Senior running back Drexlan Allen scored five total touchdowns for Hattiesburg (4-0) in the team’s 51-19 win over crosstown rival Oak Grove (3-1), allowing the Tigers to remain undefeated through the first four weeks of the season.
“I’ll say it time and time again, he’s [Allen] probably one of the most underrated players in the state of Mississippi,” Hattiesburg Head Coach Tony Vance said.
Allen put the Hattiesburg on the board during its first offensive possession of the game with an eight-yard touchdown run. That run was the first run of the game, as senior quarterback Jarod Conner came out of the gate with seven straight pass attempts. After a blocked Oak Grove punt gave Hattiesburg two more points on a safety, Allen scored on the ensuing offensive possession, this time on a 32-yard touchdown run.
Hattiesburg increased their lead again in the second quarter when Conner jumped over Oak Grove defenders for a touchdown in the red zone to make it a 23-0 game. However, Oak Grove responded for their first points of the game on the next possession when junior running back Nick Milsap ran a touchdown in from eight-yards out, cutting Hattiesburg’s lead to 23-7.
Hattiesburg’s defense limited Oak Grove senior quarterback John Rhys Plumlee to just three pass completions in the first half and prevented the Warriors’ offense from generating any momentum.
In the third quarter, Allen scored again on their opening drive of the half, this time through the air as he caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Conner. Oak Grove responded immediately after that, as Plumlee connected with junior wide receiver Liam Breithaupt for an 86-yard touchdown pass. The rest of the quarter was all Hattiesburg, though, as Conner and Allen scored on touchdown runs on the team’s next two possessions.
Allen capped off Hattiesburg’s scoring on the night with a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Plumlee put Oak Grove on the board again with a touchdown run with 27 seconds remaining in the contest, but Hattiesburg ran the clock out to seal the victory.
Allen gave credit to the offensive line for their talent and helping to boost his performance during the night.
“I promise you, we’ve got the best O-lineman in the state,” Allen said. “They’re just so well-coached, it comes out easy.”
Now, both teams head into an off week before heading into region play. Hattiesburg will look to remain undefeated when they travel to Gautier on Sep. 21, while Oak Grove returns home to play George County after the off week.
Oak Grove Head Coach Drew Causey thinks that the off week is beneficial for his team following the loss.
“It’s good,” Causey said. “We’ve got to get a lot better.”