Richmond 35 FG
O-Sellet 1 run (Richmond kick)
O-Webb 30 pass from Menchen (Richmond kick)
O-Paff 36 run (Richmond kick)
M-Pastura 13 run (Moore kick)
M-Schneider 18 pass from Cupito (conversion failed)
O-Menchen 37 run (conversion failed)
Records: M 6-3, O 7-2
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