AFTON — For just the second time in 12 meetings, Barnsdall defeated Afton.
The Panthers coasted to a 47-18 victory here Friday, Aug. 31.
The loss for Afton was the first since a 43-15 setback against Hominy in the 2016 Class A semifinals.
It also was the Eagles’ first in five games with Barndall.
The setback spoiled the debut of Fred Peery as the Eagles’ head coach.
“We had a chance to score toward the end of the second quarter, throw into end zone and holding penalty,” Peery said. “If it hadn’t been for the hold penalty, we probably would have been down 14-7 at the half. But they get the ball with less than a minute left, we’re playing prevent so we don’t get beat deep and they score on third down to go up 20-0 at the half.”
Barnsdall was coming off a 50-14 win over Caney Valley while this was the season opener for the Eagles — who had only one preseason scrimmage.
“I am not upset. If we just keep working hard and believe in ourselves, we will be fine,” Peery said.
Afton had 240 yards rushing on 40 attempts.
Brett Fuser carried 18 times and gained 130 yards while Cole Mikesell added 101 on 11 attempts.
The Eagles picked up 101 yards passing, completing 10 of 25 passes.
Barnsdall generated 412 total yards, including 317 passing.
“We are really young and we are really green,” Peery said. “I think our kids effort was pretty good for the most part, but there were some things we need to work on. Barnsdall did a good job, too. They have some pretty good players.
“We shut down their run for the most part. They had one run where they cut back on us.”
Afton hosts 3A Tulsa Webster Friday, Sept 7.
The Warriors suffered an 18-12 loss to Tulsa Hale in their opener.