Stiory updated at 1:30 p.m. 8/26 to include additional details.
QUAPAW — Unable to hold onto an early lead, Quapaw suffered a 34-16 loss to Drumright in the 2017 football season opener for both teams.
“Honestly, we played pretty well, we really did,” said head coach Chris Cawyer. ‘They did what we expected them. I am satisfied with them. I am happy with them. They probably don’t think so just because we lost the game, but we took a step forward.”
Quapaw jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, but trailed 14-8 at the half.
Drumright got a touchdown in the third quarter and added two more scores in the fourth.
Quapaw got a late touchdown to create the final margin.
‘They don’t have that toughness yet of mentality, not toughness physical, but toughness of mentality,” Cawyer said. “They just don’t have that yet where we need them to be”
Quarterback Trevor Jones had a hand in four of the Tornadoes’ five touchdowns in the game
He had a 1-yard run, a 58-yard pass to Malachi Staley, a 30-yard run and a 34-yard pass from Hunter Howard.
Gregory Burris also added a 4-yard run for Drumright.
“We are young, so I was glad we responded well to being down early,” said Drumright coach Brandon Blizzard, a 2003 graduate of Fairland High School.
Quarterback Jonas Gregory was Quapaw’s leading rusher with 71 yards on 11 carries.
He had a 30-yard run for the Cats’ first touchdown.
The fourth-quarter TD was a 14-yard pass from Gregory to Trevor White.
White added 59 yards rushing on 13 attempts and Austin Couch contributed 42 yards on 12 carries.
Gregory was 3 of 7 passing for 83 yards and the one score.
His other completions were for 65 yards to Brandon McMackin and 4 yards to Matt Lovell.
“I hope these kids respond to what happened Friday night and want to make themselves better,” Cawyer said. “They worked hard. We just have to find out how much harder they want to work.”
Quapaw travels to Oklahoma Union Friday, Sept. 1.