Bears do the job on the field

Oak Glen’s Hunter Patterson takes off against Herbert Hoover in a Class AA football playoff game on Saturday at Oak Glen High School. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — When senior running back Paxton Shuman went down with a leg injury on just the second play from scrimmage Saturday, the Oak Glen players looked over at Herbert Hoover’s sideline.

None of the Huskies took a knee. Shuman eventually was placed in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

“That’s when we knew the game was over,” senior quarterback Nick Chaney said.

A fire was lit underneath Chaney and the Golden Bears. They then racked up more than 400 first-half yards and six touchdowns, while the defense denied any thoughts of a comeback during the 53-26 victory.

The victory advances Oak Glen (8-1) to the Class AA state semifinals for the second consecutive season. Robert C. Byrd defeated Elkins 33-6 on Sunday for a right to play the Bears if conditions allow. Both teams will be holding their breath because, as of Saturday, Hancock County is orange on the COVID map. It must be at least gold for Oak Glen to play. Robert C. Byrd is in Harrison County which is gold as of Saturday.

So, the Bears have to wait until Saturday when the map will be updated. If all goes well with them and Robert C. Byrd, they will be back at home next Sunday.

But, as usual, fifth-seeded Oak Glen had to take care of business against No. 13 seed Herbert Hoover, who was coming off a stunning one-point victory against Liberty.

“The win was all that mattered. We came together and put it on them pretty good,” Chaney said. “At the end, things didn’t always go our way, but a win’s a win.”

When Shuman went down, he also fumbled, and it was recovered by Andrew Rollyson. The Bears then stepped up defensively by forcing a punt and the offense went to work.

Oak Glen cracked the scoreboard at the 8:20 mark in the opening frame on a 6-yard TD run from Hunter Patterson, who would finish with 349 total yards on 12 touches.

The Huskies, though, answered. A long drive concluded with a Nick Grayam 2-yard plunge that was set up by a defensive pass interference call (the Bears’ only penalty in the first half).

Oak Glen then scored 20 unanswered points to take a 27-7 lead with 8:59 remaining before halftime.

First, Gage Patterson caught and dove for a 3-yard score from Chaney (the PAT was blocked). Next, on the first play of the Bears’ next offensive series, Chaney fired a 62-yard score to Hunter Patterson.

Finally, during the following drive, Hunter Patterson took a direct snap 68 yards to the end zone.

“I think they had a lot of trouble with play action because they really wanted to stop the buck sweep,” Oak Glen head coach Ted Arneault said. “You can tell with how they were aligned and stacked up defensively. We were able to hit them with play-action passes, and they lost our guys in coverage.

“If a team stacks us up for the run, then we have to get the passing game going. That’s pretty much what happened in the first half.”

Hoover cut the deficit to to 27-10 following a 25-yard field goal from Levi Paxton with 4:24 left in the half. It trailed Liberty by the same score last week when it mounted its comeback.

The Golden Bears made sure that would not happen again by scoring two more times before halftime and twice more in the third quarter.

On the first play after the field goal, Gage Patterson took a Chaney pass 86 yards for a touchdown. Later on, with 1:24 showing on the clock, Hunter Patterson hauled in a 46-yard scoring pass from Chaney.

Oak Glen led, 41-10, at the break.

“Hunter Patterson is the best player in Class AA, and people need to start respecting him,” Chaney said. “Until then, he’ll continue to run over defenses, and it’s as simple as that.”

Chaney finished his perfect half 9 of 9 for 272 yards and four scores. He and Hunter Patterson combined for 382 first-half yards.

“I’m most proud of the team executing when they had to,” Arneault said. “Our offensive line really gritted down, and they made big plays possible. Our kids did a great job with film study. The coaching staff did a great job making sure the kids were prepared. That’s a good Hoover team we beat.”

Oak Glen touchdowns in the third came on Hunter Patterson’s 75-yard run and Gage Patterson’s 17-yard pass to Kholton Goodlin.

Ahead 53-10 late in the third, the Bears put their jayvee players in. Grayam then tossed a 56-yard TD pass with 19.2 seconds left in the quarter, and Hunter Bartley ran for the 2-pointer.

Early in the fourth, Grayam found Jacob Burns for a 33-yard score. Again, Bartley ran for two points.

Arneault had no choice but to put the varsity starters back in to avoid a comeback. After a failed onside kick attempt, Hunter Patterson promptly ran 30 yards to the Hoover 20.

