ONEONTA — With Jacksonville’s backs against the wall Friday night, Clint Smith found out a lot about his team.
Trailing by a touchdown with 2:10 left in the game — after holding Oneonta to minus-1 yard on its drive — Jacksonville quarterback Luke Jackson connected with Omarion “Peanut” Adams five times on the Golden Eagles’ eight-play scoring drive. Ron Wiggins capped it with his second two-point conversion of the night, ensuring Jacksonville of a 22-21 win and keeping the Golden Eagles’ undefeated season alive.
“Oh! We have a special bond,” Jackson said when asked about the bond between Adams and himself. “We’ve been doing this since we were really young.”
The bond showed on a second-and-5 play from the Oneonta 17-yard line when Jackson rolled out to his left and connected with a diving Adams in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown with fewer than 15 seconds to play in the game.
“Coach looked me in my eyes and said, ‘It’s on you,’” Adams said. “L.J. and I have such good connection and we knew it was crunch time. So, when he rolled out, we saw each other, and he just made a good throw.”
What to know
—Wiggins, who is having a standout junior season, continued leaving his mark on football fields as he carried the ball 32 times for 257 yards and two touchdowns. At halftime, he had 20 rushing attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown.
—Oneonta’s quarterback Taveris Hill, who was one of the many senior Redskin players honored before the game, accounted for most of his team’s offensive production. In the first half, Hill was 4-of-7 passing for 99 yards and two touchdowns and added 117 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries. However, in the second half, he was limited to only 46 rushing yards on seven carries and completed one pass for minus-1 yard.
—After trailing 21-8 at halftime, Jacksonville scored on its third offensive play of the third quarter when Wiggins went 66 yards to cut the Golden Eagles’ deficit. On the next offensive series, Jackson connected with Wiggins on a swing pass to which the running back broke tackles and weaved through the Redskin defense for what apparated to be a game-tying touchdown. However, a personal foul penalty brought the play back and erased the score.
—Wiggins on go-ahead two-point conversion: “It was just a needy, greedy time. We needed it and I just went and got it.”
—Clint Smith on what he learned from his team tonight: “We have a group of competitors and they compete and play to the end and that’s what we had to do tonight. Hats off to Oneonta, those guys came in and played their tails off tonight.”
—Jacksonville (8-0, 5-0) will host White Plains (2-5, 1-4) next week, while Oneonta (5-2, 3-2) travels to Anniston (3-4, 3-2) in a key Class 4A, Region 6 game.