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Oneida advances with dominate defensive performance at Happy Valley

Indians limit Happy Valley to 79 yards, force three turnovers in first round win

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn.  |  It would have been hard to imagine a better defensive effort than the one Oneida turned in here Friday night in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

The Indians defeated Happy Valley 17-0, on a night when their defense limited the Warriors to only 79 yards and forced three turnovers.

recorded a team-high 15 stops for Oneida, but it was freshman lineman Eli Jordan Sexton who particularly stood out. He finished with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and had 1.5 tackles for loss. He was named the IH Sports Network's Trophy Masters Lineman of the Game.

and Kam Kash also recovered fumbles for Oneida, while Gilbert forced Happy Valley's third fumble.

Oneida's offense wasn't spectacular, but good enough on a night when Happy Valley never sniffed the end zone.

The Indians finished with 189 yards of offensive production, accumulating most of them on the ground.

Another freshman, , was the Indians' leading rusher, with 68 yards on 15 carries, including a touchdown. added 61 yards on eight carries. Lowe was named the IHSN's First National Bank Player of the Game.

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While Oneida's passing attack was limited, it accounted for more than enough points to win the game. found for a 13-yard touchdown that proved to be the Indians' second and final touchdown of the night.

missed a field goal attempt early, but redeemed himself with a 29-yard kick late in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

The win boosts Oneida to the second round, where the Indians will rematch York Institute in Jamestown Friday evening. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. York won the earlier meeting, 28-0.

Both Oneida and Happy Valley entered Friday's first round game with 7-3 records, and the Warriors were runners-up in Region 1-2A after upsetting South Greene in the regular season.

But you wouldn't have known that Oneida was the road team in Friday's showdown. The Indians' defense stymied the home team all night. 

Lowe scored on an eight-yard run late in the first quarter to get the scoring started for Oneida. 

Things had a chance to get ugly early after a bad snap on a punt attempt resulted in Happy Valley turning it over on downs at its own 12-yard-line on the ensuing possession. But the Indians were unable to capitalize — though, with the way their defense was playing, they already had all the points they needed to win.

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Rector found Frazier on a 13-yard touchdown pass just before the end of the first half to make it 14-0. 

Lynch's 29-yard kick in the third quarter proved to be insurance points for Oneida, which did not allow Happy Valley a single snap on the plus side of the 50 until the third quarter. Even then, the Warriors didn't mount a serious threat until late in the third, and Sexton put an end to that. The freshman forced a fumble that Burchfield recovered at the Indians' 17-yard-line to stop Happy Valley's only trip to the red zone.

The game ended with Oneida on Happy Valley's 11-yard-line, choosing to take a knee rather than go for another score.

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn.  |  It would have been hard to imagine a better defensive effort than the one Oneida turned in here Friday night in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

The Indians defeated Happy Valley 17-0, on a night when their defense limited the Warriors to only 79 yards and forced three turnovers.

recorded a team-high 15 stops for Oneida, but it was freshman lineman Eli Jordan Sexton who particularly stood out. He finished with two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and had 1.5 tackles for loss. He was named the IH Sports Network's Trophy Masters Lineman of the Game.

and Kam Kash also recovered fumbles for Oneida, while Gilbert forced Happy Valley's third fumble.

Oneida's offense wasn't spectacular, but good enough on a night when Happy Valley never sniffed the end zone.

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The Indians finished with 189 yards of offensive production, accumulating most of them on the ground.

Another freshman, , was the Indians' leading rusher, with 68 yards on 15 carries, including a touchdown. added 61 yards on eight carries. Lowe was named the IHSN's First National Bank Player of the Game.

While Oneida's passing attack was limited, it accounted for more than enough points to win the game. found for a 13-yard touchdown that proved to be the Indians' second and final touchdown of the night.

missed a field goal attempt early, but redeemed himself with a 29-yard kick late in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

The win boosts Oneida to the second round, where the Indians will rematch York Institute in Jamestown Friday evening. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. York won the earlier meeting, 28-0.

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Both Oneida and Happy Valley entered Friday's first round game with 7-3 records, and the Warriors were runners-up in Region 1-2A after upsetting South Greene in the regular season.

But you wouldn't have known that Oneida was the road team in Friday's showdown. The Indians' defense stymied the home team all night. 

Lowe scored on an eight-yard run late in the first quarter to get the scoring started for Oneida. 

Things had a chance to get ugly early after a bad snap on a punt attempt resulted in Happy Valley turning it over on downs at its own 12-yard-line on the ensuing possession. But the Indians were unable to capitalize — though, with the way their defense was playing, they already had all the points they needed to win.

Rector found Frazier on a 13-yard touchdown pass just before the end of the first half to make it 14-0. 

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Lynch's 29-yard kick in the third quarter proved to be insurance points for Oneida, which did not allow Happy Valley a single snap on the plus side of the 50 until the third quarter. Even then, the Warriors didn't mount a serious threat until late in the third, and Sexton put an end to that. The freshman forced a fumble that Burchfield recovered at the Indians' 17-yard-line to stop Happy Valley's only trip to the red zone.

The game ended with Oneida on Happy Valley's 11-yard-line, choosing to take a knee rather than go for another score.

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