Oneida stormed out of the gate at Harriman and managed to hold on for a 28-14 win to secure at least third place in the playoffs.
The Indians will enjoy a bye week before hosting Coalfield on October 28 in a battle that should determine who gets the second seed in the playoffs.
"It's typical Oneida/Coalfield, it means something" Oneida coach Tony Lambert said. "You know you are always going to get their best and we will work our tails off to give them our best."
The Indians opened things up strong at Harriman as Logan Marlow threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Alex bowling for the 7-0 lead with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter.
"Alex played well. He stepped up big for us," Lambert said. "Logan made some tremendous plays tonight. He done a great job of taking care of the ball for us."
Oneida's Nash Lay has made big plays all year from the kicking game to catching passes, but it was a defensive play that set the tone for the Indians as he picked off a Harriman pass and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown. The pick-six gave his team a 14-0 advantage.
"Nash made a great play," Lambert said. "We told them that big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games and he did."
Jake Lawson plowed his way into the endzone from four yards out to give Oneida a 21-0 cushion with 7:06 left to play in the first half. Lawson finished with 116 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Harriman came out strong in the third quarter and scored to close the gap at 21-6 with 5:39 left to play in the quarter.
The Indians mishandled the ensuing kick-off and Harriman took advantage by scoring another touchdown. They also added the two-point conversion to close within one score at 21-14.
Oneida's defense held strong and Evan Roberts sealed the deal for the Indians with a 17-yard touchdown run for the 28-14 lead. Roberts led the way with 134 yards on 23 touches.