The seventh grade Junior Knights held on for another victory Tuesday night while the eighth grade fell in a hard-fought loss that was much closer than the score indicates.
• 8TH GRADE
Oneonta 26, Arab 6
The talented Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead before the Knights put together a solid third quarter. Oneonta’s Da’Marion Bothwell had 115 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored all four touchdowns, including a 94-yard interception return as time expired.
Bothwell scored on an 18-yard touchdown run with 5:02 to go in the first but the try for two failed, with Logan Silva intercepting a pass.
In the second quarter, Arab drove to the Redskins’ 37 before running out of downs. Oneonta drove the distance in 10 plays with Bothwell scoring from a yard out. Landon Abernathy connected with Drew Buse for two with 1:44 left in the half.
“We just fell behind early and couldn’t get in the end zone the first half,” said head coach Jason Guger.
Arab responded nicely in the third quarter with a 65-yard drive of 13 plays that included several nice runs up the middle and ended with quarterback Jackson Jones and Dylan Benefield hooking up for a 15-yard touchdown pass play. The try for two failed with 1:40 to go in the quarter.
The Redskins’ next drive resulted in a fumble following a hit by Jathan Shelton and the recovery by Landon Grizzard at Oneonta’s 40-yard line.
“The kids really answered the call for what we talked about at halftime,” Guger said. “Our offensive line absolutely dominated for a quarter and a half but it was too late.
“We didn’t play a good first half and just fell behind too early. But we played an excellent third quarter and maybe that’s something to build off of.”
After the fumble recovery, the Knights ran out of downs at Oneonta’s 23, and Bothwell scored three plays later on a 42-yard run with 3:49 to go. Not giving up, the Knights answered with a 54-yard drive that included a Jones to Austin Dyson pass of 18 yards to the Redskin 11 followed by a pass that was just off the fingertips of Silva incomplete in the end zone.
Then, Bothwell got the pick-six on the last play of the game.
Jones completed 11 of 14 passes for 99 yards for the Knights, with J.R. Young getting 50 yards rushing on 11 carries.
• 7TH GRADE
Arab 22, Crossville 14
The Crossville Lions, led by QB Bo Brock, who passed for 202 yards, used big plays to stay in the game with the Knights, but a red zone stand at the end of the contest preserved the win.
Early on it was all Arab, as the Knights scored on the opening drive of 65 yards in only seven plays as Logan Alldredge scored on a 41-yard run and also ran in the two-point conversion.
Kaiden Story recovered a fumble on the Lions’ second play from scrimmage at the Crossville 24 and from there, the Knights got as close as the 2 but were unable to score.
Crossville got the ball at the 4 and scored in four plays on a Brock to Brodie Adams pass that covered 89 yards. The try for two failed and Arab led 8-6 with 5:15 to go in the second quarter.
Following a Crossville miscue, Arab took over at the Lions’ 19 and Alldredge, who had 75 yards rushing on 16 carries, scored from 5 yards out. QB Kolby Hardin completed a pass to Lawson King for the two-point conversion with 22 seconds left in the half.
But, the Lions cashed in on another big play to make it a 16-14 game at halftime as Brock completed a pass that covered 79 yards for a score as time expired. Garcia Patino ran in the two-point conversion.
After holding Crossville to open the third quarter, the Knights drove 51 yards in four plays with Hardin and Alldredge connecting on a 37-yard touchdown pass play. The try for two failed with 2:26 to go in the third quarter.
The Lions followed with an impressive drive that ended with a pass to the 2 on 4th-and-goal. From there, the Knights stayed on the ground to eat up the remaining time on the clock. Alldredge got most of the carries, but Kaiden Story’s 19-yard run to the 24 on third-and-7 from the 5 was huge.
“That was probably the most competitive game they’ve had this year,” Guger said. “It was good for them to experience some of the things that happened.
“We had the drive to put the game away that used up three minutes at the end of the game that kept them from getting the ball back and having an opportunity to score. They’re really growing up and becoming a football-smart team so they can handle big situations well.”
Hardin completed 6 of 9 passes for 82 yards.