FRANKFORT – A two week break between games and a lengthy ride on the bus certainly didn’t do the Oscoda football team any favors Friday night. Throw in a big performance by Frankfort on the ground, and the end result as a 32-16 loss in the Owl’s first ever Northern Michigan Football League Legacy Division contest.
“I think the long road trip hurt us a little bit, we did not get off the bus,” head coach Mark Whitley said.
The Owls marched the ball into the red zone on their first drive of the game, but were stopped short on downs before they could find pay-dirt. The Panthers, who led 19-0 at the half and led as much as 25-0 in the third quarter, stopped Oscoda at least twice more in the redzone before the Owls could cash in on a pair of late scores.
“Frankfort is a pretty good team, but we made way too many mistakes, especially on potential scoring drives,” Whitley said. “I think we had five redzone appearances and came up empty. Frankfort has a good quarterback who ran the zone-read option well.”
Anthony Ward led the Owl offense with 127 yards rushing and two touchdowns and he also threw for 132 yards. Trevor Miller had five receptions for 77 yards.
Frankfort meanwhile compiled 400 yards rushing and threw for another 177 yards.
Oscoda (2-1 overall, 0-1 NMFL Legacy) gets a rematch on Friday, when Frankfort (2-1, 2-0) comes to town for homecoming.