The Daily Star
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Gone is the Oneonta City Stallions’ seven-game winning streak following a 29-6 Northeastern Football Alliance loss at the Glove Cities Colonials on Saturday.
“We came out flat as a pancake,” Stallions co-owner Tom Terry said of a squad that trailed, 13-0, at halftime and 23-0 after three quarters. “We had a very unfocused, mistake-riddled performance.”
Oneonta City (7-2) averted a shutout when quarterback Noble Champen scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter that made the score, 23-6.
Even with the loss, the Stallions can still secure the East Conference’s top seed with a victory over the Finger Lakes Impact at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tom Coughlin Stadium in Waterloo. The top seed earns a first-round bye in the playoffs.
“If we lose (to Finger Lakes), it would knock us to third place and we’d be on the road to Glove Cities (for the first week of the playoffs),” Terry said.
Finger Lakes is 4-3.
Glove Cities, which lost, 18-12, in overtime to the Stallions in the teams’ first meeting this season, scored twice on long plays in the second quarter.
Colonials quarterback Salih Banks ran 76 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring and later threw a 46-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
“We’ve played good football for the last seven weeks, but these guys were ready,” Terry said of Glove Cities squad that clinched a playoff berth with its 6-3 record. “We played them even in the first quarter, but we just could never get our rhythm. They controlled us the entire game.”
Zach Blocker led Oneonta City with 40 rushing yards. Defensively, Jeremy Polemus had five tackles and Justin Peters recovered a fumble.
“There’s not a whole heck of a lot you can say when you score six points,” said Terry, whose team lost for the first time since a 14-7 setback to Utica in Week 1.Gone is the Oneonta City Stallions' seven-game winning streak following a 29-6 Northeastern Football Alliance loss at the Glove Cities Colonials on Saturday.