On one hand, Tellico Plains was able to do what most teams have been unable to do this season — hold Oneida under 300 yards rushing.
On the other hand, the Bears were unable to come up with enough offense against a stout Indian defense, falling 17-7 in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs at Dr. M.E. Thompson Field Friday evening.
For Oneida (9-2), 230 rushing yards — the Indians’ second-lowest total of the season — was more than enough on a night when Tellico Plains (7-4) could muster only one touchdown. Despite the relatively low rushing total — the game marked just the third time in 11 games that Oneida was held to fewer than 300 yards — the stats were largely the result of the slow-it-down nature of the game, as the Indians were forced to punt just twice.