Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Hibiki Oshiro, a new international exchange student at Cross High School, wasted no time making himself feel right at home.
In his first game as a member of the Trojan football team, Oshiro drilled a 32-yard field goal as time ran out to lift Cross to a 29-27 win over arch rival Lake Marion.
“An amazing game, an amazing comeback and a very dramatic win,” said Cross Head Coach Shaun Wright.
Oshiro came to Cross from China this fall and has given the kicking game an immediate lift. He was a perfect 2 for 2 in point after attempts to go along with the game-winning field goal.
The win closes out a rollercoaster ride for September and gives Cross momentum as the region schedule begins on Friday. But to listen to Wright, one would think his Trojans were entering Region 6A play with a 4-2 record as opposed to a 2-4.
“Our young linemen are starting to grow up,” he said. “We only have one senior in Greg Jones but it all starts with our sophomore center Neil Davis.”
Wright moved Davis to center after the Trojans’ first game and admits the move has been a work in progress that is now beginning to pay some dividends. “In our offense, the center quarterback and fullback's timing is real important and we have had to go on the run,” he said.
The move began to bear fruit in the Trojans’ 56-54 loss to St. James and continued in CHS’s thrilling 29-27 win over Lake Marion.
Devontae Shepherd and Diamonte Evans each scored a pair of touchdowns to set up Oshiro’s game winning field goal. Shepherd rushed for 172 yards on 32 carries to go with those two touchdowns and stands just 250 yards from the 4,000-yard mark for his career.
Evans totaled 137 all-purpose yards, with 90 yards rushing on 11 carries and 47 yards total in punt returns.
Brother Dionte Evans sat out of the Lake Marion game nursing an ankle sprain, but will be ready for Military Magnet when the Region 6A schedule begins on Friday.
“We felt being ready for the region schedule was more important,” Wright said.
And on Friday, the Trojans, along with every other team in the state, push the reset button. Records stand at 0-0 and the past five weeks have been wiped clean.
“We start region play and our record to this point doesn't mean anything,” Wright said. “We have a very tough Military Magnet coming to Cross on Friday and we have to have a good week of practice to have a chance at being successful.”
Wright said this is the part of the football season he loves best, once the weather turns and starts to cool in October.
“We love playing in front of our faithful fans who back us,” he said. “We will take the next five weeks day by day. We have proven we can win against anyone and lose to anyone.”
Kickoff against Military Magnet on Friday is at 7:30 p.m.