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By BRIAN LANGLEY
Morgan County News
OAKDALE-Sam Woodard had a night to remember on Hollis Eble Field Friday night. It was a night Oakdale would like to forget.
Woodard scored four touchdowns, all on returns, including three in the first quarter, to lead #5-ranked Oneida to a 56-19 victory over the Eagles in a Region 2-A game.
Oakdale came out of the game with some positives. They finished up a grueling three-game stretch, including encounters with top-ten undefeated teams Grace Christian Academy and Oneida along with a strong Midway team. The Eagles also scored 19 points, which is the most given up this season by a very strong defense of Oneida.
"They're good (Oneida). We just got beat by a better team. They are well-coached and Tony Lambert does a great job," explained Oakdale offensive coordinator J.R. Voyles.
"We scored more points on them (Oneida) than anybody."
Woodard's big night got started on the first drive of the game. He scooped up a n Oakdale lateral on the third play of the game and ran it in from four yards out. Josh Slaven added the extra point and the Indians were up 7-0.
By the end of the first quarter, the Indians were up 35-0 as Woodard returned two punts for scores with a 53-yard return and a 2-yard return. In between, Torrey Slaven threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dylan West and Slaven scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak.
Backup quarterback Tyler Blevins entered the game in the second quarter and scored on a 57-yard run for a 42-0 lead.
Oakdale finally got their offense on track midway through the second quarter, they marched 69 yards in 8 plays with D.J. Currier hitting Korbin Turner for a 20-yard touchdown. During the drive, Currier was 5-6 for 72 yards. Turner missed the extra points, but the Eagles had sliced the deficit to 42-6.
Woodard, who had been quiet the second quarter, got Oneida fans out of their seats to start the third quarter when he returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for six and the Indians were up 49-6.
The Eagles came back and responded with a 67-yard scoring drive. Isaiah Turner got the drive started with a 25-yard run and finished it with a 20-yard touchdown gallop. Korbin Turner booted through the extra point to pull Oakdale within 49-13.
The two teams didn't score again until the fourth quarter. Oakdale's Jake Eddelman scored on two-yard run and Oneida's Cole Stephens went the distance on a 51-yard run to give the Indians a 56-19 victory.
"We come out flat and then some things went wrong for us. There is no quit in this team. They played hard and gave it all they had," said Voyles.
"We settled down after the first quarter and played o.k."
Oakdale's 196-yard offensive effort was led by the rushing trio of Isaiah Turner (9-56, 1 TD), Korbin Turner (8-32) and Ryan Powers (7-20). Jake Eddelman scored a rushing touchdown. QB D.J. Currier (12-26 for 103 yards, 1 TD passing) had a productive night throwing the football. Korbin Turner (3-46, 1 TD), Isaiah Turner (1-15), Jordan Hall (2-15) and Ryan Powers (3-13) were the leading receivers.
Oneida's Sam Woodard (3-78, 2 TD punt returns, 1-85, 1 TD kick returns, 1-4, 1 TD fumble return) totaled 167 yards and 4 touchdowns on just four touches in a variety of returns. Tyler Blevins (6-86, 1 TD), Cole Stephens (1-51, 1 TD) and Torrey Slaven (3-7, 1 TD rushing, 1-2, 24 yards, 1 TD passing) each scored a touchdown on the ground for the Indians. Dylan West (1-24, 1 TD) hauled in the only Oneida catch.
Oakdale's defense was led by Korbin Turner (9 tackles, 2 behind the line), Jake Eddelman (6 tackles, 1 behind the line), Jonathan Mathis (5 tackles, 2 behind the line) and Ryan Powers (5 stops). Isaiah Turner (1 tackle behind the line), Dexter Nelson (1 tackle behind the line) and Reid Cannon each added 3 tackles. Jacob Helton registered a sack for the Eagles.
"We took it on the chin the last couple of weeks on defense. We want to get the defense back in the groove. We need to be tougher on defense," said Voyles.
Oakdale (1-3, 0-2 in Region 2-A) will play host to Jackson County (2-3) this Friday for homecoming. The Blue Devils handed the Eagles a 33-7 loss last season.
"We match up size wise with Jackson County. It is a very big game for us," Voyles added.