The Oneida Indians got off to a slow start and were not able to get anything going as they suffered a tough, 41-14, loss to Coalfield on Senior Night.
The loss forced the Indians to settle for the No. 3 seed in this year's playoffs, which will begin at Oakdale on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
The Indian defense forced Coalfield to go three and out on it's first possession, but after driving the ball inside their opponents 20-yard line, Oneida fumbled and the Yellow Jackets recovered.
"We never recovered after that fumble, and Coalfield had a lot to do with that," Oneida coach Tony Lambert said. "We hadn't seen adversity in a while, but hats off to Coalfield. Son, their kids played. They brought it."
The Yellow Jackets struck first on a 75-yard touchdown pass with 3:16 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later they scored on a 35-yard run to grab a 13-0 advantage.
"I thought I had this team ready to play," Lambert said. "I thought we would really compete. It seemed like we couldn't overcome that adversity."
Coalfield's Parker McKinney scored his third touchdown of the game on a six-yard run to give the visitors a comfortable 21-0 lead.
With 1:55 remaining in the second quarter, McKinney ran an 85-yard touchdown to give the Yellow Jackets a 27-0 cushion. Coalfield finished with 211 yards on 26 carries. They also threw the ball for 215 yards on nine attempts.
"All night long we didn't tackle well along the perimeter," Lambert said. "We've got to get better there. We just didn't play very sound defensively. A lot of it has to do with want to."
The Indians finally got on the board just before the half as Jake Lawson found paydirt on a one-yard run to shorten the gap at 27-6. Lawson led the Indians with 85 yards on 19 carries.
After falling behind 34-6 in the third quarter, Oneida's Logan Marlow connected with Nash Lay for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 9:09 remaining in the quarter to pull a little closer at 34-14.
The Indians rushed the ball for 110 yards on 38 carries. Marlow completed 16 of 30 passes for 193 yards. Evan Roberts rushed for 29 yards on nine attempts.
Lay continued to be a weapon for Oneida in the kicking game as he averaged 39.5 yards per punt on four punts.
Lambert is ready to get back to work and to find out how his team responds.
"I promise you that Oakdale will be ready to play," he said. "I'm anxious to see if our guys are going to rise up and accept the challenge. I'm not going to overlook the Eagles and I hope our kids don't."