QUAPAW — Four second-half touchdowns enabled Colcord to claim a 39-25 win against Quapaw here Friday, Sept. 27.
The loss put a damper on Quapaw High School Native American Night, which was a salute to the district’s ties with the Quapaw Nation.
“The kids were confident they were going to win,” Quapaw head coach Chris Cawyer said. “We just need to learn how to put people away. Being up two touchdowns, we just didn't do it. They will learn. They will learn from it.”
A 1-yard run by Hunter Thomasson and the PAT kick by Koen Myrick gave the Wildcats a 25-13 advantage with 9:48 left in the third quarter.
But Colcord (4-0) started chipping away.
A 3-yard run by Blake Gonzales just a minute later cut the gap to six, then Stormy Odle exploded on 57-yard touchdown to tie the game at 25.
The Hornets came up with another two scores in the span of 2:11 to take charge.
Odle went 48 to break the tie at 4:39 then Jesse Martinez delivered the back breaker, a Pick-6 on a Kale Thomasson pass intended for Matt Lovell with 2:28 remaining.
“We had some missed tackles and some blown assignments on defense,” Cawyer said. “That’s totally my fault. I am defensive coordinator and I take total blame for is. We should have made adjustments for it. We couldn't stop the quarterback (Odle).”
Odle ran for 228 yards and four touchdowns on only 11 attempts.
Gonzales contributed another 106 yards on 31 carries with a TD.
As a result of the success on the ground, Colcord attempted only four passes all night.
Odle was 1 for 4 for no yards. One of the passes ended up in an interception.
Quapaw (2-2) had three touchdowns in the first half while opening up an 18-12 advantage: a 2-yard run by Hunter Thomasson and identical 10-yard scoring strikes from Kale Thomasson to Jacob Gregory.
Kale Thomasson completed 14 of 23 passes for 129 yards and two TDs despite a dislocated ring finger on his non-throwing hand.
The Wildcats had 112 yards rushing. Hunter Thomasson led the way with 56 yards and Preston Thomasson added 26.
“It was a great night for the community, it was a great night for the fans that came to the game and a great night for the Quapaw Nation,” Cawyer said. “I thought everything went really well. I hear it was a really nice halftime performance.”
The Wildcats travel to Afton Friday, Oct. 4.