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Tigers win first game of season


With their first win behind them and some key players getting back into the line-up healthy, things are looking up for the Oakville Football Tigers.

Last friday night, Oakville moved to 1-2 on the season as it cruised past University City, 38-14. Dan Graham led the offensive charge for Oakville, carrying the ball 16 times for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Graham played big on defense, too, getting in on 15 tackles for the Tigers.

Alonzo Medcalf also had a big day for Oakville, snagging two interceptions and running back a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.

Tigers Head Coach Jerry Maulin told the Call that Medcalf got his first start of the year to help offset the University City team speed, and he delivered.

"He had two great interceptions back there," Maulin said. "We noticed him really breaking well on the ball in practice and decided to give him a shot, and his play was a pleasant surprise. He exceeded expectations."

Graham also impressed his coach.

"Dan really played like he can," Maulin. noted. "He played well on both offense and defense, and we hope to continue to use the backfield combination of Dan and (Reggie) Ward."

Ward, the Tigers tailback, had a productive day out of the backfield rushing for 44 yards and a touchdown. Maulin believes his team will be well prepared for Friday's game.

"We really had a great overall team effort against University City, and we're feeling a lot better now that we're getting some people back healthy," Maulin said. "Summit has a good team, but we're working on a good game plan. I think we're actually very similar teams."

The game between Oakville and Summit is at 7 p.m. Friday at Summit High School, 780 Hawkins Road.

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