BEGGS — It was a tough-to-win situation for Wyandotte.
Facing a team playing on lots of emotion after the slaying of one of their key players, the Bears dropped a 56-13 decision to second-ranked Beggs in a first-round Class 2A playoff game here Friday, Nov. 9.
The Demons jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
“They are a good team,” Wyandotte head coach Zac Ross said. “That is the most well-rounded team I have seen in a long time.”
Beggs scored three times in the span of six minutes in the first quarter then added another four TDs in the second, creating a 50-0 lead.
“Our kids were kinda shell shocked in the beginning, but once that wore off, our kids played hard,” Ross said. “I was happy with the way we finished.”
Wyandotte held a 13-6 edge over the final two quarters on 1-yard runs by Zach Garrett and Ethan Bradley in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
“They played hard after halftime and that’s what I was happy about,” Ross said. “I challenged them at halftime: ‘who cares what the score is, but you can always play hard.’ They did a good job of that.”
All eight of the Demons’ touchdowns covered 20 yards or more.
Jared Sutter went 65 and 35 yards and J.J. Roe had runs of 68 and 37 yards T.J. Austin had a pair of 20-yard TD runs.
Dalton Spring teamed with Shaidan Jordan for a 58-yard scoring pass and Gabe Weidel had the final Beggs score on a 24-yarder.
The Demons (10-1) generated 586 yards in total offense, 466 of that on the ground.
Sutter and Roe ran for 152 and 132 yards, respectively, while Markail Johnson chipped in with 92 yards.
The Demons attempted only 13 passes with Spring completing 6 of his 10 tries.
Quarterback Justin Campbell threw for 114 yards, hitting 9 of 17. Ethan McLaughlin was 1 of 3 for a yard.
Campbell also was the Bears rushing leader with 96 yards on 24 carries.
“I don’t think people realized how young we are,” Ross said. “We have sophomores and juniors on the field sprinkled in with some seniors.
“Our seniors did a good job this year. This was the first time they have had to take the lead since they’ve had two really good senior classes in front of them.”
Cole Dixon, Campbell, Zach Garrett and Helawa Williams started on offense and Dixon, Campbell, Garrett, Williams and Cameron Robinson were defensive starters for the Bears, who finish 6-5.
“The majority of our team will be in the off-season program,” Ross said.