It's games like these that can turn a season around. At least that's what Oak Harbor is hoping is the case.
After suffering a 43-21 loss to Genoa last week, the Oak Harbor Rockets rallied from 14-0 and 21-14 deficits to defeat Eastwood, 28-21, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Eagles controlled the game for much of the first half, taking a 14-point lead until Oak Harbor rallied to take the lead for good on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Austin Wiegand to Ben Genzman early in the fourth quarter on its way to a 28-21 victory.
The Rockets' final drive was set when the Eagles gave up the ball to Oak Harbor at the Eastwood 36 yard line. The Rockets converted two fourth downs on the drive, the first coming on fourth-and-5 at the Eagles' 31 when Wiegand hit A.J. Cecil for 12 yards to move the chains. Four plays later, Wiegand’s sneak up the middle on fourth-and-1 gave Oak Harbor a first-and-goal at the 7.
“I was proud of the way our kids battled back,” Oak Harbor head coach Mike May said. “Our offensive line played really well, and Ben Genzman and our receivers blocked well.”
Running back Mark Konieczny finished with 244 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown. One of the area's top running backs, Konieczny has rushed for over 200 yards twice this season and for a total of 577 rushing yards in three games.
Two key plays came in the second quarter when Wiegand and Cecil connected on two long touchdowns, the first coming on a 55-yard pass on third-and-25 and the other coming from 48 yards out with under a minute left before halftime. The two scores swung momentum in Oak Harbor's favor and allowed them to get back into the contest.
The Eagles, who fell to 0-3 with the loss, established control at the line of scrimmage early, forcing the Rockets into a three-and-out on the opening drive and answering by driving the field and scoring on a 17-yard run by Isaiah Conkle. After forcing another punt, Eastwood pushed the lead to 14-0 on a 42-yard run by Sklyar Dierker.