WATERTOWN — Watertown dropped its fourth straight game to open the season, falling to the Oneida Indians 34-13 at Robinson Stadium on Friday night.
"We have been making the same mistakes the last three
weeks," Watertown coach Gavin Webster said. Tackling, blocking and taking care of the football and that falls back on the coach."
A little past midway in the opening quarter, Oneida got on the
board first with a 24-yard run by Jed Newport, the first of his two scores on the night, giving the Indians a 7-0 lead.
Oneida had another opportunity when Watertown fumbled and
gave the ball to the Indians at the Purple Tiger 24-yard line.
The Purple Tiger defense held and forced a long field-goal attempt
of 42 yards by Bryce Couch. The kick was missed and gave Watertown the ball back. But the Tigers went three and out on the next possession.
Oneida's next possession lasted eight plays and 43 yards, driving
the ball to the 10-yard line. Another field goal was attempted, this one
of 27 yards and again it was missed, leaving the score at 7-0.
Oneida gave Watertown an opportunity when Cole West fumbled
inside the 35-yard line. The Tigers took possession and went on
an 11-play, 68-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard scramble run by Ty Jobe.
On the extra point, the snap was high and the holder scrambled and attempted
a pass into the end zone that fell incomplete and the score was 7-6 at halftime.
Watertown took the opening drive of the second half and moved the ball inside the 30-yard line of the Indians. On a fourth-down-and-8 play, Jobe threw a pass
that was complete but short of the first down giving the ball back to the visitors.
Oneida was forced to punt. The Watertown returner had a problem handling it and the Indians recovered at the Watertown 23-yard line.
It took the Indians three plays and they scored on a short run by West.
Early in the fourth quarter, Oneida scored again on a 7-yard run by
Newport making the score 20-6.
Watertown cut the lead in half on a 65-yard bomb to Brandon George from
Jobe, who finished the night 14-of-22 for 204 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
In the final seven minutes, Oneida scored twice on two long runs. The first by Jacob Adams covered 59 yards. The last one was by Nate Bowling
that covered 29 yards and provided the game's final margin.
Watertown will have its homecoming game next week against Red
Boiling Springs. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Robinson Stadium.
Oneida 34, Watertown 13
Oneida 7 0 7 20—34
Watertown 0 6 0 7—13
Oneida — Jed Newport 24 run [Bryce Couch kick], 4:54.
Watertown — Ty Jobe 1 run [pass failed], 2:50.
Oneida — Cole West 1 run [Couch kick], 4:30.
Oneida — Newport 7 run [kick failed], 8:07.
Watertown — Brandon George 65 pass from Jobe [Chandler Powell kick], 7:34.
Oneida — Jacob Adams 59 run [Couch kick], 7:16.
Oneida — Nate Bowling 29 run [Couch kick], 2:42.
First downs 15 11
Rushes-yards 48-355 22-61
Passing yards 2 204
Comp.-Att.-Int. 1-3-0 14-22-1
Return yards 28 19
Punts-avg. 3-38.6 4-24
Penalties-yards 5-60 2-10
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-2
RUSHING — Oneida: Nate Bowling 6-61, Jed Newport 10-48, Cole West 18-107, Jacob Adams 4-89, Matt Phillips 1-14, Dalton Chambers 9-36. Watertown: Brady Swann 2-6, Ty Jobe 7-26, Brandon George 1-[-3], Luke Turner 11-35, Kendal Newcome 1-[-3].
RECEIVING — Oneida: Jed Newport 1-2. Watertown: Luke Turner 2-15, Brandon George 3-103, Dakota Self 7-51, Kendal Newcome 1-20, Brady Swann 1-15.