Redskins advance

Moon legged out the bulk of the Redskins’ offense Friday night. -Jack Howard Tate

Moon legged out the bulk of the Redskins’ offense Friday night. -Jack Howard Tate

The Oneonta Redskins traveled to Gurley to face the Madison County Tigers in the first round of AHSAA Class 4A playoffs. With several key players quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, it was a tough game, but the Redskins pulled off a 27-24 victory.

Oneonta drew first blood on a 2-yard romp by Collin Moon with 7:24 on the clock. Angel Marquez was wide on the PAT giving the Redskins an early 6-0 lead. The Tigers struck right back on a 1-yard touchdown capping a 12-play 65-yard drive. The PAT was good giving them a 7-6 advantage with 3:52 on the clock. Then a lot of scoring happened in a little bit of time. Oneonta turned their next possession into points on a 57-yard Moon third-and-2 run with 2:41 on the clock. Marquez hit the point after swapping the lead once again to 13-7. Madison County drove 65 yards in four plays on their next possession and settled for a field goal closing the gap to 13-10 with 1:28 left in the quarter. Moon returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the end zone. Marquez’s kick was good to widen the Redskins’ lead to 20-10 with 1:12 on the clock. Madison County ended the quarter just across midfield in Oneonta territory.

The Tigers chipped away at the Redskin defense and scored from 6 yards out. A good point after cut the lead to 20-17 with 8:00 on the second quarter clock. Oneonta punted on their next possession. The Tigers took advantage of the situation and drove 60 yards, capping the drive with a 4-yard TD and PAT to regain the lead 24-20 with 3:35 left in the half. Oneonta punted again and the buzzer sounded on Madison County in third-and-long trouble.

Neither team managed to score in the third quarter which was rife with penalty flags and turnovers. The quarter ended with Oneonta second-and-8 on the Tigers’ 23-yard line.

After back-to-back sacks, Oneonta was unable to convert and punted. Momentum swung back their way when Damarian “Fluff” Bothwell intercepted a pass three snaps later. Oneonta rallied and drove 56 yards in eight plays (aided by a couple of Madison County penalties). Moon capped the drive with a 4-yard TD. Marquez’s PAT returned the 27-24 lead to the Redskins with 6:09 to go in the game. Madison mounted one last drive, but Moon intercepted a Tiger pass and the Redskins maintained possession to run out the clock.

Connor Faust completed 13-of-21 for 73 yards and threw one interception. Moon led offensively with 23 carries for 187 yards and three TDs, one catch for 8 yards, and 222 yards on returns with one TD. Luke Hodge caught three for 23 yards, Beau Ragsdale caught two for 15 yards, Riley McGill caught five for 15 yards, and Wil Robertson caught two for 12 yards.

Hodge led defensively with 13 tackles. Ragsdale followed with 11.

Oneonta improves to 7-2 and will host the Region 5 No. 1 Gordo Green Wave Friday night in round two. Gordo defeated Brooks 41-12 to advance.