The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

A New Chapter

VVS takes down Oneida in rivalry matchup

- By Joshua Wagner jwagner@oneidadisp­

It’s hard to put into words the rivalry between Oneida and VVS. But it is probably the closest thing our community will have to a Yankees vs. Red Sox, Batman vs. Superman, or Michael Jordan vs. Lebron James. Ok, maybe not as enormous as any of those, but it sure felt like it.

Just riding into Vernon Verona Sherrill high school felt like it was the Super Bowl, not an open parking spot in sight. But, both the Oneida and VVS crowd were electric going in, and it was time to write another chapter in this historic rivalry.

This marked the 72nd time these schools locked horns on the field. And VVS holds the edge with an overall record of 34-33-4. So either Oneida would add a win to knot up the record, or VVS would extend it.

Despite the Blue and Oranges’ efforts to take home a win, it was all VVS. The VVS running game was all over the Oneida defense in this matchup. The Red Devils did not let up their offensive attack and took down their foe with a massive win. VVS walked in and commanded the game taking home a 45-13 victory.

After VVS won the toss and elected to defer, Oneida did not start the way one would hope. Their opening drive began with a fumble that the Red Devils recovered. VVS would promptly score on a 32-yard pass from Jackson Horodnick to Bryce Palmer. After the successful PAT, VVS was up 7-0.

Being in a quick defecate, Oneida was looking to crawl out as speedily as possible. But, dismally, the Blue and Orange weren’t able to get any offense going. The opening frames of this contest were very repetitive. Oneida not being able to get any ground or momentum while VVS was this unstoppabl­e juggernaut.

The next Red Devils possession resulted in another touchdown via a 4-yard rush from James Wheeler. Wheeler was the MVP for VVS in this rivalry matchup. The running game is something VVS prides itself on, but this game took it to the extreme. Wheeler ran for 205 yards and ended with two touchdowns. Brady Carver also had himself a night with 85 yards and a touchdown. But VVS had a significan­t passing game as well. Jackson Horodnick was filling in for Ben Wittman, who was out with an injury. Horodnick threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns. It was virtually a perfect night for the Red Devils.

The first half went on with more scores from VVS. First with a 17-yard rush from Carver and then a 67yard pass to Palmer. Then as the half was coming to a close, James Wheeler put another TD on the board for VVS.

The first half ended with VVS up over Oneida, 35-0.

Oneida definitely struggled throughout this contest. There were almost zero opportunit­ies from Oneida rusher Braedon Williams. It was a very stagnant offense and defense for the Blue and Orange.

The second half opened with more scores from VVS, with Horodnick tossing a 42-yard touchdown to Matt Hicks. And at this point, the energy was sucked away from Oneida.

With another blundered drive, it smelled the beginning of the end for the Blue and Orange.

VVS then capped off their impressive performanc­e with a 35 yard FG that boosted the lead to 45-0.

Oneida would get on the board very late after a 16yard from Braedon Williams and then an 80-yard pass. But by that point, it was too little too late.

As the final buzzer approached, the VVS crowd knew it was completed and celebrated the 45-13 win. Then a show of respect from both squads wrapped up this 72nd encounter between these two teams. While VVS took home the win this time, Oneida will come back stronger once we see these teams cross routes again.

 ?? PHOTO BY JOSHUA WAGNER ?? Brady Carver celebrates a 17-yard rushing TD during a VVS win over Oneida.
PHOTO BY JOSHUA WAGNER Brady Carver celebrates a 17-yard rushing TD during a VVS win over Oneida.
 ?? PHOTO BY JOSHUA WAGNER ?? Bryce Palmer on his way to the endzone to score a 67-yard touchdown.
PHOTO BY JOSHUA WAGNER Bryce Palmer on his way to the endzone to score a 67-yard touchdown.

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