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Defense strong, but Deer fall 13-3 w/Photo Gallery

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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Another strong defensive effort went for naught as the Deer football team dropped its home opener 13-3 to Oak Ridge Friday night. The Deer fall to 0-3 as it prepares for its district opener Friday night at home against Dobie. Click the images for a great gallery of the acion from Deer Park Photos!

FBvsOakRidge 1Deer Park's Tyrek Saylor scampers down the sideline during the team's 13-3 loss to Oak Ridge Friday night. Photo by Andrew Pressley/Deer Park Photos. Click the image for a gallery of the action from Deer Park Photos!The Deer Park football team fell to Oak Ridge 13-3 in its home opener Friday night at Clyde Abshier Stadium.

Oak Ridge came into the game with a formidable offense averaging 40 points per game early in the season. However, the Deer defense held strong, limiting the War Eagles to just 13 points. Unfortunately for the Deer, the Oak Ridge’s defense limited its opponents to just three touchdowns overall coming into the Friday’s contest.

Deer Park’s offense seemed to click on the team’s opening drive, but had to settle for a Cameron Garner 19-yard field goal with 3:48 left in the first quarter.

Oak Ridge came up with two field goals of their own for 6 unanswered points before the half ended with a score of 6-3.

Deer Head Coach Chris Massey said that his team, while playing great defensively, has to find a spark on the offensive side of the ball. “We’re playing great on defense right now. We’ve put together three pretty dang good games defensively. We are struggling right now offensively and in the kicking game,” said Massey.

Deer Park’s kicking game as well as offensive struggles were combined in the third quarter after another drive ended in a punt attempt. Oak Ridge managed to get a hand on the punt to block it and picked it up for the scoop and score touchdown, which would be the only touchdown of the game making the score 13-3.

Deer Park managed to get a solid drive going, getting inside the 10 yard line thanks to a long pass hauled in by Tylan Love. This was an exclamation point to the Deer’s relative success through the air last night racking up 121 total passing yards compared to the 29 total rushing yards.

However, the Deer could not find the end zone and settled for a field goal attempt to close the gap with enough time left for another chance at a touchdown to tie the game. This field goal attempt was blocked by the War Eagle defense and hindered any chance for a Deer comeback. Oak Ridge got a couple of first downs on their ensuing drive and then kneeled to run out the clock and finish off the game.

Despite the loss, Massey believes in his team and knows they can get back on track.

“We just got to get back to work and really improve on our offense and kicking game. It’s hard beating any team with two blocked punts and a blocked field goal, let alone a good team like Oak Ridge. It’s a tough hill to climb but we can do it,” he said.