David Hall ran for three touchdowns as Oneonta took care of business against second-ranked Hokes Bluff 44-13 in Class 4A, Region 6 football Friday. The Redskins moved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the region. The Eagles fell to 2-1 and 1-1.
Hokes Bluff jumped out on top with 9:38 left in the first quarter on Ashton Gulldge’s 3-yard touchdown run on Hokes Bluff's opening drive. But, Oneonta was quick to answer with a David Hall 40 yard touchdown run with 7:52 left. Senior QB Brody Pinyan came right back with a 38 yard touchdown pass to Eli Buse to give the Redskins their first lead of the night and they never looked back.
Heading into the game Darrian Meads of Hokes Bluff was averaging around 200 yards per game on the ground. The Oneonta defense came to play and had another stellar night only give up 191 total yards and suffocated Darrian Meads to only 86 yards on 22 carries. Beau Ragsdale lead Oneonta with 16 tackles. Defensive lineman Marquis Mitchell picked up 9 tackles along with sophomore linebacker Luke Hodge adding 7 tackles.
Along with David Hall's stellar rushing night sophomore back Collin Moon added 14 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. Senior Running Back Austin Nix added a late touchdown for the Redskins to finally crank up the bus for the Eagles.
Head Coach Phil Phillips on whether or not this was a revenge win, "Revenge is kind of a tricky word, as a coach you don't want to say that. There was an atonement for some people. We didn't even show them the film from last year. They hadn't seen it. I shared it with them this week to get a feel of how we didn't show up in any phase. I wouldn't say revenge but obviously you have a chip on your shoulder. It was good to see them respond."
Phil Phillips on his defense, "Our defense helped us out there in the second half and allowed us to regain our composure on offense."
Hokes Bluff hosts Anniston and Oneonta visits Ashville for region games next week.