OCS returns to District 2-1A and will compete for Division IV state title

The last time the Ouachita Christian School (OCS) Eagles played in District 2-1A and competed in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s (LHSAA) Division IV playoffs, the Eagles strutted off the Mercedes Benz Superdome carpet with the 2014 LHSAA Division IV state championship with a thorough 52-6 dismantling of the heavily favorited Southern Lab Kittens.

Following two years of competing in District 2-2A and the Division III, OCS will enter the 2017 campaign as team to be reckoned with for the District 2-1A title and should contend for the LHSAA Division IV state title.

If OCS is to be successful, the Eagles will need to find a quarterback to fill the shoes of the graduated Grant Fitzhugh, who in his four seasons at OCS as quarterback completed 231-of-388 passes (59.53 completion percentage) for 3,670-yards with 41 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions which earned Grant Fitzhugh a spot on the Class 2A All-State Honorable Mention team in 2016 and 2015.

Until OCS find a quarterback, the Eagles offense will look to senior back Skylor Wilhite (5’9”, 180 pounds) for leadership.  In 2016, Wilhite was a versatile player earning first team All-District 2-2A honors as a running back and return specialist with his 95 carries for 643-yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.  In addition to his rushing abilities, Wilhite had 22 catches for 409-yards with 6 receiving touchdowns in his junior campaign.

OCS’s receiving core returns 2016 All-District players in senior wide receiver Bryce Wallace (6-1, 175 pounds), senior tight end Reece Pitson (5’11”, 200 pounds) and sophomore wide receiver Will Fitzhugh (5’9”, 170 pounds).  Last season, Wallace caught 28 passes for 450-yards with 4 touchdowns while Will Fitzhugh had 19 receptions for 257-yards with 2 touchdowns.  Pitson had 5 catches for 54-yards with 2 touchdowns in his junior season.

Anchoring the Eagles’ offensive line will be 2016 All-District 2-2A second teamer in junior offensive guard Cole Hathaway (6’0”, 270 pounds).

On defense, the Eagles will have two 2016 All-District 2-2A honorable mentions in senior defensive lineman Connor McKoin (6’1”, 235 pounds) and senior defensive end Reece Pitson.  In 2016, McKoin had 37 total tackles (22 solo tackles, 15 assists), 7 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery while Pitson had (13 solo tackles, 22 assists) 4 tackles for loss, and 1 fumble recovery.

OCS linebacker core will be anchored by returning first team All-District 2-2A linebacker in senior John Michael Waldrop (5’9”, 160 pounds).  In 2016, Waldrop led the Eagles in total tackles with 95 total tackles (55 solo tackles and 40 assists) in addition to collecting 14 tackles for loss and 2 fumble recoveries.

Senior strong safety Troy Luke Smith (5’7”, 165 pounds) tied Wallace for a team high 3 interceptions in 2016 and Smith and Wallace will be counted on again to lead the Eagles’ secondary.   Will Fitzhugh could see double duty and join the Eagles’ defensive secondary unit something the younger Fitzhugh did his freshman season.

OCS opens the season at home against the Arcadia Hornets on Friday, September 1 before taking to the road for a three game road trip against Sterlington on September 8, Delhi Charter on September 15 and Sicily Island on September 22 to open the District 2-1A schedule.

On Friday, September 29, the Delhi Bears will come to OCS Eagles’ Stadium.  Weeks five and six will see the Eagles take on its toughest stretch of the District 2-1A schedule as OCS will travel to Ruston to face the Cedar Creek Cougars on Thursday, October 5 and will host the Oak Grove Tigers on Friday, October 13.

OCS will travel to St. Joseph, Louisiana on week eight as the Eagles take on the Tensas Parish Panthers before returning home on Friday, October 20 to face cross town rival in the St. Frederick Warriors.

Friday, November 3 will see OCS hitting the road again as the Eagles travel to Ferriday to face the Delta Charter Storm in the regular and District 2-1A finale.

OUACHITA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL EAGLES SIDE BAR

Ouachita Christian School (OCS) Head Coach:  Steven Fitzhugh ()

OCS Assistant Coaches: Daniel Bristo, Tim Mosher, Randall Bentley, Drew Vidrine, Robby Devinney, Cleo Head, Micah Harper, John Parker, Kevin Washam and LaBrian Wells.

OCS Home Football Stadium: OCS Eagles’ Stadium (Natural Grass)

OCS Games will be broadcasted on The Hill – KHLL 100.9 FM

OCS Eagles’ Past Five Seasons:

2016 Overall Record: 10-2 District Record: 4-1 (District 2-2A Tri-Champions, Quarterfinal Playoff Qualifier)

2015Overall Record: 9-2 District Record: 5-0 (District 2-2A Champions, Regional Playoff Qualifier)

2014 Overall Record: 11-3 District Record: 4-1 (District 2-1A Second Place, Division IV State Champions)

2013 Overall Record: 9-3 District Record: 4-1 (District 2-1A Second Place, Quarterfinal Playoff Qualifier)

2012 Overall Record: 15-0 District Record: 4-0 (District 2-1A Champions, Class 1A State Champions)

State Championship Season(s): 6- 1985, 1997, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2014

State Runner-Up Season(s): 2 – 1987, 2010

State Semifinalist Season(s): 11- 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

State Quarterfinalist Season(s): 14 – 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

State Playoff Seasons: (31 playoff appearances /1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Playoff Record: 57 wins – 25 losses