HAMMOND | When asked if Whiting would be a second-half team all year, coach Jeff Cain uttered the following three words: "We hope not."
After last week's 31-6 win over Clark, the Oilers tallied 25 points in the second half.
Saturday was no different, as the Times No. 10 Oilers scored all of their points in the second half, defeating Gavit 27-0.
"Last year we were putting up 40s and 50s and where did that get us?" Cain said. "Now we're learning to play 48 minutes."
The first quarter was marred by turnovers for the Oilers (2-0), as they fumbled the ball three times, which were all from exchanges by senior quarterback AJ Veloz and the Oilers running backs.
Gavit couldn't capitalize, though, because each of the three drives stalled.
One was from an interception by sophomore safety Martin Petruf, another on an incompletion in the end zone, and the last was on a sack from senior linebacker Jesse Maynard, which resulted in a 9-yard loss.
Whiting finally got it going in the second half after scoring on its first two drives, thanks to a Maynard 13-yard TD reception and an Evan Rodriguez 23-yard scoring run.
Things then went from bad to worse for the host Gladiators, as they fumbled on the ensuing possession, and the Oilers took advantage with a Maynard 10-yard scoring run to start the fourth quarter.
Rodriguez, who ran for 101 yards, added his second touchdown of the night on a 26-yard run with two minutes left.
The Oilers were without star running back Ethan Young, who was out with a shoulder injury.
"Jesse played an integral part of our offense tonight," Cain said. "We have some good running backs playing defense for us, and there are going to be nights like this when someone will be plugged in."
How Gavit's last scoring opportunity ended was indicative of how the night went for the Glads.
They drove down to the 9-yard line, and on a third-and-goal, a pass went right through Dontae Adams' hands in the corner of the end zone.
"We had a hard time hanging on to the ball," Gavit coach Robert Robinson said. "We can't do that against a team like that that's ranked in the state."