#HSFT16: Stop No. 43 – Oak Hill Academy Raiders

HEAD COACH: Chris Craven
Aug 19 Newton Academy Away
Aug 26 TCPS Away
Sept 2 Heritage Academy Home
Sept 9 West Memphis Christian Home
Sept 16 Marshall Academy Home
Sept 23 Winona Christian* Home
Sept 30 Columbus Christian* Away
Oct 7 Carroll Academy* Away
Oct 14 Leake Academy Away
Oct 21 Deer Creek* Home
*District games

WEST POINT, Miss. (WCBI) — Oak Hill continues to build higher and higher.

The Raiders were a playoff team once again in 2015, but they anticipate being a tougher team to beat in 2016.

“What I like about this team is we’re very diverse,” head coach Chris Craven said. “We have the skill to run the ball and line up front will be good but we can also spread out and throw it around. That’ll make us very multiple offensively and it will make us harder to scout. We have one of those types of teams.”

Last season, head coach Chris Craven and the Oak Hill Academy Raiders saw the benefits of their hard work and determination as they enjoyed one of their best seasons in the last decade.

But now, the Raiders must replace a strong group of seniors that made big plays in big moments during their run to the postseason.

“When you have all-star tailback and linemen, you can’t replace that,” Craven said. “You have to build off what they did and their legacy they left. One plays at Mississippi College and the other are playing baseball. You have to let their legacy help fuel the dream for the younger groups coming up.”

Oak Hill has now made the playoffs each of the last four seasons but still remain without a victory in the postseason.

Coach Craven stresses to his team that it will happen sooner rather than later but the team’s expectations remain sky high.

“Our program believes that should be the first goal is to be district champions,” coach Craven said. “We want to make a great playoff run and we want to be State Champions. The stars and the moon have to get in the same line to get to that game.

“I’ve been here 10 years. The first 5 were rough, no playoff births, but we’re steadily chipping away and getting in the playoffs every year. I think we’re only going to get better and better.”

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