QUAPAW — What a difference a week makes.
Quapaw, which surrendered 77 points in a loss to Rejoice Christian a week ago, crushed outmanned Ketchum 56-0 here Friday, Oct. 25.
“We were really focused,” Quapaw head coach Chris Cawyer said. “The kids did what we were trying to teach them during the week. It carried over to the game. We didn’t have that two weeks ago. We didn't have that last week.”
The Cats lost 52-7 to Oklahoma Union on Oct. 11 then were crushed 77-14 by Rejoice last week.
A tough Wildcat defense limited Ketchum to only 22 yards in total offense on 35 plays.
The Warriors finished with minus-6 yards rushing.
Colton Johnson picked up 16 yards to lead Ketchum. Carson Workman finished with minus-16 yards on six carries and Kolton McAnally wound up with 10 yards in losses on five attempts.
“I feel for Coach Thomas (head coach Choo Thomas) and his staff,” Cawyer said. “When you have 13 players, one kid gets hurt and you have to put a lineman back in the backfield. That makes it tough for everyone.
“I’ve been there. It’s a horrible situation.”
Quapaw’s first four touchdowns came in the span of 7:40 in the opening quarter.
Corben Cunliff sprinted 57 yards at 8:47, Seth Johnson and Jacob Gregory teamed on a 35-yard pass at 5:35, Cunliff came back just over two minutes later with an 84-yard romp and Johnson hit Gregory with a 41-yard strike with 67 seconds left in the first.
Quapaw made it 42-0 at the half on a 30-yard run by Taylor Roher and a 14-yard carry by Myrick.
The Wildcats tacked on a 25-yard run by Preston Thomasson in the third quarter and a 2-yard burst by Dante Gaines with 3:17 left in the game.
The Cats had 529 yards in total offense including 440 via the run.
Cunliff ran the ball just twice but gained 141 yards and Preston Thomasson added 122 on five carries.
Roher and Gaines contributed 74 and 72, respectively.
Johnson completed all three of his pass attempts for 89 yards, with two going for touchdowns.
Gregory had two receptions and Matt Lovell had the other catch for 13 yards.
“Our young ones came in and did what they were supposed to do,” Cawyer said. “We made adjustments on our defense for the formation they were running and even the second group did well.”
Quapaw’s final two games are at home against Fairland on Nov. 1 and at Commerce on Nov. 8.