The Redskins jumped out to a 21-point lead and never looked back, defeating the Golden Eagles 55-41 at Golden Eagle Stadium.
Jacksonville struggled on its first three offensive possessions, going three-and-out twice and losing a fumble deep in its own territory. Oneonta took full advantage.
On their first possession, the Redskins punched it in the end zone after three plays. Derrik Bell capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown run.
Zac Whited took the game over after that, scoring on back-to-back drives from 5 yards out to give Oneonta a 21-0 lead with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
“It was pretty obvious that we didn’t play any defense tonight — especially in the first half,” Jacksonville coach Roland Houston said. “Until that happens we are going to be in this situation.
“We got ourselves in a hole. We didn’t move the ball that well right off the bat. Then again, we also gave up some big plays defensively. We missed some tackles that put them in a situation to be able to make some long runs. We got in a situation where we were down three touchdowns before we even turned around really.”
The Golden Eagles got things going on offense in the second quarter, scoring on three consecutive drives.
Aubrey Morgan put Jacksonville on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Cordero Little and Immanuel Holifield followed with 1-yard touchdown runs, but the Golden Eagles couldn’t stop Whited to cut down the deficit.
Whited scored on a 65-yard run and a 33-yard catch from quarterback Schyler Walker in the second quarter.
With Oneonta up 35-19, the Golden Eagles stopped the Redskins’ offense for the first time.
Unfortunately for Jacksonville, Jecolby Heard tried to field the punt on a bounce and fumbled, giving the ball right back to the Redskins.
Whited scored three plays later from 3 yards out, putting Oneonta up 42-19 at halftime.
“A turnover like that is always a problem, but that wasn’t — to me — the only play we messed up on. That was just one of them,” Houston said.
The Golden Eagles played much better in the second half, never giving up hope that a victory was still in sight.
The Redskins went up 48-19 after Whited fumbled at the 1-yard line and offensive lineman Blaise Brown recovered in the end zone.
Little, who returned from injury this week, answered with a 25-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 48-25.
Little saw only limited action on Friday night.
“We were trying to ease him in,” Houston said. “He hadn’t played in a long time, and we felt like if we played him every play we would have the same situation again. So he should be better the next week and so forth and so on.”
Trevon Huey scored from 1 yard out on Jacksonville’s next possession to make the score 48-31.
But Whited answered again, rushing for a 5-yard touchdown to cap Oneonta’s scoring.
Whited finished with 11 carries for 159 yards and one catch for 33 yards, resulting in six total touchdowns.
The Golden Eagles sacked backup quarterback Houston Phillips for a safety, and Holifield scored late in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run to make the score respectable.
“I was proud of the guys for not laying down and coming back and fighting at the end,” Houston said.