Following a three-game home stand that produced three victories the Oak Hill Oaks will go on the road Saturday night to take on the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans in a SOC Division I matchup at storied Spartan Stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The Titans, who finished 7-3 last year, will come into this game with a 1-3 record. After opening the season with a 41-6 loss to Southern they picked up a 20-18 overtime win over Millersport before losing 36-6 to Fayetteville, West Virginia, and come into Saturday's encounter off a 40-6 loss to the Eastern Eagles.
The Oaks are coming in at 4-1, and off a 41-0 shutout of the Symmes Valley Vikings Friday night at Davis Stadium. They have won three games in a row after opening the season with a 28-21 loss to the Chesapeake Panthers.
Oak Hill owns a 22-8 edge in the series and have won the last five encounters, including a 32-24 win last season at home. The Oaks w to on that contest when Caleb Johnson found Wes Mullett in the end zone with a last-minute touchdown.
The last Oaks loss to Notre Dame came in 2011 when the Titans took a 32-21 decision at Spartan Stadium.
On the Titan field they own a 10-5 edge in the series, where four of the last five losses by Oak Hill have come. Oak Hill's last win at Spartan Stadium will came in 2015 and the Oaks won 20-6.
The Titans would seem to have a big disadvantage coming into this game with only a 17-man roster that includes just two seniors and 10 freshmen. They are most experienced on the offense and defensive lines, but nearly everyone goes both ways.
In the backfield Notre Dame lost two key players in Isaiah Johnson and Stan Kayser, who combined for nearly 2,800 yards last season. Their key returnee to the backfield is Ben Mader whose main job last season was as a blocking back for the other two runners.
As has been the fact in the past three games for the Oaks this too is expected to be a game played mostly on the ground. Both teams rely on the rushing attack for the majority of their offense.
"This is a fundamentally strong football team that is well coach," said Oak Hill head coach Nathan Dugan. "Despite the fact that they are low in numbers, they are a team that is fundamentally strong and will play hard for all four quarters. We will not be able to let up at any time during the game if we expect to win."