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Oak Glen looking to cap 10-0 season

CHASING PERFECTION — Brayden Mineard and the Oak Glen football team look to finish a 10-0 regular on Friday night at Grafton. - Andrew Grimm

GRAFTON — Last season when Oak Glen defeated a ranked Grafton team at the Bears Den, it was the first signal to the rest of Class AA that the Golden Bears were building something special.

This season, that something special has come to fruition, as Ted Arneault and company travel to Grafton in search of a perfect regular season.

“That was a key game for us last year,” Arneault said. “It kind of let us break out of our shell. It was a game that kind of changed the momentum.

“We are focused on the task at hand. We know the playoffs are going happen, so we’re working on things that are going to help us this week, and down the road.”

The Golden Bears sit seventh in Class AA in the latest rankings. The top 16 make the playoffs, while the top eight host in the opening round.

Despite Grafton’s 1-7 record entering the contest, Arneault expects them to be a formidable opponent on Friday night.

“They motion a lot, so we have to make sure we don’t get outnumbered,” he said. “They have a bend-don’t-break defense and are pretty solid against the tun.”

Factor in the Grafton is down to its final two games to try and end on a high note, he expects to see the best they have to offer.

“It’s a big game for them and an opportunity to make a statement,” Arneault said. “Our kids have to be ready to play. They’re going to give their best shot.”

What has made Oak Glen so dangerous this season is its success on both sides of the ball.

The Golden Bears rank first in both team offense and defense in the Herald-Star coverage area.

The offense, averaging 429.56 yards and 42.11 points, is led by some of the top athletes in the area.

Hunter Patterson is third in the area in rushing with 912 yards and 14 scores, also ranking second with 595 receiving yards and seven scores. Gage Patterson has 453 yards and eight scores, Paxton Shuman has ran for 684 yards and 11 scores, while Nick Chaney has amassed 1,546 yards and 20 touchdowns passing, second in the area.

On defense, Oak Glen allows just 156.44 yards and 10.33 points.

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