ONEONTA – This walk-before-you-run process that is Oneonta High football in 2013 took a positive step or two Friday night, but there’s still a long ways to go.
The Yellowjackets dropped to 0-3 with a 48-0 Section Four Football Conference Division II loss to a Susquehanna Valley squad that fielded a far superior team.
“We played 2 ½ quarters of good football,” said first-year OHS coach John Mushtare, whose team has been outscored, 149-14, in the first three weeks. “We keep improving every week. I told the players today that we’re young and we’re going to make young mistakes. We made some mistakes tonight, but we played better.”
For a half and one drive into the second half, OHS played competitively.
Its three best offensive plays of the night came consecutively to start the third quarter.
Junior Skylar Thompson busted through a hole on the left side for a 25-yard gain on the Yellowjackets’ first play of the second half. Sophomore quarterback Jake Crotser then hit Mat Robinson for a 7-yard gain near the right sideline. Austin Scheer followed with a 20-yard gain around the right corner and OHS had a first-and-goal at the Sabers’ 8.
A touchdown and an extra point would have made it a 15-7 score.
Instead, Thompson lost 5 yards on first down and a hurried Crotser nearly was intercepted on second down. On third down, Crotser threw a perfect pass in the back of the end zone, but Robinson dropped it.
Then on fourth down, Crotser dropped to pass, was pressured immediately and eventually was sacked by Chris Vascello for an 18-yard loss.
Two plays later, Marquis Jackson raced through a huge hole on the left side, cut it to the sideline and used his considerable speed to sprint 66 yards for a touchdown. Lain Zembek’s extra point extended the Sabers’ lead to 22-0.