The Oneida Indians traveled to The King's Academy on Friday, Sept. 9 and came away with a hard-fought 37-29 victory.
Oneida coach Tony Lambert had each of his players look up the word urgency, write down the meaning and turn it into him this week. The results showed on the field Friday night.
"I'm so proud of them I can't even tell you," Lambert said. "That (The King's Academy) is a good football team. I thought our kids done a tremendous job."
The Indians took care of business with a strong ground game as Evan Roberts led the way with 165 yards and two touchdowns, while Jake Lawson added 134 yards and two touchdowns. Oneida rushed the ball 55 times for 325 yards.
"Our ground game was fantastic," Lambert said. "We won that ball game up front tonight. My hats off to Coach (Billy) Barnhart and Coach (Jimmy) May."
The King's Academy struck first with a 48-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 advantage, but Oneida answered back as Roberts found the endzone on a 35-yard touchdown carry to tie the game.
The Lions regained the lead on a 38-yard touchdown pass, but Alex Bowling gave the Indians some momentum going into the lockerroom as he connected on a 20-yard field goal to close the gap at 14-10.
Oneida came out strong in the second half as Lawson scored on a two-yard run to give the Indians a 17-14 lead.
After giving up the lead again, Oneida answered with another two-yard touchdown run by Lawson.
Roberts rounded out the scoring for Oneida with a 31 yard touchdown run to give his team a 37-21 lead and the Indians managed to hold on for the win.
Nash Lay turned in a solid performance for the Indians as he hauled in six passes for 82 yards.
Oneida will host Midway on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm.