Oneonta Tops Charles Henderson for Class 4A State Championship

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

TUSCALOOSA, AL -- Avery Reid scored three touchdowns leading Oneonta to the Class 4A State Championship with a 28-10 victory over Charles Henderson. The Redskins finish the year 14-1, winning a state title after back-to-back losses in the championship game in 2011 and 2012.

Oneonta took control from the opening kickoff, using a mix of stifling defense and a power running game to build a 14-3 halftime lead. Reid accounted for a pair of first half touchdowns, staking the Redskins to an 11-point advantage at the break.

Oneonta's defense did the rest, forcing four turnovers during the game, including a back-breaking fumble recovery in the third quarter which set up Reed's third touchdown. Reid finished with 87 yards on six carries, three of which went for scores.

Trailing 21-10, the Trojans scored their only touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter on a short touchdown run from John Johnson. However, Oneonta's defense held twice in the final six minutes, including a fumble recovery to ice the game in the final two minutes.

Ko Powell threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brock Latta midway through the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.

Oneonta used a bend, but don't break style defense to keep the Trojans out of the endzone. Charles Henderson managed 319 yards of total offense, but scored just 10 points on Johnson's touchdown run and a 26-yard-field goal by Baylor Barnes.

The Redskins had little trouble moving the ball against the Trojans, piling up 453 total yards, including 163 on the ground from Terrell McDaniel. Oneonta ends the year with a 14-1 record.

Powell was named MVP of the Class 4A Championship Game, rushing for 82 yards and throwing for 127 more and one touchdown.

Austin Ingram threw for 244 yards, but committed three turnovers. The Trojans close 2013 with a 14-1 record.

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