Sports Sunday Correspondent
For the first time in three years, Inola has three wins.
The Longhorns topped their two-win total from last year and matched their combined total of the two previous years with a 41-14 thumping of Wyandotte to conclude their non-distrct football schedule Friday night in Wyandotte.
And it’s only week three.
Sophomore Jacob Smith led the way with 113 yards on three carries and two touchdowns as Class 3A Inola remained undefeated after posting a record of 2-8 in 2007 and consecutive finishes of 1-9 in 2006 and 2005.
It’s all part of the plan, says fourth-year head coach James Cheatham.
“It’s a perfect scenario — we won all three non-district games,” he said. “That accomplished our first goal.”
Inola, which opened the season with victories against Chelsea and Verdigris, set the stage against Class 2A Wyandotte with two first-quarter touchdowns from its cast of standout running backs.
Aron McCoy capped an Inola drive with a 6-yard run and senior Eric Feemster jogged in from 4 yards to increase the Longhorns’ lead to 14-0.
McCoy’s 52 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns followed up Smith’s game-leading total. Feemster added 30 yards on seven carries with his lone score.
The running game has played a key role in racking up the best start of Cheatham’s tenure. Of the Longhorns’ 292 yards on Friday, 202 came by way of the run.
“They’re feeling good, and they should,” Cheatham said of his players. “They worked hard.”
He noted that fan support has been particularly strong.
“The atmosphere in the whole community, I think, is extremely positive,” he said. “Wyandotte is 1 1/2 hours away and we had just as many, if not more, fans than they did.”
McCoy broke open a 14-point second quarter for Inola with an 8-yard TD run.
Quarterback Alex Weaver added the second score — an 8-yard pass to brother Aaron Weaver that upped the lead to 28.
Smith’s two touchdowns followed. He had TD runs of 2 and 56 yards in the third quarter and the Inola defense held Wyandotte scoreless until the fourth.
Alex Weaver added to the defensive highlight reel with a 48-yard interception return, but he was stopped short of the goal line.
The Bears managed 175 yards of offense.
INOLA 41, WYANDOTTE 14
Inola 14 14 13 0 — 41
Wyandotte 0 0 0 14 — 14
Rushing — Smith 3-113-2 TD, McCoy 9-52-2 TD, Feemster 7-30-TD, White 1-7.
Passing — Alex Weaver 6-12-90-TD.
Receiving — Aaron Weaver 2-39-TD; White 2-20; McCoy 1-20; Gastelum 1-11.
Rushing — Harner 3-49-TD, Hofschulte 11-30-TD, Walton 1-13, Thompson 2-6
Passing – Martin 19-25-83, int.
Receiving – Hofschulte 2-24, Walton 1-10.