The saying that all streaks must come to an end is very true. Tonight the Oneonta Redskins fell to the Hayden Wildcats for the first time since 1999 17-14 and the first loss to an in county team since 2007. Defensively the Redskins held their own only giving up 180 total yards. Beau Ragsdale led the way with 16 tackles, Marquis Mitchell defensive tackle had 9 tackles. It was the 4 total turnovers that hurt the Redskins that led to 14 points. The first punt of the night for the Skins went 4 yards that gave way to Hayden being setup with great field position and scoring a few plays later. The second punt of the night hurt the Skins as a bad snap that led the ball into the endzone and Hayden falling on top of it and going up 14-7.
The Oneonta offense had a few bright moments with a 66 yard touchdown run by Senior RB David Hall in the 2nd quarter. Overall Hall had 19 carries for 130 yards and 1 TD. Senior QB Brody Pinyan helped out with 1 TD of 10 yards to Riley McGill that tied the game in the 3rd quarter. Overall Pinyan was 11/27 for 105 yards but the costly turnovers of David Hall’s and Brody Pinyan’s 2 interceptions really put the Redskins behind the 8 ball several times throughout the game. Oneonta had a chance to tie with a little over 2 minutes left the game with a 33 yard field attempt that was 3 yards short.
Head Coach Phil Phillips thoughts on the turnovers tonight, “I told the guys before the game that if we made the fewest mistakes we win. The better team won tonight simply by making fewer mistakes."
Phillips on his defense "Defensively we played about as well as we could have. They were doing 2 things that hurt us and JD Whited made quick adjustments that negate that. They also kept us in it by playing so well when Hayden was in the redzone."
Phillips on his offense, "Offensively it was frustrating as it's been since I have been back because we can physically do it. We are just not willing to do the little things that will allow you to be successful. Tough decisions ahead at many spots. I told them afterwards I am going to play the guys who care enough to know their assignment."
The Redskins will open up the season 0-1 and will travel to Cleburne County next week as they open up region play.