Things escalated after that, and a fight broke out near Oak Glen’s sideline. The result was Hoover’s Dalton Bowers picking up two personal fouls and being ejected after throwing his helmet to the Bears’ bench. Bowers also was the one who landed on Shuman’s leg unintentionally with his backside.

When everything settled, Oak Glen had the ball at the 5. Buck Franklin, who replaced Shuman, fumbled it away. However, with Hoover driving into Oak Glen territory later in the fourth, Gage Patterson picked off a Grayam pass to seal the victory.

Hoover totaled 346 total yards (235 passing, 111 rushing). Oak Glen’s Kyler Connor had 1.5 sacks (the assist was with Matt Malick). Goodlin and Juvencio Quintana also had a sack each.

Devin Hatfield, who was one player Oak Glen keyed on all night, finished with three catches for 5 yards.

“We didn’t want Devin Hatfield to beat us, but they have other kids that can make plays, especially that quarterback who can run and sling the ball,” Arneault said. “It’s not just one kid. They had other weapons we had to make sure we shored up, and our defense came prepared.”

Grayam threw for 235 yards and rushed for 98 on 29 carries.

Chaney only attempted one pass in the second half. Hunter Patterson rushed for 215 yards on just eight carries, hauled in four passes for 134 yards and averaged 29 yards per touch.

Gage Patterson had another underrated performance. He received three passes for 94 yards, rushed for 39, threw for 17 and totaled three touchdowns. Goodlin caught two passes for 53 yards. Franklin rushed 10 times for 43 yards.

“He was a little rusty at first. But, man, when he gets moving, he gets moving,” Chaney said regarding Franklin. “Buck’s really going to shine for us now if Paxton can’t come back.

“I can’t imagine moving on without Paxton. I love that guy, and he puts everything he has into each game. It breaks my heart if we can’t play without him.”


Arneault fears Shuman broke his leg, obviously meaning he’ll be done for the season.

“Paxton has done a great job for us on both sides of the ball. He’s had a great year and a great career at Oak Glen,” Arneault said. “If it’s true that he has a broken leg, obviously my heart goes for him. We can’t replace a Paxton Shuman, so we’ll have to look forward and see what we can do to adjust without him in the lineup.

“Buck was the fill-in for him in the backfield. We had other guys get reps for him on the defensive line. We’ll just have to keep working on the backup players that will need to step up.”


Arneault will talk this week with Dick Shilling, Oak Glen’s athletic director, regarding how the team can still practice. West Virginia has strict protocols when a county is orange.

“We can practice, but I have to check with the rules because we haven’t been in this situation yet. We can practice, but it’s limited,” Arneault said.

HOOVER: 7-3-8-8–26

OAK GLEN: 20-21-12-0–53

OG — H. Patterson 6 run (Adams kick)

HH — Grayam 2 run (Paxton kick)

OG — G. Patterson 3 pass from Chaney (kick blocked)

OG — H. Patterson 62 pass from Chaney (Adams kick)

OG — H. Patterson 68 run (Adams kick)

HH — Paxton 25 field goal

OG — G. Patterson 86 pass from Chaney (Adams kick)

OG — H. Patterson 46 pass from Chaney (Adams kick)

OG — H. Patterson 75 run (kick failed)

OG — Goodlin 17 pass from G. Patterson (kick failed)

HH — Grayam 56 pass (Bartley run)

HH — Burns 33 pass from Grayam (Bartley run)

RUSHING: Herbert Hoover 39-111-td (Grayam 29-98-td, Bartley 8-15, Burns 2-(-2)); Oak Glen 26-303-3tds (Shuman 1-2, H. Patterson 8-215-3tds, Franklin 10-43, G. Patterson 3-39, McCauley 1-(-4), Burt 2-20, Flowers 1-8).

PASSING: Herbert Hoover 13-25-235-2tds-int (all by Grayam); Oak Glen 10-11-289-5tds (Chaney 9-10-272-4tds, G. Patterson 1-1-17-td).

RECEIVING: Herbert Hoover (Buckley 2-34, Hanson 1-2, Burns 4-87-td, Rollyson 2-51, Hatfield 3-5, Team 1-56-td); Oak Glen (Goodlin 2-53-td, G. Patterson 3-94-2tds, H. Patterson 4-134-2tds, Conley 1-6).

FIRST DOWNS: Herbert Hoover 12; Oak Glen 13

PENALTIES-YARDS: Herbert Hoover 7-68; Oak Glen 4-32

FUMBLES-LOST: Herbert Hoover 2-0; Oak Glen 5-2


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