KIMBERLY — Mortimer Jordan learned something going into the first round of the playoffs — their defense against an old-fashioned, run-it-up-the-gut opponent like Oneonta needs work. A lot of work.
After a sputtering start for most the first half, the No. 4 (Class 4A) Redskins dominated to pound out a 38-6 victory.
There was nothing fancy at all about the Oneonta game plan. It was largely run the ball straight up the middle, or a pass on an out-route. But overall, it was “here we come, try to stop us.”
Most of the work for the Skins came from running back Terrell McDaniel. The senior running back ran for 84 yards and a touchdown, all before the midway point of the third quarter. His last hurrah was a 26-yard punt return that brought the ball to the Jordan 36, setting up a touchdown pass from Powell to Brock Latta two plays later. McDaniel opened the scoring with a 4-yard run with 5:21 in the first quarter.
On the next kickoff, the Devils got great field position thanks to a 50-yard return by Landon Smith, but were stopped scoreless inside the Oneonta 10-yard line.
Jordan blocked the punt at the end of the Redskins’ next possession, taking over on the 34. Using a hurry-up scheme, quarterback Devlin Hodges marched the ball down to the 5-yard line, where he connected with his younger brother Duncan for would proved to be the hosts’ only touchdown. (Devlin Hodges’ two-point conversion pass was incomplete.)
On the very next kickoff, Devlin Hodges executed a near-perfect onside kick, recovering the ball himself to set Jordan up again. But again, Oneonta stopped that drive, as the ball went over on downs when a fourth-and-two run by Landon Smith was a foot short.
The Redskins then scored twice in the last minute of the first half. Avery Reid finished off a 52-yard drive with a 7-yard run with 51 seconds left. Then on the ensuing kickoff, return man Trey Peters fumbled the ball away on his 24-yard line, and Oneonta got close enough for a 20-yard Tyler Short field goal as time expired.