Oak Forest earned a Wild-Card berth in the Class 2A Playoffs and they will hit the road this week to take on the Central Private Eagles in a rematch from earlier this season. Central Private held off the Oak Forest Yellow Jackets to preserve a tight 7-6 win at home a couple of months ago.
The Jackets had to beat Silliman or their season would have been over. “I am proud of the way this team responded. They knew we had to win and they played a real good game against Silliman,” said Jackets Coach Jason Brabham.
Oak Forest put this one away real early as they led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead to 27-0 by halftime. Jonathan Burrell had another solid game as he opened the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run. Landon Curry tacked on the PAT and the Jackets led 7-0.
James Ray Peterson helped extend the lead when he scored on an eight-yard run and with the Curray PAT the Jackets led 14-0 going into the second quarter. Burrell finished the game with 92-yards rushing and Peterson added 75-yard on eleven carries for OFA.
The Jackets put the game away in the second quarter with two more touchdowns. Fourteen points was plenty enough for Oak Forest as their defense was solid against the Wildcats Offense. The Jackets limited the Wildcats to just 137-yards of total offense in the game and six points.
The Jackets Special Teams came up big in the game as well. After James Ray Peterson scored on a one-yard run, Drew Mista returned a punt 60-yards for a touchdown and later in the game Burrell returned a kickoff 77-yards for a score to give the Jackets a 34-6 win over Silliman.
Now the Jackets will take on district foe Central Private with the winner moving on to the second round of the playoffs and the loser will see their season come to an end. In the first meeting between the two teams a low scoring defensive struggle that featured just 13 points and only 330-yards of total offense combined.
The winner of the Oak Forest versus Central Private game will face the winner of the Simpson versus Trinity Episcopal game in the state quarterfinals next Friday Night.