Oneida snaps Jacksboro's win streak

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By Chris Cannon

Oneida had more options than the Sears catalog.

Running a single-wing offense, the Indians found a way to snap the Eagles’ five-game winning streak last Thursday night in the battle of unbeatens.

Oneida compiled 400 yards across the ground on 56 carries, while using 10 different runners en route to a 34-6 victory.

In the first half, the Indians averaged 9.2 yards per carry, while gaining 304 rushing yards, four touchdowns, and two of the attempted two-point conversions. The only pass they threw in the entire game was for a two-point conversion early in the half, as the single-wing worked to their advantage.

“It’s a 1930s, 40s offense,” head coach Mike Miller said. “It’s hard to find. They do such a good job at hiding the ball, it’s just unreal.”

Developed by Glenn “Pop” Warner, and made famous by Jim Thorpe, the offense worked to perfection for Oneida. Using a quarterback, fullback, tailback, and a wingback, which is sweeping right to left, the Indians could snap the ball to either.

Either of those players could hand off to the other, as they all crouched low behind their offensive line.

“They snap it really low,” middle-linebacker Jared Ray said. “It’s really hard to get your defense settled in. When you don’t know what’s coming at you, when you can’t get a rhythm to get what you need stopped, and they’re running different ways and different players, it’s hard for a defense. They’re running that no-huddle, so it’s hard for our defense to get up off the ground and run with it. It’s tough, it’s tough.”

For Jacksboro, their offense couldn’t seem to get rolling. Answering on the Indians’ first drive, the Eagles couldn’t get much rolling through the rest of the ball game.

“I think they’ve (Oneida) blown everybody out,” Miller said. “We just kind of shot ourselves in the first half. We had a bunch of opportunities with receivers open. They just didn’t make the catch or the quarterback couldn’t get it off.

“We had some breakdowns on the offensive line that hurt us.”

Oneida (6-0) scored on its first drive of the game with 6:16 left in the first quarter. Nash Lay led the way going 13 yards on the first three plays. Jake Lawson, the big fullback, finished things up, going  39 yards with the direct snap to paydirt. Malaki Ellis’ two-point conversion failed, making the score 6-0.

Shane Bowman led the Eagles (5-1) in their ensuing drive. His first pass of the game connected with Josh Lay for 29 yards, before Bowman kept the ball for a 25-yard gain up the middle. He finished things up behind Austin Davis from 1-yard out to knot the game at 6-all.

From then on, it was all Oneida. Their 76-yard drive was finished up with 7:53 remaining in the second quarter. Lawson again finished things up, this time on fourth down, as he went 16 yards to the end zone. Logan Marlow’s pass to C.J. Shafer was enough to put the Indians up 14-6.

A 22-6 advantage came with Marlow went then 1 yard needed for the score. The 66-yard drive was finalized when Lay took the ball in for the two-point conversion behind Seth Cross with 3:04 remaining in the first half.

With 35 seconds left in the half, the Indians hit paydirt again. Four plays covered 73-yards as Lawson ran for a 60-yard gain on the first play. Lay finished things up, going the 1 yard for the score. He also took in the two-point conversion to make the score 30-6 at the half.

During the second half, Jacksboro’s adjustments rang true. Oneida was only able to gain 96 yards on 23 carries (4.2 per carry) without getting into the end zone. However, two Eagle safties in the second half left the final score at 34-6 in favor of the Indians.