Oneonta ends Jacksonville’s season
by Lori Tippets
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Nov 19, 2013 | 718 views |  0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What started out as a promising night turned into a nightmare for the Jacksonville Golden Eagles as Oneonta ended the Eagles playoffs with a lopsided 56-7 win.

Taking the ball on their own 15-yard line Jacksonville marched downed the field, looking like they were mounting a scoring drive. The Eagles made it within the Redskins 35-yard line before fumbling the ball.

Oneonta took the ball and mounted their own drive, marching down the field for the score, and from there, it was all Oneonta.

The Redskins scored again in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead and then tacked on three more touchdowns in the second quarter, one on a blocked punt, to go into the locker room up 35-0.

Jacksonville (8-4) had two highlights in the third quarter, coming on back-to-back plays. Senior safety Payton Sims intercepted an Oneonta pass on the one-yard line. On the next play Jacksonville’s Dominique Thomas went around left end, turned on the after burners and sprinted 99-yard yards for a Jacksonville touchdown. The extra point by Mason Tompkins was good and the Eagles were on the board, 35-7.

Oneonta scored two more times in the third and once last touchdown in the fourth quarter to close out the game, and the Eagles season, 56-7.

Thomas, who has wowed crowds all season, finished the game with 168 yards rushing on 16 carries. The touchdown Thomas scored was No. 24 of the season.

Eagle quarterback senior Jackson Bell was pressured all game by a stiff Oneonta defense and had little time to get off a pass. The Eagles finished with only six first downs.

Oneonta (11-1), who has finished runner-up in Class 4A the last two years, looked like a team with their eyes on the prize. Twenty seasoned seniors are on the Redskins roster, hoping to finally claim a state championship.

While the season came to an end for the Golden Eagles the memories will remain. Jacksonville made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and to the second round of playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Eagles also won eight games this season, their best mark since 1999.
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