The win offered reassurance to an OAP team that came so close to picking up a win in last week’s game against Arcola.
“The kids played really well tonight,” OAP coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer said. “We played well last week, we just did not finish. We had some key penalties inside the red zone. I felt we were a better team last week, but we didn’t come out on the winning end of that. It was definitely nice to see the kids put it together. They were focused this week. Regardless of who we were playing, they were focused and came out and prepared to take care of business.”
The Comets held the Cornjerkers to 8 yards of total offense, had two interceptions, and forced five fumbles, two recovered by OAP.
Not only was it the first win of the season for the Comets, it was their first win since knocking off Decatur Lutheran on Sept. 14 last season.
After snapping the eight-game losing streak, the Comets will now enter the same stretch of games that gave them trouble last season when they finished the year on a five-game losing streak.
“It was really important,” Curley said of picking up the win before the crucial stretch. “It gives us confidence going into the next games. It showed us what we can do as a team when we put it all together. If we play like we did today, it will be a good fight.”
Hoopeston Area, which has 16 of its 24 players playing their first-ever football games, got credit for a forfeit win against East Central, and has also been told it will receive a forfeit win next week for a game that was originally scheduled to be played against Schlarman Academy. Then, it will be back to the field for Week 6 to take on the Salt Fork Storm.