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OAKLEAF LOSES 30T THRILLER VS LINCOLN IN 1ST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

Updated: Nov 12, 2018


KAMARI MORALES. KESHAWN KING. AND HEAD COACH QUINN GRAY

Gene Cox Stadium, Tallahassee Florida-

The 5-6 Oakleaf Knights traveled to Tallahassee to face the 3x state champ 7-4 Lincoln Trojans in Thursday night 7A playoff action. Oakleaf would limp into the postseason for the first time since 2014, after losing 4 of their remaining 5 regular season games by a combined score of 213 - 167. The Knights offense would be led by VA-Tech commit and North East Florida's leading rusher Keshawn King (1,758 - 26 TDs), sophomore signal caller Walt Tre Simmons (2,075 - 18 TDs), and his favorite target Sean Washington

(823 - 6 TDs). After totaling 500yds 4 times, and averaging 40 points per game on the year, including an 69 point outburst vs Bartram Trail, many believed a Knights victory would hinge on another stellar performance by their offense. The Trojans led by Sr. QB Chris Beard would come into the contest looking to get things turned around as well after dropping their final 2 games to Raines, and county rival Godby Cougars.

Keshawn King Highlights vs Lincoln

https://youtu.be/SnbrA4RS21k




After driving 70yds, Keshawn King would put the Knights on the board 1st with a 2yd TD run on their opening possession of the game. The Knights would take the 7-0 with 6:14 to play in the 1st quarter. Trojans' Caleb Matthews would return the ensuing kickoff to the 50. Sage Ennis would haul in a deep pass, but the play would be negated due to an offensive pass interference call. The Trojans would fail to advance the ball and be forced to punt for the 2nd time of the 1st quarter. The Trojans' defense would come away with a crucial 3rd and 2 stop on Oakleaf to force a punt with 2:01 to play in the 1st period. Sage Ennis 4th and 1 conversion would set up his 12yd TD catch from QB Chris Beard. The game would be tied 7-7 with 6:12 to play in the 2nd period. On the Knights' ensuing possession Keshawn King's 30yd go ahead Td run would give Oakleaf the 14-7 lead with 4:15 to play in the 1st half. Lincoln would be faced with a pivotal 4th down moment, and Trojans' Head Coach Quinn Gray would afford his team every opportunity to be great as he called a fake punt on 4th and 3 in which Lincoln would execute when Kamari Morales hit Caleb Matthews for 30yds to extend the drive. The gamble by Coach Gray would continue to pay dividends as Sage Ennis capped the drive with a 1yd TD run to even the game back up at 14 with 1:56 in the half. After forcing a quick 3 and out, The Trojans' would have 1:12 to drive 50yds. Chris Beard would hit Marko Skarica on a 20yd play to give the Trojans a opportunity to take a late 2nd half lead, but K Zane Almeter would miss a 27yd FG attempt wide right. The score would be 14-14 at the half.





To start the 3rd period, the Trojans' defense would come away with their 1st turnover of the game by forcing a Keshawn King fumble, but their offense would quickly go 3 and out. Faced with another 4th down decision, Coach Gray would call another fake punt. The Trojans would fail to convert the fake and turn the ball over on downs. Walt Simmons, And Keshawn King would drive the Knights to the 13, but the promising drive would stall and Oakleaf would miss the subsequent go ahead 29yd FG attempt. After receiving the ball back on a punt, and looking to give his team a spark, Oakleaf's Head Coach Frank Garis would dig into his back of tricks and call his own version of a fake punt. The Knights would convert the jump pass to keep things going, and Walt Simmons would run for a 1st down on 3rd to further extend the possession, but Oakleaf would fail to convert another crucial 4th down later in the drive, and the Trojans would take over on downs. On Lincoln's ensuing possession, Chris Beard would find Marco Skarica on a 51yd TD hook up to give the Trojans their 1st lead at 21-14 with 2:59 to play in the 3rd period. On the Knights' ensuing drive, a Walt Simmons 25yd completion would set up Keshawn King's 3rd rushing TD of the game, a 1yd run wit 15 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter. The game would be tied for the 3rd time at 21.

After both teams traded punts, Lincoln would get the ball at their own 5yd line with 7:27 to play in regulation. Chris Beard would again find Marko Skarica on a 20yd completion. Caleb Matthews would gash the Knights' defense on a 39yd run to set Lincoln up just pass mid field with 5:21 to play. A holding call would negate a 1st down run and the Knights would stuff out a screen pass to force a Trojans' punt. A touchback would give Oakleaf the ball at the 20 with 3:54 to play. The Knights would reach the Trojans' 34yd line with 41 seconds to play, and be faced with a 4th and 1. A false start call on Oakleaf would move the ball back 5yds. The Trojans' defense would come away with the huge stop and their offense would have 34 seconds to work with. Chris Beard would connect on a pass to the 48yd line with 28 seconds, and then he would get the Trojans to the Knights' 27 after a couple short passes. With time winding down SR. DB Zach Nesby would pick off Beard to send the game into overtime at 21-21.


OVERTIME


In the 1st over time period the Trojans would strike 1st as Chris Beard scored on a 10yd TD run on 1st down. After 3 straight runs, Keshawn King would leap over the pile on 4th and 1 to send the game into the 2nd overtime at 28-28 after the P.A.T.

In the 2nd overtime period the Knights would get the ball 1st. After 2 minimum runs and a incomplete pass on 3rd down the Knights would retake the lead at 31-28 after connecting on a 23yd FG. 2 short gains by Chris Beard would give the Trojans the ball at the 4yd line and a short gain by Sage Ennis would get it up to the 2yd line. Coach Gray would send out his kicker on 4th and goal to tie the game at 31.

In the 3rd overtime Chris Beard would get the ball to the 1yd line and Sage Ennis would give the Trojans the 38-31 lead on a 1yd leap. A ton of plays would be made in the game on both sides but the biggest play would be made when Sr. LB. Alex Thomas made an diving interception. The Oakleaf coaches, players, and fans all pleaded to the refs that the tipped pass had hit the ground and Thomas had trapped it but the refs awarded the Trojans possession, and Lincoln came away victorious on the controversial call. Lincoln will now host 10-1 Orlando Edgewater Eagles who clawed up the Buchholz Bobcats 65-21. Keshawn King would finish the contest with 42 carries 259yds and 4 TDs

ATH Marko Skarica logged 141 of Chris Beard's 188 passing yards on 8 catches and a TD.

Keshawn King Highlights vs Lincoln

https://youtu.be/SnbrA4RS21k


Looking ahead for Oakleaf



Barring something unforeseen in the world of recruiting where anything can happen, Keshawn King will graduate and move on to Va-Tech. The Knights will return a ton of talent such as 5 star lineman 6'6 325 Jalen Rivers, 4 star DE Chantz Williams, and ball hawking CB Omarh Toliver. Sean Washington, Antonio Marshall Jr. and Terrance Anthony will lead a deep WR group that will again will be one of the best units in the area catching passes from 2021 QB Walt Tre Simmons who recently picked up and offer from LSU along with Chantz Williams, and Jalen Rivers. The Knights will return a pair a terrific LBs in Jaymes Mobley, and Jordan Randall. 2021 RB Ade Gray will step into the starter role and should become one of the best backs in the area by the time he graduates.

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