Oge boots Not­ting­ham to vic­tory over Moorestown

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Rich Fisher

HAMIL­TON » A man of faith, Alix Oge wasn’t about to take credit for be­ing the hero.

“It’s amaz­ing man, and I thank God for this be­cause he can do what I can’t do,” said Oge af­ter his 37-yard field goal in the first over­time gave the Not­ting­ham High foot­ball team a 24-21 vic­tory over Moorestown in an en­ter­tain­ing game Satur­day. “This was my time man, be­cause God has al­ways been there for me.”

Oge, who was also 3-for-3 on PAT kicks and rushed for 30 yards, said he had no idea how he stayed calm but he knew it was good the mo­ment he hit it.

So did coach Jon Adams, who watched from be­hind the end­zone af­ter un­der­go­ing a sec­ond knee surgery this week and stay­ing off the side­lines.

“I was re­ally ner­vous when we threw the ball on sec­ond down (in OT),” said Adams, who is not call­ing plays while re­cov­er­ing. “As soon as we got the ball I would have said run three plays and if you get first down great, and if you don’t, we’ve got the game with Oge. I’m very con­fi­dent in that young man.”

Oge’s kick helped pre­vent the North­stars (2-0) from suf­fer­ing what could have been a de­mor­al­iz­ing loss. Not­ting­ham dom­i­nated the first half and led 21-6 while rush­ing for 141 yards. In their first two pos­ses­sions, they got a 60-yard touch­down run from Ja’ier Nel­son and 5-yard scor­ing run from Dion­tae Ni­chol­son, who re­turned from a con­cus­sion suf­fered in Au­gust.

Af­ter Moorestown got a TD run from Robert Damer­jian, Not­ting­ham came right back on Logan Bar­ber’s 20-yard TD pass to Nel­son.

The Quak­ers (0-2), who have lost twice by a com­bined eight points, made ma­jor de­fen­sive ad­just­ments at half­time. Not­ting­ham rushed for just 22 yards af­ter the break, and Moorestown took ad­van­tage with Brian McMona­gle touch­down passes to Adam Robin­son in the third quar­ter and to Nathan Mendys with 1:49 left in reg­u­la­tion. The sec­ond was a per­fectly thrown, 33-yard lob into the back of the end­zone.

Mendys PAT tied it, set­ting up a belly­burn­ing over­time.

Moorestown had the ball first and on third-and-goal from the 5, Nick Cartwright-Atkins caught a short pass and as he stretched his arm out to try and break the plain, Not­ting­ham stripped it and re­cov­ered to set up Oge’s hero­ics.

“Just a great job by our de­fense,” said Adams, who was fairly happy with that unit over­all. De­spite the fact McMona­gle threw for 264 yards and Cartwright-Atkins had 10 catches for 98, the two never teamed up for any long, back-break­ing plays.

“They had to claw for ev­ery point they got,” Adams said. “That’s a very good of­fen­sive foot­ball team. No dis­re­spect to any­body in our league, but those two guys, they’re the best we’re prob­a­bly gonna see. I said that be­fore the game and I feel that way even more now.”

As for Adams’ of­fen­sive star, Ni­chol­son rushed for 46 yards on 11 car­ries in the first half and fin­ished with 61 in his first ac­tion since Not­ting­ham’s first scrim­mage. Nel­son picked up where he left off last week on his first carry; but both were stymied in the sec­ond half.

“We got a lit­tle care­less in the sec­ond half but I was proud of the way the kids kept fight­ing and per­se­ver­ing,” Adams said. “This is go­ing to res­onate through our pro­gram for the play­offs, hope­fully, and cat­a­pult us to great things through­out the rest of the year.”

“This means ev­ery­thing for me, my coach, my team­mates,” Oge said. “I just love this mo­ment. This is what I’ve been wait­ing for. This was the time, right here.” Moorestown (0-2) 0 6 8 7 0 - 21

Not­ting­ham (2-0) 14 7 0 0 3 - 24

N-Nel­son 60 run (Oge kick)

N-Ni­chol­son 5 run (Oge kick)

M-Damer­jian 2 run (kick failed)

N-Nel­son 20 pass from Bar­ber (Oge kick) M-Robin­son 5 pass from McMona­gle (Cartwright-Atkins pass from McMona­gle)

M-Mendys 33 pass from McMona­gle (Mendys kick) N-Oge 37 FG

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JOHN BLAINE/ FILE PHOTO/ FOR THE TREN­TO­NIAN

Not­ting­ham’s Alix Oge (1) dou­bles as the Not­ting­ham kicker and made the gamewin­ning field goal from 37 yards against Moorestown on Satur­day.

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