Oakland completed a second consecutive undefeated season on Saturday, defeating previously unbeaten Summit 43-26 to repeat as Class 6A state champions at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium. The Patriots end the 2021 season riding a 30-game winning streak, while Summit’s 25-game winning run was snapped with the loss.
Notes from the game:
How it went down: Summit led early, but Oakland (15-0) responded with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to lead 14-6 after one. A Keaten Wade touchdown pulled the Spartans (14-1) within two points before the Patriots responded with two more touchdowns to lead 28-12 at halftime. Summit pulled within 10 in the third quarter but Oakland found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Notable numbers: Oakland rolled up 508 total yards of offense in the victory, including 348 on the ground … The Patriots had 13 runs of 10 yards or more, while Summit had nine … Neither team went three-and-out in the contest and each side only punted once …The shortest scoring drive by either team was 53 yards.
Turning point: After Jordan James scored to put Oakland up 21-12 in the second quarter, Summit could not match it on the next series, gaining a first down before punting. Kade Hewitt found Khalil James for a 14-yard touchdown on the next series to extend the lead to 16 points.
Key performers: James was the game’s Most Valuable Player with 232 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 attempts, and he also caught two passes for 57 yards … Antonio Patterson rushed 14 times for 107 yards and two scores, caught a 71-yard touchdown pass and completed a two-point conversion pass to James … Hewitt went 6-for-9 for 160 yards and two touchdowns … Destin Wade rushed 27 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 8-of-19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown … Keaten Wade had nine carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, plus seven tackles (three solo) on defense … Brady Pierce caught a touchdown pass and finished with four receptions for 96 yards.