FITHIAN — Looking back on his high school career, Oakwood senior Andrew Curley will likely always remember what happened on Sept. 20, 2013.
His Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac Comets were winless entering the evening’s Vermilion Valley Conference game against Hoopeston Area, and it was time to make his mark on the OAP football program.
A little over three minutes into the game, Curley caught a pass for 38 yards to give the Comets a 6-0 lead.
It was his first-ever touchdown at the varsity level, and stepping into the end zone felt so good he decided to do it again.
On Hoopeston Area’s next possession, Curley was on defense and picked off a pass that he returned 26 yards for another touchdown. And with two minutes to go in the first quarter, he ran 21 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
But perhaps most importantly, it was OAP’s first win of the season, and they defeated the very young and overmatched Cornjerkers 75-0.
“It feels great,” Curley said. “After going 0-3 in the first three games, it’s awesome. We got that first win off of our shoulders. It will change us for the rest of the season. We started out conference play with a win. The rest of our conference is up to us.”
Curley finished the game with three touchdowns, 21 yards rushing, and 38 receiving yards. He wasn’t the only Comet to get in the mix, though.
Senior Alex Anderson, who ran for 46 yards on two carries, also scored three touchdowns, including one interception that he returned 46 yards.
Zach Horatschki scored two touchdowns and ran for 70 yards on four carries, and back-ups Blake Vinson, Hunter Phelps, and Sam Denhart each found the end zone.
The Comets led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter, and by halftime had built a 62-0 lead.