Strafford, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- The Strafford Indians welcomed in the Eagles from Fair Grove Friday night and lit up the scoreboard on Senior Night. The Indians would send the Eagles packing with a lopsided 62-7 loss.
“A lot that is due, with these teenagers, is that they seem to get down when the score gets the way it was tonight,” said Strafford Head Coach Tim Hester. “I felt like we executed very well tonight, throughout.”
Jacob Wade led the charge offensively, accumulating over 360 yards of offense and accounting for six touchdowns. He threw for 230 yards with 5 TD passes and ran for another 131, including a 76-yard TD scramble.
“Our offense got rolling and it got my confidence up,” said Wade. “Made a couple bad throws early, got down on myself, but we all came back strong, which was real nice.”
The Indians spread-attack, high-potent offense started off a bit sluggish with its first two drives staling out and handing the ball to Fair Grove after both drives ended with a turnover on downs. The atmosphere in the game at that point seemed to be brewing of an upset.
“They are a smash-mouth team,” said Hester. “I felt like we stopped that pretty well but we also started off a tad slower than we expected.”
The Indians would soon jump start themselves in the 2nd quarter after a scoreless 1st frame. Strafford would hang 35 points up in the 2nd quarter, all of which came from either the arm or the legs of Jacob Wade.
The Indians would score from 14 yards out on the first play in the 2nd quarter, then would recover the ensuing onside kick.
They would march down and punch it in again to make it 14-0. However, Fair Grove put together a drive of its own to make it 14-7, which gave them a bit of momentum until the very first play for the Indians’ next drive, which went to the house from 58 yards away.
Dalton Taylor had himself a huge night. He racked up 143 yards on the ground, as well as scoring twice, and hauled in two passes for another 25 yards, both of which also being a TD. Running mate Dallas Hester put up some big numbers as well. He hauled in 7 passes, for 174 yards with 3 TDs.
“We really just executed tonight,” said coach Hester. “Didn’t start off the way we wanted to but did a lot of things well and I’m proud of that.”
Fair Grove did manage to rack up 107 yards on the ground. 52 of that came from senior running back Luke Ivey. Austin Fodge would pound in the only Eagle TD on the night.
Fair Grove falls to 2-4. They will play host in their final three games of the season, starting with Marionville next Friday night.
Strafford improves to 6-0 and will be the visiting team for the remainder of the regular season. They travel to Skyline next Friday.
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