The Edmond Sun
It wasn’t a running of “That 70s Show” but the Deer Creek Antlers totalled 70 points Friday night in entertaining the homecoming crowd to a 70-0 whitewash of El Reno at Deer Creek High School.
When El Reno began the game on offense, there wasn’t any homecoming welcome from the Antlers as a snappy interception and then a Caden Sander-to-Cole Verble 29-yard touchdown pass and Deer Creek was already up 7-nothing less than two minutes into the contest.
Sander followed up his TD strike with a 29-yard scamper of his own to go up 14-zilch. Sander led all rushers with 113 yards on just 10 attempts and added another 141 yards through the air. He also scored on keeper runs of 36 and five yards respectively in the third stanza.
On the 36-yarder, Sander faked a handoff right, hesitated to let the back go by, kept it, curled left and turned upfield for the score on a fourth-and-four situation. It was the initial drive of the second half and took the Antlers just five plays to go up 35-0.
All night long, the offensive front of Deer Creek (left tackle Ryan Donnohue, left guard Riley Eden, center Tanner Fialkowski, right guard Andrew Ousley and right tackle Clay Jarzombek) opened holes as the Antlers rushed for 300 yards and wound up with 441 total offensive yards.
The Antlers’ final TD of the first quarter came on Sander’s fluttering pass. But, no problem for wide receiver Noah McGraw, who reached out with one hand to snag the pigskin as he fell into the end zone from 23 yards out.
Deer Creek’s Alec James scored four touchdowns, a pair on offense and two more on defense. He powered in from two yards out in the second and ripped off a 39-yarder in the fourth.
Defensively, James yanked the football right out of the arms of an El Reno ball carrier and trucked it 39 yards up the right sideline to pay dirt. He scooped up a fumble and motored in from seven yards away for the final score of the game.
Teammate Brock Ruminer accounted for the remaining score on a 13-yard jaunt in the fourth for a 63-0 cushion.
Other standout Antler plays included Marcus Coleman’s block of a punt at the Indian 34 in the second period, a Daniel Smith sack in the first and a Morgan McFerron fumble recovery on the El Reno 13 with 6:29 left in regulation that set up Ruminer’s TD.
The Antlers will travel to the panhandle next Friday, taking on the Tigers in Guymon.