AFTON — They never were in danger, but the Afton Eagles were their own worst enemy during a 62-24 romp against Barnsdall here Friday, Sept. 29.
An interception ended their first drive. They scored on the next two series, coughed the ball up on a fumble, and then cashed in on their next six series to turn the game into a rout.
“We had some uncharacteristic turnovers that kept them in the ballgame early in the first quarter that nullified some drives that I was sure we were going to get points out of. We kinda stopped ourselves,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said.
Quarterback Wil Amos had his first interception on a play throwing into double coverage then there was a miscue on an option play that resulted in the fumble.
“He (Amos) overcame it, understood and learned from it, but it was frustrating for him to make some things that he was doing last year that we felt like he got past,” Gardner said.
The Eagles only were up by a touchdown in the first quarter then scored four times in the second.
It was 48-12 heading into the final stanza when the Eagles held a 14-12 edge.
This was the second straight year the Eagles scored 62 points against Barnsdall.
They rolled to a 62-13 last season and now have won the last four meetings with BHS by a 234-45 margin.
Amos had 269 yards rushing and three TDs on 23 carries and Briar Julian contributed 156 yards and two scores on seven attempts.
Amos also was 10 of 14 passing for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Kyle Corley snagged five passes for 111 yards and two TDs and Julian and Zach Henry had two receptions each. Brett Hollon added one.
“We have a lot of weapons, but everybody overlooks the line of scrimmage,” Gardner said. “At this time last year we were praising those guys, but it’s the same guys up front that is getting it done. They have more experience and are hungry from where we were last year. They understand what it’s going to take to get it done. They’ve really been playing physical ball.
“People are keying on the run and we’re still making positive gains. That’s really pleasing.”
The guys in the trenches for the Eagles have been Seth Miller at left tackle, Braeden Gaines at let guard, Travis Lukens at center, Tate Maupin at right guard and Jacob Barton at right tackle.
“We have two or three guys having big games, but it’s obvious we have to open up some avenues for them to run through.”
Defensively, Afton allowed 330 yards in total offense. The Panthers had 217 yards rushing and 113 passing.
Julian led the way defensively with three solos and four assists while Lukens and Barton logged two solos and four assists. Hollon had four and one while Cole Mikesell was in on five solo and two assisted tackles.
Zach Henry had five assists.