WYANDOTTE — This was the perfect capper for Wyandotte's homecoming.
Ethan Bradley’s 12-yard touchdown run with 2:32 remaining sealed a 32-20 victory for the Bears here Friday, Sept. 21.
Chouteau made things interesting when quarterback Kaleb Applegate broke loose on a 48-yard run 49 seconds into the final stanza.
The Bears turned in a fourth-down stop at their own 15-yard line, then went on a six-play drive that was capped by Bradley’s TD run.
“Our kids did a good job of holding their composure and finishing the game out,” Wyandotte head coach Zac Ross said.
Wyandotte broke out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 16-yard pass from Justin Campbell to Wade Brown, then just under three minutes later, the Wildcats answered with a 3-yard run by Applegate and his PAT kick.
The Bears took charge by scoring two more times in the quarter when Campbell hooked up with Brown on a 15-yard strike at 2:50 and Zach Garrett added a 5-yard run on the final play of the opening stanza.
Mike Lawson’s extra point kick pushed the lead to 19-7.
Each team got a touchdown in the second quarter: Bradley on a 27-yard pass from Campbell and Chouteau on a 2-yard Applegate run.
Applegate tacked on a 2-yard run and the PAT kick to narrow Wyandotte’s lead to 12 at the 1:03 mark of the third.
He cut that in half with his 48-yard romp, but the Bears held on down the stretch.
“I thought we came out pretty strong. We did everything we were wanting to do offensively,” Ross said. “We didn’t come out as focused in the second half.”
The Bears had no turnovers in the game while Chouteau coughed it up three times, once on a fumble and twice via interceptions.
Campbell and Garrett combined for 222 of the Bears’ 262 rushing yards.
Campbell netted 115 yards on 20 carries while Garrett added 107 on 25 attempts.
Applegate countered with 169 yards and three TDs on 16 carries for the Wildcats. He also was 6 of 17 passing for 94 yards.
Campbell completed 13 of his 23 tries for 122 yards and the three scores.
Helawa Williams was on the receiving end of six passes for 49 yards.
Brown had four catches, Garrett two and Bradley one.
The Bears (3-1) host Adair Friday, Sept. 28.
The Warriors (3-1) held off Tulsa Metro Christian.