BARNSDALL — Unable to dig their way out of a 20-point first-quarter hole, Quapaw suffered a 45-0 loss to Barnsdall in a District A-7 game here Thursday, Oct. 19.
Barnsdall had 510 yards in total offense, averaging 10.9 yards per play.
The Panthers (6-3 overall and 2-3 in A-7 play) had 307 yards passing and added 203 on the ground.
Quapaw (0-9, 0-5) mustered only 10 passing yards and 69 via the run.
“They are pretty good,” Quapaw head coach Chris Cawyer said. “Their quarterback and running back are pretty good. The offensive and defensive lines have big kids.”
A 47-yard run by Joe Smith came on the game’s first series then the Panthers scored twice in 3 minutes to create a 20-0 advantage.
James Cole teamed with Joe Cole on a 20-yard pass in the second quarter.
The third-quarter scoring included an interception return by Joe Cole as well as a 1-yard run by Eli Cole and a 35-yard James Cole-to-Paul Schmidt pass play that were 1:54 apart.
Quapaw ran 50 plays compared to 47 for the Panthers and had the ball right at 7 minutes longer.
“We kinda opened it up,” Cawyer said. “(Quarterback) Kale Thomasson did a tremendous job of reading what he is supposed to do and hitting the right people. He ran the offense really, really well when we went to the spread.
“We ran some quads and did some different things that we hadn’t shown in a while. He really matured.”
Thomasson completed 9 of 19 passes for 10 yards.
Austin Crouch caught four passes for 62 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per catch. Jonas Gregory, Jordan Carolus and Matt Lovell had two catches each.
Gregory was the Cats’ leading rusher with 29 yards on six carries. Crouch added 27 yards and Josh Curry chipped in with 16.
James Cole was 13 of 21 passing for 307 yards and the three scores.
Nine different players had at least one carry for Barnsdall. Smith was the leader with 90 yards on five tries and James Cole added 68 yards.
The Wildcats are idle until Friday, Nov. 3, when they host Afton.