By Randy Coleman
North Jefferson News
LOCUST FORK —
A cool north breeze and a visit from the Oneonta Redskins to Hornet Stadium brought local fans hopes of finally lifting the burden of a long losing streak to the 2012 Class 4A state runner-up.
But those hopes were quickly dashed, as the Redskins’ Rashad Roberson returned the game's opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, starting fifth-ranked Oneonta on its way to securing a 13th consecutive victory over Locust Fork with a 38-6 win Friday.
After the Hornets moved to the Oneonta 37 before turning the ball over on downs to the Redskins, Oneonta moved 62 yards in nine plays to make it 14-0 when Terrell McDaniel ran it in from three yards out with 3:28 left in the first quarter.
Locust Fork's only score came after a 75 yard push in 11 plays when quarterback Kyle Hornbuckle tossed a 5-yard score to Brandon Rylant. A try for two points failed, leaving the Hornets trailing 14-6 midway in the second quarter.
Oneonta would stretch the lead when quarterback Ko Powell tossed a 12-yard score to Brock Latta, giving them a 21-6 lead at the half.
Hornet hopes for a comeback were dashed midway in the third quarter when Kyle Hornbuckle's pass was intercepted by Terrell McDaniel and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. The Redskins later added a 39-yard Tyler Short field goal and a 3-yard Avery Reid touchdown run.
Both defenses gave yardage grudgingly, as neither offense could reach 200 yards for the game. Hornet defender Dustin McCay had three quarterback sacks.
The Hornets’ Hornbuckle and the Redskins’ Javon Russell were the game's leading rushers with 59 yards each. Rylant caught two passes for 24 yards and the only Hornet touchdown, while Latta led Oneonta with two catches for 22 yards and one score.
Locust Fork's last win in the series with Oneonta was a 26-14 win in 2001.
Locust Fork falls to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the region, and will travel to Fairview next Friday for another Class 4A Region 6 game. Oneonta (2-1, 2-0) returns home to face Crossville.