Oneonta High rushed for 363 yards — 197 of those coming from junior Skylar Thompson — en route to a 33-28 Section Four Football Conference non-division victory over Ithaca on homecoming Saturday at Lloyd F. Baker Field.
It marked the first victory for coach John Mushtare at OHS.
“They were,” Mushtare said when asked if his squad was excited following the victory. “I think the last couple of weeks they recognized they were getting better. Getting that first victory, it’s going to be a whole lot easier practicing this week.”
The Yellowjackets (1-4) scored the first 26 points. Thompson had scoring runs of 21 and 25 yards, Austin Scheer had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Sam Sherrill scored from 2 yards.
When Sherrill, who had 95 yards on the ground, scored on a 24-yard run and Mat Robinson followed with his third extra point, OHS had a 33-6 lead with 11 minutes, 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
“We began the game running the fullback trap,” said Mushtare, who won 27 games as Unatego’s coach from 2004-06. “The first two plays, we gained 35 and 14 yards. When Ithaca started leaning toward the middle, we ran off tackle with Thompson and Scheer. We were able to get off tackle most of the day.
“The line was opening holes and the backs were hitting the holes,” he continued. “The fakes were good and kept the defense at home. They couldn’t chase one back.”
The Little Red (0-5) finished with 22 unanswered points. The first score came on a 70-yard pass from Julian Tino to Aiden McCarthy. Mushtare said two OHS defenders were in position to make the play, when the ball was deflected. McCarthy, who was not intended receiver, caught the carom and raced into the end zone.
Ithaca’s next touchdown came on a fake punt. Punter Eric Lovett scrambled before finding Pat O’Dowd, who made the catch about 15 yards downfield and took it the rest of the way.