Oneida fullback Zach King finds himself swallowed up by Sunbright defenders during the Indians' win over the Tigers Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/EddieDuncan)
Oneida fullback Zach King finds himself swallowed up by Sunbright defenders during the Indians' win over the Tigers Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/EddieDuncan)

When Sunbright’s starting offense put a score on the board against Oneida’s second-team defense with just over four minutes remaining in the game, the Tigers avoided being shut out for the first time this season.

But the Indians’ defense was no less impressive against District 4-A’s top-scoring offense, setting the tone early and dominating the game in a 41-7 win.

Oneida (7-2, 4-1) clinched second place in the district with the win, a fact that should bode well for the Indians once the postseason begins in two weeks. Sunbright (6-3, 3-2) had already locked down a wild card playoff spot in Class 1A but was playing for the district’s runner-up spot itself.

The Indians’ defense gave up 42 yards on an early first quarter drive that ended on downs for Sunbright, and gave up 73 yards on the Tigers’ final drive, which resulted in the touchdown. In between, Oneida gave up just 18 yards of total offense to Sunbright, including just two first downs.

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