NELSONVILLE – The Oak Hill Oaks found themselves on a downhill slide Friday night in a 37-0 loss to the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes in a non-league contest. It was a night where offensive production was hard to come by for Oaks, who fell to 1-4 on the season.

The Buckeyes, though, found several different ways to score to improve to 2-3 overall.

“You could kind of tell from the very beginning things were not going to go right,” said Oak Hill head coach Paul Carver. “We have to regroup and do the little things right and get ready for Valley next week.”

Nelsonville-York’s quarterback Drew Carter ran for two touchdowns and threw for one in the win. The Buckeyes also scored on an interception return, a long 60-yard run, and a safety.

Conversely, the Buckeyes lost points on a missed 27-yard field goal and a fumble in the end zone that resulted in a touchback. 

Braylon Howell also picked off a pass for the Oaks, and they recovered a fumble with 27 seconds left.

Masen Saunders led the Oaks in rushing with 46 yards, all in the second half. Howell had 25 yards, including nine off a fake punt that the Oaks converted in the first half.

Through the air, Darrick Boggs was 2 of 7 for 18 yards. Nate Clutters had a seven-yard catch, while Howell having one reception for 11 yards. Oak Hill punter Garrett McKinnis had punts of 52, 40, and 14 yards.

The Oaks were limited to five first downs for the game, while Nelsonville York had 12.

As Coach Carver stated, trouble began for the Oaks from the opening kickoff.

Oak Hill’s drive, which began at its eight-yard line, didn’t go well, as they were forced to punt. However, a bad snap went over the head of McKinniss, and the young punter could do, is scoop up the ball and run it out of the end zone for a safety.

The Buckeyes wasted little time widening the gap, as Carter scored on a seven-yard keeper at the 7:38 mark to take a 9-0 lead.

The Buckeye signal-caller was at it again on Nelsonville-York’s next series, as he had a three-yard touchdown run with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter to extend their lead to 16-0.

The second quarter did not bode well for the Oaks, as Nelsonville-York’s Jarrod Justice had a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown with 11:51 to play in the second quarter. The extra point was good, and the hosts held a 23-0 advantage.

The Oaks defensive unit came up with a gem when Howell intercepted a pass with 9:32 left, but Oak Hill’s offense but the Oaks could not generate any points.

The interception did not phase Carter, as he hit Keegan Swope on an 18-yard strike with 3:08 remaining before halftime.

The Buckeyes were not done as they drove the ball deep into Oak Hill territory, but the Oaks’ defense held, and the Buckeyes missed on a 27-yard field goal attempt.

With Nelsonville-York leading 30-0 at the half, the running clock was in effect throughout the second half.

The Buckeyes would find the end zone only once in the second half on a 60-yard scamper by Tommy Mitchell with 6:11 left in the third quarter.

Coach Carver played his reserve unit the entire second half to give those players some experience. Oak Hill did receive some good defensive play from Evan Fisher and Dylan Vegas, along with Aden Ford.

The Oaks will have to shake off Friday’s loss and regroup before making the trip to Lucasville Valley to open Southern Ohio Conference Division II play next week.