After falling behind 12-0 in the second quarter, the Oneonta Redskins used a gutty defensive effort and a 99-yard drive by the offense to pull out a 21-12 victory at Hokes Bluff last Friday night.
The game was moved up to a 6 p.m. kickoff because of the threat of severe weather but Oneonta didn’t get going until well after the 7 o’clock hour.
Hokes Bluff used the running of Cole Frederick and Trey Adcock to move 50 yards in eight plays with Frederick scoring on a 3-yard run to give the Eagles a 6- 0 lead in the first quarter.
Oneonta got a pair of drives going in the first quarter but didn’t truly threaten until late in the first half.
The score was already 12-0 then after the Eagles got a 26-yard return of a shanked punt. On the first play after the return, Eagle quarterback Cole Robertson rolled right after faking a handoff and lofted a pass to a wide open Dakota Hallmark. The try for two failed but the Eagles led 12-0 with less the five minutes to play in the half.
Perhaps that drive served as a wake-up call to a Redskin team that had battled the flu all week. Oneonta moved 62 yards in eight plays on the ensuing possession with Travis Hankins finding Nolen Smith on an 8- yard touchdown pass with 1:31 left in the second quarter. Lee Mitchell’s extra point left Oneonta trailing 12-7 at the half.
Hokes Bluff got the ball to start the second half and immediately was in trouble with a Redskin defense that would surrender just 76 yards over the final two quarters.
Oneonta’s first drive ended with a turnover on downs at the Hokes Bluff 25 but the second possession found the end zone.
The Redskins used nine plays to cover 46 yards. From the Hokes Bluff 15, Hankins found Smith in the back corner of the end zone and Mitchell gave Oneonta a 14- 12 lead with 2:59 left in the third quarter.
Hokes Bluff came back on the next drive with their best possession of the second half. The Eagles got a couple of nice runs by Frederick and a scramble by Robertson to move into Redskin territory.
The Redskin defense came up with a huge play, however, when Cory Glasscock picked off a Robertson pass inside the Oneonta 1.
The ensuing possession sealed the game. The Redskin offense put together a 17-play drive that ate up a huge chunk of the fourth quarter.
The biggest play of the drive came with Oneonta facing 4th-and-7 at the Hokes Bluff 35. Lining up in the Wild Skin formation, Smith launched a perfect fade down the left sideline to Hankins who went over a Hokes Bluff defender to make the catch.
On the next play, Brandon Evatt took a handoff down the sideline for a 16-yard touchdown run. Mitchell’s important extra point made it a two-score game at 21- 12 with just 2:37 left to play.
Hokes Bluff’s ensuing possession ended on downs near midfield and the Redskins had picked up a big region win.
The Oneonta defense was pushed around early – Hokes Bluff had 158 yards in the first half, including 122 on the ground – but got nasty late.
The Redskins slowly wore down the tough but undersized Eagle defense and finished with 324 total yards, including 208 on the ground.
Evatt led the Redskins on the ground with 77 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries while Vernarr Hughes had 64 yards on 15 attempts.
Hankins completed 9 of 14 passes for 97 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Alvin Scott had four receptions for 44 yards.
Smith had 21 yards rushing on six carries, caught four passes for 49 yards and two scores, and completed his only pass for 19 yards.
Julian Reid, Caleb Hullett, Brandon Martin, and Derrick Bell each had 12 tackles to lead the Redskin defense. Reid and Blaise Brown had two tackles for loss apiece.
Oneonta, ranked No. 10 last week in 4A, improved to 6-1 overall, 5-1 in Region 6. Hokes Bluff fell to 4-3 overall, 2-3 in the region.