Oakland broke open a close game in the third quarter to down Mt. Juliet 24-14.
The game was a slugfest in the first half, with the only score coming on a 21-yard Michael Turk field goal. He would miss one as time expired in the first half and the Patriots leading 3-0.
The Bears would take a 7-3 lead in the game, with 5:13 left in the third quarter on a 68-yard run by freshman quarterback Griffin Throneberry. That score awoke Oakland, who in wildcat formation, were led down field by Victor Stephenson:
That put Oakland up for good at 10-7. On the next drive, senior running back Jordan Brown broke open the game:
Brown finished the game with 189-yards on 20-carries and that touchdown.
Stephenson, who had 55-yards on 9-carries, would find the endzone again with 2:20 to play in the game on an eight-yard run. It was his second touchdown of the night. The Bears did add a score as time expired for the final of 24-14.
Oakland managed 374-yards of offense - 306 of that rushing and 68-passing. Mt. Juliet was held to 209-yards total offense with 149 of that coming on the ground.
The Patriots will host Blackman next Friday night in the quarterfinals, with a day after Thanksgiving semifinal game awaiting the winner. This is the 22nd year in a row and 25 of the last 26-years Rutherford County will have a team in at least the semifinals in the highest classification of Tennessee high school football.
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OAKLAND RUNNING BACK JORDAN BROWN
20-carries for 189-yards and a TD
OAKLAND ALL-PURPOSE PLAYER VICTOR STEPHENSON
9-carries for 55-yards and two TD's
Oakland 24, Mt. Juliet 14
Blackman 28, Hendersonville 14
Forrest 32, Eagleville 6
NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE (Playoff Quarterfinals)
Oakland hosts Blackman