Short Handed Uniontown Defeats Oswego in District Opener

OSWEGO, Kan. – A Uniontown football team that only suited up a total of twelve players (six freshman, two sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors), used a 22 point surge in the fourth quarter to defeat Three Rivers League rival Oswego, 34-18.

Electing to receive the opening kickoff, the Oswego Indians began their opening drive on their own 34-yard line. The Indians would hand the ball off on the first play from scrimmage, but Uniontown’s defensive end Ty Griffiths ripped the ball away from the Oswego ball carrier. Recovering his own forced fumble, Griffiths set the Eagles up with great field position at the Oswego 31 yard line.

It took the Eagles all of one play to find pay dirt, as quarterback Ty Davidson scampered 31-yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, resulting in a 6-0 Uniontown lead with 11:12 remaining in the first quarter.

Forcing a punt on the ensuing Oswego drive, Uniontown would take over at their own 28-yard line. The Eagles looked to have quickly capitalized again, this time with running back Andrew Reed scoring on a 65-yard run. However, the play would be called back due to a holding penalty. Uniontown’s offense would stall on the drive, giving the football back to the Oswego offense.

Steadily driving down the field, the Indians had moved within the Uniontown 25-yard line. The Eagle’s defense would force another fumble, recovering the ball at their own 22-yard line. Uniontown’s offense would immediately fumble the ball due to a bad quarterback-center exchange, which was recovered by Oswego.

Oswego would make quick work of the Uniontown turnover, as running back Ethan Evans took a hand-off 2-yards for a score. The PAT was good, leaving the score 7-6 in favor of the Indians with 2:13 remaining in the first period of play.

The first quarter would end in the same score, Oswego leading Uniontown 7-6.

Much of the second quarter saw both teams stiffening on defense, limiting the opposing team to mild success. This changed when the Indians’ offense began to move the ball down the field with just under five minutes remaining until the half. Behind the legs of Chase and Ethan Evans, Oswego had drove the ball deep into Eagle territory. Facing a short fourth and inches, Oswego elected to keep their offense on the field and attempt to gain a first down. The Uniontown defense had other ideas, as Andrew Reed broke through the offensive line and tackled Chase Evans for a 3-yard loss. Oswego would turn the ball over on downs.

The Uniontown offense could not capitalize on the momentum, as they were forced to punt the ball back to the Indians.

Again, the Oswego offense drove down inside the Eagle 20-yard line. With 1:18 remaining in the half, the Indians had a first and ten from the Uniontown 11-yard line, but a false start penalty would move the 5-yards back to the 16-yard line. After two incompletions and one short run, Oswego was faced with a fourth and fourteen. Again they would attempt to convert on fourth down. Oswego quarterback Lance Teal would throw a pass that was broken up near the end zone by Uniontown’s Ryan Todd.

With all three of their timeouts and 00:23 seconds to work with, the Eagle’s offense began the drive at their own 14-yard line. After two long runs from Uniontown’s Andrew Reed and Gavin Fry, and two timeouts, the Eagles had moved to their own 39-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Ty Davidson would throw a high arching pass to Hayden Miller, which was caught for a 61-yard touchdown as time expired in the first half. The 2-point try was no good, but Uniontown would head into the locker room leading 12-7.

Uniontown would receive the opening kick of the second half. T

Attempting to catch the Eagles by surprised, Oswego elected for a high short kick. Gavin Fry would snatch the ball out of harms way, and precede all the way to the Oswego 30-yard line. However, on the first play of the drive Oswego’s Chase Evans would tip a Ty Davidson pass to himself, catching it for an interception.

The Indians methodically drove the ball down the field, chewing up much of the time in the third quarter. After running back Ethan Evans was stopped on third down by the Eagle’s defense, Oswego line to to attempt a 31-yard field goal. Kicker Damon Simmons was perfect, as the ball sailed through the uprights. Oswego had inched within two points, trailing 12-10 with 4:36 remaining in the quarter.

The Oswego defense would stand tall, forcing another Uniontown punt on the ensuing drive.

