|Published: 11:52 AM, 06/05/2013
||Last updated: 11:53 AM, 06/05/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER вЂ” Sweetwater got a crash course in an offense that it doesn't see too often and a pretty stern message before this fall arrives.
Oneida came onto King Berrong Field Tuesday and befuddled the Wildcats' defense with its option offense, misdirecting its way to two touchdowns in its first four possessions and besting Sweetwater by a so-called score of 23-12.
"We got to get better," said Sweetwater coach Craig Moser. "We've got to get in a lot better shape, get more physical, get a lot stronger, and we got to get a lot more aggressive."
Perhaps even more vexing to the coaching staff than Oneida's misdirection is what Sweetwater did on offense вЂ” coughing up the ball twice and throwing two interceptions. The Wildcats also stalled on servaral of their drives.
"Way too many turnovers," Moser said. "And we were knocking holes, but we just couldn't finish our blocks. I thought they outhustled us."
The Wildcats ended Oneida's first drive with an interception, but the Indians sprung a big run to get into Sweetwater's red zone on its next turn on offense and punched it in for the first score.
Oneida added its second score on a 60-yard fly route.
"I thougth we played pretty good in the tackle box, but then we let the little sally back underneath," Moser said. "It hurt us. And then our DBs fell asleep once right there.
"We'd hold them, but then weвЂ™d give up big plays."
But the Wildcats straightened themselves out on defense for the most part afterwards. They only gave up one more touchdown, this one after one of their interceptions. Sweetwater's defense actually got the four-down stop in their territory, but scrimmage rules let Oneida test its red zone offense with a fresh set of downs, with which the Indians added their third score.
"We picked it up as the scrimmage went on," Moser said. "We haven't seen that offense and we didn't practice for it. We were practicing for ourselves. So, we need to do a better job of being fundamentally sound."
Down 14-0, Sweetwater got on the board when Andrew Barr dumped a pass into the flat to DeShonde Thankon, who sprinted 55 yards for the touchdown.
"Barr made a good read in the flat and he did what he was supposed to do with it," Moser said. "Turned it up and got some good yardage out of it."
Barr added the WildcatsвЂ™ second score on a keeper before the second-string teams from both scrimmaging schools got their time on the field to finish.
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