CHOUTEAU — A touchdown with 1:27 remaining helped Chouteau claim a 20-14 win over Quapaw here Friday, Sept. 8.
Quapaw had jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but was unable to sustain.
“It was 14-0 and we had one called back – it should have been 28-0 very easily,” Quapaw head coach Chris Cawyer said.
Cawyer said he takes the blame for the loss.
“We weren’t prepared for people getting hurt,” he said. “We didn’t have backup people in the right spots with special teams, offense, defense and everything. We’ve got to do some adjustments. We’ve just got to move on.”
Austin Crouch had runs of 50 and 17 yards to give the Wildcats the early lead.
Chouteau cut the gap to 14-6 in the second quarter on a 49-yard run by Troy McMahan.
The hosts had the only points of the second half, getting a 10-yard run from Daylen McCrary. McMahan got the conversion to tie the game at 14.
The game winner came on a 6-yard run by McMahan with 1:27 remaining. The PAT kick failed.
“It’s hard to swallow when they played like they played,” Cawyer said.
Crouch had 169 yards and two scores on 26 carries.
“Austin played really well,” Cawyer said. “He’s running hard. He isn’t big and get pounded but did a great job.”
Quarterback Jonas Gregory completed only one of eight pass attempts for 4 yards. He was intercepted once.
Brendan McMackin had the one reception.
McCrary and McMahan accounted for 352 rushing yards for Chouteau.
McMahan ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries and McCrary added 168 yards and one TD on 28 attempts.
Chouteau had only two pass completions for 4 yards.
Gregory was the Cats’ defensive leader with six solo and one assisted tackle.
Tanner Daniels had four solos and two assists and Josh Curry logged three solos and four assists.
Quapaw hosts Wyandotte Friday, Sept. 15.
The Bears suffered a 42-14 loss to Kansas.