FAIRLAND - An 18-yard run and the ensuing conversion by Tyler Beets with about five minutes remaining helped Quapaw eke out a 15-14 victory over Fairland here Friday night.
The Owls (0-2) had gone up 14-7 in the third quarter on a 9-yard run by Caleb Reynolds. The PAT kick failed.
"Our offensive line played well for us late in the game," Quapaw head coach Brad Homer said. "We challenged them at halftime that if they came out and took control up front, we'd have a really good chance."
Beet played well down the stretch after the Cats lost running back Tyler Bacon with cramps.
"He ran the ball well and threw the ball pretty well. He also made a couple of plays defensively when we needed him."
Beets' TD that turned out to be the game winner came on an outside read play.
Beets scored on an outside read play.
"We ran it most of the night," Homer said. "We ran the inside and outside read. I had told them to be patient."
Fairland took the ensuing kickoff and drove deep in Wildcat territory.
Defensive back Jordan Mate turned in a big tackle on a third-and-short play by the Owls.
"We stunted him off the edge and he hit the back when they pitched it, makes it fourth-and-8. That stopped them."
The Owls wound up running out the clock thanks to a couple of key first downs.
"We turned the ball over on their 5 and once at their 1," Fairland head coach Jerry Johnson said. "That just kills you."
Each team scored in the first quarter.
The Wildcats struck first, getting a 35-yard pass from Beets to Bobby Washington. Beets added the extra point kick.
Fairland countered with a 28-yard run by Kolton Selsor. Gunnar Anderson reeled in a pass from K.C. Jones for the conversion.
"Fairland played really hard ... both of us did," Homer said. We both had some turnovers when we had opportunities. We just ended up not turning it over late. Jerry's kids played hard. I have a lot of respect for him. His kids play hard and do things right."
Beets completed 5 of 12 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 16 times, netting 68 yards.
Brian Baker added 71 yards on 14 tries.
Selsor was the Owls' leading rusher with 84 yards and one TD with 17 carries. Jones added 78 yards on nine attempts.
"We showed a lot of improvement over last week," Johnson said. "Our kids played really hard."
Quapaw hosts Afton while Fairland travels to Oswego, Kan., on Friday.