New-look offensive line steps up for Crusaders in loss at Oakland Tech

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The St. Bernard’s offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage for much of the night at Oakland Tech on Friday, but mistakes deep into drives proved costly in a 30-14 loss.

With the recent addition of transfer students Jony Cortez and Lane Ford, the line is becoming one of the strengths of this year’s team and should present problems for opposing teams down the stretch of the season.

“Our offensive line was very dominant, we just had a series of breakdowns in the game,” head coach Matt Tomlin said. “The drives would fall apart. It’s just something we’ve got to clean up.”

Brayden Luna scored one of his team’s TDs on a 25-yard reception from quarterback Drew Sisemore, while Tyler Dimmick scored the other touchdown on a 92-yard kickoff return, his second kickoff return for a TD in just four games.

The mistakes, however, proved costly against a quality team like Oakland Tech, as the Crusaders dropped to 2-3 on the season.

They have yet to win two straight games or lose two straight.

The line, on the other hand, was a definite bright spot, with Ford, Cortez, Tucker Rice, Ulysses Bailey Jr., and Jamarious January all playing well together.

“Just as a group, they were physical and the strong point of our game,” Tomlin said.

Oakland Tech improved ot 4-1.

The Crusaders will try to bounce back when they travel to Oklahoma next weekend to play the Guymon Tigers.

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