Looking to take the lead, the Indians had once again moved inside the Uniontown 20-yard line. On third down, quarterback Lance Teal dropped back to pass, looking for wide receiver Jace Wilson. The pass was went off the hands of Wilson, and was then tipped up into the air by Uniontown’s Ty Davidson, which was then intercepted by the Eagle’s Andrew Reed just inches before the ball hit the ground. Reed returned the interception all the way to the Oswego 30-yard line. It was the final play of the third quarter.

Uniontown was hanging on to a 12-10 lead over Oswego heading into the fourth quarter.

Aided by an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Indians, the Eagles would start the quarter at the Oswego 15-yard line. Running back Andrew Reed took the first play of the quarter 15-yards for an Eagle touchdown. The 2-point try was successful by running back Hayden Miller, increasing Uniontown’s lead to 20-10 with 11:51 remaining in the final quarter.

Looking to respond with a score of their own, Oswego used a balanced air and ground attack to quickly move into Eagle territory. The Indians had again drove the ball inside the Uniontown 20-yard line. Faced with a fourth and short, Oswego elected to forgo a field goal attempt and go for the first down. The Eagle defensive front would stuff the Indian ball carrier, forcing a turn over on downs.

Capitalizing on the momentum, Uniontown’s offense marched down the field. Eagle Ty Davidson took a designed quarterback run and blew past the Indian defense for a 25-yard for a touchdown. A 15-yard penalty after the play was over forced Uniontown to attempt the 2-point try all the way from the 18-yard line. Still, Ty Davidson was able to take another quarterback scramble into the end zone, this time for two points. The Eagles lead had ballooned to 28-10 with 7:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.

With a sense of urgency, Oswego quarterback Lance Teal connected with Jace Wilson twice and Anthony Smith once to set the Indians up with a first and goal. Two plays later Teal would take the ball into the end zone from a yard out. The 2-point try was successful by running back Ethan Evans, cutting into the Eagle lead. With 4:26 remaining, the Eagles led the Indians 28-18.

Needing points in a hurry, Oswego attempted an onside kick. Kicker Damon Simmons placed a well executed onside kick, but Uniontown’s Hunter Schaaf was able to fall on the ball at mid-field.

Looking to put the game on ice, Uniontown leaned on their ground game to grind down the clock. With 1:39 remaining in the game, running back Andrew Reed took a hand-off 10-yards for a touchdown. The Eagle’s 2-point try was unsuccessful, resulting in a 34-18 Uniontown lead.

Oswego would not go away without a fight, as Lance Teal and the Indian passing attack marched into Eagle territory with just over a minute remaining. However, Uniontown’s Gavin Fry stepped in front of an Indian receiver, intercepting Teal’s pass.

The Eagles took three knees in the victory formation and ran the clock out.

Uniontown was only able to suit up a total of twelve players, but found a way to defeat Oswego 34-18, scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Eagle’s Head Coach Jeremy Neville was quoted saying, “We had some major adversity with illnesses and other things this week. This was truly a miraculous effort by our kids. You just won’t see something like this happen much.” Jeremy Neville added that “Oswego’s defense was fatigued in the fourth quarter and our run game was punishing. This was just a great overall team effort for our program.”

Ty Davidson led the Eagle’s offense, rushing for 62-yards and three touchdowns, while also throwing a 61-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Miller. Andrew Reed also added 101-yards on 16 carries and one score. Gavin Fry rushed for 35-yards as well.

On defense a host of Eagle’s made a big impact. Andrew Reed totaled 13 tackles and one interception, while Gavin Fry added 11 tackles and an interception. Ty Davidson and Nick Hathaway both finished with 10 tackles, while Ty Griffiths pitched in 6 tackles and a forced fumble that he recovered.

Ethan Evans paced the Oswego offense with 169-yards on 21 carries, also scoring a touchdown.

With the win Uniontown moves to 4-3 on the season, including 1-0 in district play and 2-1 in the TRL. Oswego falls to 1-6 overall, 0-1 in district play, and 1-2 in the TRL.

Looking ahead, Uniontown (4-3, 2-1 TRL, 1-0 District) will continue district and league play Friday night as they host the Yates Center Wildcats (1-6, 1-1 TRL, 0-1 District). Oswego (1-6, 1-2 TRL, 0-1 District) travels to play a St. Marys Colgan (5-2, 1-0 District).