QUAPAW — Doing the bulk of the damage in the final 5:42, Wyandotte ground out a 19-2 high school football win over Quapaw here Friday, Sept. 7.
“We scored when we needed to and played really good defense all night,” Wyandotte head coach Zac Ross said.
The Bears (2-0) grabbed a 6-0 lead in the final minute of the opening quarter when Justin Campbell sprinted 9 yards for a touchdown.
The PAT kick by Mike Lawson was no good.
That’s all the scoring until 5:42 was left in the game as Zach Garrett gave the Bears another 9-yard TD run.
Quapaw (1-1) got its only points on a safety when Tanner Daniels tackled Garrett in the end zone with 2:17 remaining.
The final points of the game came when Cameron Robinson had a long pick-6 off a squibbed pass by Kale Thomasson.
Lawson was successful on the extra-point kick.
“Our kids did a really good job of fighting through it and getting into the end zone,” Ross said.
“Offensively we just didn’t put the ball into the end zone. We had every opportunity to do it,” Quapaw head coach Chris Cawyer said.
Cawyer said the Wildcats were in the Wyandotte 20-yard line six times, four of those inside the 10, and were turned back.
Quapaw held a 270-252 edge in total yardage and ran 27 more plays than the Bears — 70 as opposed to 43 for WHS.
Campbell finished with 81 yards on 10 carries while Garrett ran the ball 17 times and contributed 66 yards.
Campbell also completed 11 of 16 passes for 105 yards.
Helawa Williams caught five passes for 91 yards. Garrett had three receptions, Wade Brown two and Jade Versoza one.
“Our defense played really well again and the offense cut down on the turnovers,” Ross said. “It’s just taking time to get everything in rhythm. Our kids are playing hard.”
Thomasson was Quapaw’s leading rusher with 106 yards on 29 carries.
He was 10 of 29 passing for 112 yards. Thomasson threw three interceptions.
Ethan Bradley had eight solo and three assisted tackles for Wyandotte. Campbell finished with four solos and three assists while Robinson chipped five solos and one assisted stop.
Daniels was Quapaw’s defensive leader with three solos and four assists while Brendan McMackin had six solos.
Hunter Thomasson contributed two solos and four assists.
“Defensively, we played very, very well,” Cawyer said. “To hold them 6-0 going into the fourth quarter … .”
Wyandotte travels to Inola and Quapaw visits Chelsea Friday, Sept. 14.