QUAPAW — Three touchdowns in the span of about eight minutes in the first quarter sent Wyandotte on its way to a 42-6 victory against Quapaw here Friday, Sept. 15.
Roberto Bravo Jr. got things rolling with a 31-yard touchdown on the first play of the Bears’ second offensive series at 8:22 of the first quarter.
Linebacker Caleb Hurst — back from an injury — returned an interception 26 yards at 3:27 and Bravo scored again just under three minutes later to make it 23-0.
“That defensive score was huge because it just came off a 15-yard facemask (penalty),” Homer said. “That was big momentum wise. It really affected them.”
Quapaw never recovered.
“We weren’t ready to play from the beginning,” Quapaw coach Chris Cawyer said. “A lot of it starts with we didn’t have a good week of practice. We had three or four injuries that are still not healed up. It played a factor in practice this week.
“But Wyandotte is good. Give credit to Brad for what he’s doing with that program. They do a great job over there.”
Matt Lovell caught a 13-yard pass from Jonas Gregory for a touchdown with eight seconds left in the half to narrow the gap to 23-6.
Hurst added a 31-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and then the Bears used a 39-yard pass from Jordon Burney to Helawa Williams and a 26-yard run by Bravo in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“We did play better,” Homer said. “We’re still doing a few things that we shouldn’t, some things that could cost you in a tight game.”
Quapaw had possession of the football almost twice as long as the Bears (30:45 to 17:10) but Wyandotte held a 265-199 advantage in total offense.
“We didn’t play very good the first 14 minutes then for some reason we started playing harder,” Cawyer said.
The Bears rushed for 208 yards and picked up 57 via the pass.
Quapaw had 118 rushing and 81 passing.
Bravo had a game-high 136 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
Hurst added 49 and a score on four touches.
Burney was 5 of 11 passing with two interceptions and the one score.
Williams and Dylon Sparks had two receptions each and Justin Campbell added one.
Austin Crouch was the Wildcats rushing leader with 37 yards and Taylor Roher added 33.
Gregory was 8 of 18 passing. He also had two interceptions and a TD.
Lovell, Crouch and josh Curry had two catches each while Brendan McMackin and Kale Thomasson each had a reception.
“I was proud of our defensive effort,” Homer said. “We ran to the ball really well. We challenged them that 42 points (yielded in a 42-24 loss to Kansas last week) isn’t Wyandotte defense. We stressed that really hard all week.”
Wyandotte travels to Oklahoma Union and Quapaw hosts Fairland on Friday, Sept. 22.