Jake Mazzarella rushed for 196 yards, increasing his season total to 1,066. He also scored on the Bobcats’ first play from scrimmage, a 58-yard play.
“There were some things from scouting and from last year’s film we thought we could with Mazzarella,” B-G coach Tim Mattingly said. “The first play we ran was a simple dive play. We worked on how we wanted to block that. Jacob took it, collided with the outside linebacker and went untouched for 59 yards.
“They tried to take a way our outside stuff so we knew we had run off tackle and inside, and we had quite a bit of success,” he continued.
Tyler Ouimet caught a 69-yard scoring pass from Corbin Palmer to make it 13-0 and Palmer’s 1-yard scoring run gave B-G a 19-0 lead at halftime.
But Oxford (2-4) rallied. Paul Wonka, who rushed for 132 yards on 30 carries, scored from a yard out in the third quarter, and Bryan Simpson made it 19-14 on a 5-yard run with five minutes left.
But B-G drove down to Oxford’s 1 on its next possession. On fourth-and-goal, Corbin threw an incomplete pass, giving the Blackhawks possession with about two minutes left and one timeout.
Mattingly said Oxford moved the ball to about midfield before B-G forced a fumble after sacking quarterback Jody Smith and recovered the ball to seal it.
Mattingly added he wasn’t sure where his team stood in the playoff picture, heading into Friday’s non-division game at Class B Windsor (2-4).
“I think our record speaks for itself, but it’s still kind of muddled,” Mattingly said.
Mount Markham 26, Cooperstown 14
Jacob Miller and Lucas Lyons scored touchdowns for host Cooperstown, which dropped a Section Three game Friday.
Miller blocked a punt and then scooped it up for a touchdown in the third quarter to make it 12-6. When Noah Sims hit Joe Harmon on the two-point conversion pass, the Redskins’ deficit was 12-8.
“Again, mistakes, poor execution and missed opportunities on offense allowed Mount Markham to score two more times — once in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach,” first-year Cooperstown coach Mark Segina wrote in an email.
Lyons, who had 69 rushing yards, capped the scoring on a run in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins (1-5) play host to Sauquoit Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday.