QUAPAW — A 30-point first quarter sealed the fate for both Afton and Quapaw here Friday, Nov. 3.
The Eagles use it to cap off a 68-8 victory that gave them their second straight unbeaten regular season.
It also doomed the Wildcats to a second straight winless season.
“We have truly been blessed these last two seasons,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “We are happy about it, but we have to go perform each week.”
The Eagles move into the post season with a 9-0 record. They host Savanna Friday, Nov. 11, in a first-round Class A playoff game.
Afton scored on seven of its first eight possessions, fumbling on the first series.
“It was a fluke play,” Gardner said. “We broke a long run, there was an open-field tackle and the ball came out. That is not typical of (Briar) Julian. He made up for it later in the game, but it was just a fluke deal.”
A pick-6 by Blake Hollon keyed the first-quarter explosion that included an 18-yard run by Wil Amos and runs of 57 and 27 yards by Julian.
Then in the second, the Eagles got an 87-yard punt return by Amos that helped balloon the score to 38-0.
“We tried to punt the ball out of bounds and didn’t get it done,” Quapaw head coach Chris Cawyer said. ‘That didn’t help. We’ve got to get the ball out of bounds.”
A 10-yard TD run by the Wildcats’ Jonas Gregory was sandwiched around scoring runs of 31 by Kyle Corley and a 51-yard jaunt by Amos that staked Afton to a 52-8 halftime advantage.
The Eagles’ final points came on a 33-yard run by Corley and a 17-yard reception by Cole Mikesell on a pass from Brett Fuser.
“Our younger kids scored in the third quarter,” Gardner said. “It was nice to see our kids execute with that group.”
Afton generated 362 yards in total offense, including 303 on the ground.
Julian had a game-high 108 yards on three attempts — two of which went for touchdowns.
Amos added 94 yards and two scored and Corley netted 81 yards while scoring twice.
Amos was 3-for-3 passing for 33 yards. Fuser attempted only two passes, including the one to Mikesell.
Corley, Hollon, Mikesell and Zach Henry each had one reception.
Gregory was Quapaw’s leading rusher with 67 yards on nine carries. He also had all three of the Cats’ receptions for 29 yards.
Austin Crouch chipped in with 62 yards on 14 rushing attempts.
“We had a little bit of success,” Cawyer said. “I was proud of the kids. They didn’t give up. They played like they were supposed to play.
“I think that will help us going into next season. They are good. Zach does a great job with them and the assistant coaches do a good job with them. There is talent all over the place. Offensively, they are really, really, really good.”
Corley headed up Afton’s defense with seven tackles. Seth Miller, Jacob Barton and Zach Henry each had five tackles.
Tanner Daniels had team-high five tackles for Quapaw.