Jacksonville never trailed in defeating visiting Oneonta 42-14 last Friday. Quarterback Colton Clark completed four touchdown passes, two to Jakobie Calloway, and Macey Carr rushed for two scores as the Golden Eagles won for the fifth consecutive game. Jacksonville is now 4-1 in Class 4A, Region 5 and 5-3 overall.
“It was a big win. I felt like we played really good and we took care of business. That’s the main thing,” Golden Eagles coach Clint Smith said following Monday’s practice.
There will be a greater need to take care of business this week, avoid complacency or looking ahead. The Eagles travel to White Plains (0-5, 0-7) on Friday. The Wildcats gave the Cherokee County Warriors more than they bargained for in Centre last week before falling 13-12.
“They have vastly improved. This is the best White Plains team that we have seen in years. I know it doesn’t reflect in the wins but when you watch them play they’re playing extremely hard,” Smith said, noting the White Plains led Oneonta by two touchdowns, held a 14-0 lead over Anniston and led Cherokee County 12-0 before losing each game.
Against Oneonta, Clark set the theme for the night on Jacksonville’s first possession when he found Calloway for a 34-yard scoring pass with 9:02 still to play in the first quarter. Preston Harvey, who was 6-for-6 on extra points for the contest, made it 7-0. Oneonta managed to forge a 7-7 tie with 3:35 left in the first quarter on a long run.
The score remained tied just 18 seconds, long enough for the Eagles to receive the ensuing kickoff and for Carr to score on a 53-yard run. The first quarter closed with Jacksonville leading 14-7.
With 10:01 to play before halftime, the Eagles scored the first of their three second-quarter touchdowns on a 15-yard pass from Clark to Cade Landers. Clark connected with Josh Bell for seven yards and a touchdown with 7:29 left in the half. A 5-yard toss from Clark to Calloway at 4:35 of the second quarter made it 35-7 at halftime.
Carr scored Jacksonville’s final touchdown on an 11-yard run midway through the third quarter. Oneonta scored its second touchdown on an 82-yard run with 28 seconds remaining in the game.
Clark finished 11-for-14 passing for 104 yards with two interceptions. Calloway had five receptions for 64 yards. Jewels Gray caught five passes for 17 yards. The touchdown catches by Bell and Landers were their only receptions.
Carr led the ground game with 135 yards on 12 carries. Tahj Kirkland ran eight times for 69 yards. Ron Wiggins had six carries for 44 yards and Clark added 34 yards on two tries. Billy Whitson ran seven times for 18 yards.
On defense, Ben Patterson had a busy evening – most of it spent in the Oneonta backfield. Patterson had a quarterback sack and six other tackles for loss among his eight overall tackles. He also forced a fumble. Josh Glass had six tackles, one for loss. Omarion Adams made four tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage.
Joseph Bolton, Avory Cosby, James Johnson and Wiggins had three tackles apiece. Wiggins made two stops behind the line and Cosby had one. Calloway, Blake Morris, Landers and Jalen Trueblood each had two tackles. Trueblood made one tackle for lost yards and blocked a punt. Adams recovered the blocked punt.
Carr, Dreylon Fomby, Gray, Kirkland, Jamel Mays, Cam Parker and Karl Ragland had one tackle apiece.