By Goose Lindsay
Oneida’s M.E. Thompson Field is one of the toughest places to play in East Tennessee and it proved so again Friday night as the Indians knocked off Wartburg, 42-6, in the Region 2-2A opener for both teams.
For Oneida, Kolby Morgan was the story as the talented running back rushed for 155 yards with four TDs on only 10 carries while adding an 85-yard reception for another score.
Morgan got the Indians off to a quick start as he capped a 5-play, 39-yard scoring drive with a 15-yard to give Oneida a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Wartburg answered with what appeared to be a long scoring drive. The Bulldogs drove 50 yards in 15 plays when an interception in the end zone ended Wartburg’s scoring chance.
Oneida led just 7-0 after one period of play, but the Indians had the game well in hand by halftime, finding the end zone three times for a 28-0 lead at intermission.
Morgan scored the first TD when he took a pass 85 yards into the end zone. The completion was Oneida’s only pass attempt of the night.
Morgan also scored the Indians’ final TD of the first half with a 10-yard run to put the finishing touches on a 41-yard drive.
DeShaun Brabson scored Oneida’s third touchdown of the night on a 35-yard run.
Morgan stayed hot in the third quarter as he took Oneida’s first play of the third quarter 75 yards for a touchdown to make the score 35-0.
Wartburg avoided the shutout when Blake Casey scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap a 9-play, 43-yard drive.
Oneida closed the scoring late with a Landen O’Donnell 4-yard run.
Tyler Davis (57 yards passing), Konner Carpenter (34 yards rushing), Blake Casey (29 yards receiving) and Samuel McCarty (7 tackles) led the way for the Bulldogs in the loss.
Wartburg (0-3) will look for its first win of 2020 Friday night when the Bulldogs host Oakdale (2-1) at John R. Dillon Field.