Orangeburg Prep halted an 11-game losing streak against Hammond on Friday at Edens Stadium, downing the struggling Skyhawks 20-0.
“This is the kind of win we’ve been after, and this time we got it done on the field,” said OP coach Adam Holmes, a former assistant coach under Erik Kimrey at Hammond.
“We’re a senior team, and we believe we have a chance to be a pretty good football team. Tonight we were. We played the full 48 minutes and got contributions from all three phases of the game.”
The Indians, who had not beaten Hammond since 2002, improved to 3-0, while the Skyhawks dropped to 1-2.
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“We lost to a better football team,” said Kimrey, whose team was shut out for the second week in a row.
“Our biggest challenge for us right now is to develop some consistency. The best thing about high school football is you don’t have to be perfect. We have time to make some changes, have time to improve. It all comes down to a three-game winning streak at the end of the season.”
Orangeburg Prep produced 336 offensive yards, 220 on the ground. Senior Michael Bascoe was the leader, rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. Quarterback Marion McCurry was 7-for-14 passing for 116 yards.
But the OP star was Derek Andrews, who caught three passes for 71 yards, returned the second half opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown and had a 48 yard return after intercepting a Hammond pass at the Indians 13-yard line when the Skyhawks were still in the game.
Hammond managed five yards rushing, 135 overall. The Skyhawks turned the ball over three times inside the OP 25.
“We had our chances to make it a game, but we just didn’t make enough plays to make a difference,” Kimrey said.
Hammond has lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2005, and finds itself below the .500 mark for the first time since 2002.
The Indians were not without fault with two fumbles and some mishaps in the kicking game, but Holmes’ hungry team kept its focus.
“It’s been a process for the program,” said the six-year Indians boss. “We’ve lost our share of games when things didn’t go our way, but tonight we played with poise and never got down. We proved something out there tonight.”
OP – Michael Bascoe (Hunter Pickens kick), 3:23
OP – Derek Andrews 78 kickoff return (kick failed), 11:43
OP – Bascoe 8 run (Pickens kick), ) 0:52
Rushing – OP, Pascoe 29-135, McCurry 7-17, Andrews 1-25, McCutchen 10-53. H, Brady 4-6, Riley 4-2, King 4-(-3).
Passing – OP, McCurry 7-14-0-116. H, King 10-26-1-135.
Receiving – OP, Andrews 3-71, West 3-36. H, Heath 3-20, Woodburn 4-33, Gisher 1-54.