Lions’ state playoff hopes hinge on beating Oneonta

Sardis (5-3, 3-3) at Oneonta (7-1, 6-0)
Last week’s results:
Fairview 43, Sardis 42; Oneonta 65, St. Clair County 6
2012 result: Oneonta 49, Sardis 0
Series record: Oneonta leads 18-1

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Sardis is fighting for its playoff life this week. Without a victory, the Lions stand little chance of making the postseason.

Almost the only way Sardis can play an 11th game is to beat Oneonta.

“Miracles don’t happen very often,” Lions coach Gene Hill said. “If we had won last week, things would be a lot clearer.”

Sardis had two chances to win against Fairview, but a holding penalty on a touchdown and a last-second interception killed any chance at a victory.

Meanwhile, Oneonta is clicking on all cylinders.

The Redskins are scoring around 50 points in the first half alone in recent games.

“At the start of the season, I didn’t think they were quite as good as last year,” Hill said. “But now I think they might be better than last year. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were the team from the North again (in the Super Six state championships).”

Against Fairview, Will Scott was 27-of-40 in passing for 366 yards and four touchdowns.

Brett Rains caught 15 passes for 218 yards and two scores, while Austin Hallmark had seven receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Keenan Lewis finished with 118 rushing yards to go along with two scores.

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