Oak Ridge senior Jacob Berven blocked a punt inside the McMinn County 10-yard line, giving the Wildcats a chance to tie the football game with about two minutes remaining.
But Oak Ridge was unable to convert that blocked punt into a score, and the Wildcats’ season ended in a 24-17 first-round playoff loss to the Cherokees on Friday. The Wildcats were unable to score when McMinn County stopped Oak Ridge quarterback Hayden Tarwater two yards short of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play with 3.2 seconds left.
The season-ending defeat came a week after the Wildcats played their best game, a 48-21 win over region rival Campbell County.
Oak Ridge got credit for not giving up this season, even in the final minutes, despite their 3-8 losing record.[Read more…]