McClease and Oscar Smith are Rolling

McClease and Oscar Smith are Rolling

After losing their first game of the season to Ducan (S.C.) Byrnes, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith has reeled off nine consecutive wins. Sophomore running back DeShawn McClease is a big reason for the team's turnaround

Oscar Smith is one of the top high school football programs in the country. So it should come as no surprise that following a loss in the first game of the season, the Tigers have won nine in a row. Sophomore running back DeShawn McClease has been one of the team's key playmakers.

"After the loss, we started practicing with more intensity," McClease said. "I learned that we can't take any team for granted and we can't roll over for anybody."

McClease has enjoyed his sophomore season.

"So far, the season has been everything I thought it would be," he said. "As the season has gone on, I've gotten more adjusted to things. We have also developed good team chemistry."

His high level of play has not gone unnoticed.

"Recently, I received an invitation from the Army All-American Combine," said McClease. " I've gotten mail from UCLA, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. I've also talked to the ODU coaches."

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back is hoping to hear from some other schools.

"I really like West Virginia, North Carolina State, and Georgia," he said. "I would like to hear from those schools."

For now, McClease's focus is on winning another state championship. But he knows it will not be easy.

"We've got to kick it up another notch," he said. "Everybody has to just continue to mature and play their assignments. Everyone just needs to play their roles and just listen to our coach."

Oscar Smith takes on Bayside tonight in the first round of the state playoffs.

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