Oakland strikes early, shuts out La Vergne 14-0

Nick Griesbach, Murfreesboro Post

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Oakland's Lazarius Petterson looks for an open hole to run through against La Vergne in the Rutherford County Jamboree. Photo by Ethan Scott/Murfreesboro Post

The nightcap of the Rutherford County Jamboree saw Oakland shut out La Vergne 14-0 last Friday night.

The Patriots took a 7-0 lead on their first possession when quarterback Brendon Matthews found receiver Shun Reed racing down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown completion.

"I saw Reed take a great first step and he beat his dude off the line and he just went up and got the football," Matthews said.

Added Reed: "When I came off the ball I faded to my fade line and I let it fall in and just took my eyes to it, and it was a great catch and I just ran it in for a touchdown."

For Oakland senior safety/receiver Jacoby Stevens, who committed to LSU last week, he said it was exciting to be back on the field.

"It's just great just being able to get back to feeling what a game feels like my senior year, and it feels good," he said. "We got to see a lot of people play and see what they can do in the season, and we just proved that we have depth and that we have more than one playmaker on the team.

"It's exciting. I can't wait to play real football and put it all out there and show them what we have."

The Patriot defense proved to be a force as well as they bent to the Wolverines offensive attack, yet did not break forcing a punt in their own territory.

Running back Jeron Rooks ended a 94-yard touchdown drive for the Patriots last score of the game.

The game was sealed at the beginning of the second half when Patriots cornerback Zarius Gamble intercepted a pass on his team's own 27-yard line to shut down any momentum the Wolverines were able to build.