(Glendale) – Oak Park took advantage of two Village Christian miscues in the first quarter as the Eagles cruised to a 56-7 win on Friday night at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College.
The highly-touted combination of quarterback Chandler Whitbord and wide receiver Matt Byer hooked up for three touchdown scores of 21, 20 and 90 yards in the first half as Oak Park went ahead 42-7.
Whitbord went seven of 12 for 190 yards and four touchdowns, while Byer had four receptions for 134. Brandon Coppel finished the night with 10 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown for the Eagles.
The Crusaders only bright spot in its loss was the play of back-up quarter back Wesley Deaver as he finished the night six of 11 for 116 yards and a touchdown after Jesse Hanckel was injured midway thru the first quarter.
**** With Whitbord’s four touchdowns on the night his total for the year is now at 22.
**** Whitbord also ran for 104 yards and a touchdown. His score was for 74 yards on Oak Park’s opening possession of the second half.
**** The other Eagle scores came from Eric Coresello (54 yard touchdown reception) and Trent Dolabson (19 yard fumble recovery).
**** Heading into the game Village Christian running back Ramon Atreaga averaged 6.22 yards a carry, tonight he carried the ball 15 times for one yard.
****Hanckel was ineffective in his brief appearance going one of seven for 18 yards.
****Crusaders wide receiver Matt Shashaty finished with four receptions for 73 yards.
****The running clock began after the Crusaders failed to punch it in with 4:39 to play in the third quarter down 56-7. Deaver went back to pass and was sacked by Justin Green at the Oak Park 26 yard line.
****The Eagles put up 26-points in the first quarter. The final six were on a Whitbord to Byer connection with no time left in the quarter. This came after a holding call brought back a Corsello 20 yard touchdown reception.
****Village Christian travel to Maranatha to open up Olympic League play and Oak Park host Santa Paula as they begin Tri-Valley League play.
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