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Oakville Tigers fall to Parkway North

Facing a much-improved squad from Parkway North,. the Oakville Senior High football Tigers dropped their first game of the season last weekend 33-14.

North, which got a touchdown run of 21 yards and a pair of touchdown passes of 67 and 15 yards from quarterback Blake Eyres, may have been better than some thought.

"We didn't play as well as we expected to, and I'm not sure if we played poorly or if they were just better than we thought," Oakville Coach Jerry Maulin said. "We started off the game well, but then just could not move the ball."

The Tigers did get off to a good start, taking a 7-0 first quarter lead on a six-yard touchdown run by Dan Graham, and the score was 7-7 at the end of one quarter.

Eyres and the rest of the Vikings were too much, though.

"He was exceptional. I was impressed with him," Maulin said of Eyres.

Oakville tailback Reggie Ward scampered for a 55 yard touchdown run in the second quarter to keep the Tigers close, but the 19-14 halftime margin was as close as they would get. North tacked on two second half touchdowns to secure the final margin of 33-14.

Maulin said the Tigers are going to have to make some changes if they are going to improve for their next opponent, the Eureka Wildcats.

"We need to make a lot of personnel changes, especially on defense," he said. "Eureka is going to be a challenge."

There is no doubt about that. The Wildcats, who played in the Class 4 Show-Me-Bowl in 2002 and are 1-0 following their 35-0 win over Northwest last weekend, will be formidable for sure.

"It's the old cliche — they are well coached and don't make mistakes," Maulin said. "In our game against Parkway North, we made some fundamental mistakes that we are going to need to fix. Eureka does not really make those mistakes."

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