DEWEY — Claremore Sequoyah has a simple, direct, straight-ahead game plan: Hit early, hit often, assert authority.
The Eagles have followed that formula so thoroughly and so successfully this season that they have won every game they have played, and have had virtually no opposition whatsoever.
It has become an overworked phrase, almost trite, to suggest that Sequoyah has struck so quickly that the other team doesn’t know what hit it.
It is trite. But it is true.
On Thursday night, Sequoyah gave that tried and true and tired and trite line a tweak and a twist.
The Eagles scored so quickly they didn’t even know what happened.
Sequoyah, the No. 1 ranked high school football team in all of Class 3A, destroyed, deflated and demoralized Dewey in the first four minutes by running a total of four offensive plays and scoring 21 points.
The game was over. Dewey was done. Sequoyah was on its way to a 54-19 blitz.
Even the most fanatical of Sequoyah followers would have to admit to being a little surprised, a little startled, by the swift and sudden assertion of authority.
The Eagles scored in the first 124 seconds. Nine seconds after that, they scored again.
Less than two minutes later, they scored yet again.
It was 28-0 before the first quarter had reached the 3-minute mark.
The Eagles had yet to break a sweat.
It was 41-0 at halftime.
“We’ve got to come out and make the first impression,” senior flyer Ty Jordan said.
“We want them to know we mean business. That’s what we do every time.”
It marked the third straight game that the Eagles have posted 40-plus points in the first two periods.
By the time the humiliation had ended, the Eagles had recorded their highest point total of the season. And their highest of the last two seasons.
It was a total wipeout for Sequoyah. Not unlike most of its first seven wins.
For all eight games this season, Sequoyah’s average score at halftime is 35-0.
Dewey lost three yards on the first play of the game, courtesy of a J.R. Row sack. Two incomplete passes later, and the Bulldoggers punted.
On the Eagles’ third snap, Jordan broke away for a 69-yard touchdown. It was 9:56.
“By about 50 yards, I started breathing hard,” Jordan said with a grin.
When Dewey attempted its next play, from its own 20, the snap from center went over the quarterback’s head and rolled into the end zone. James Hunsucker covered it for an Eagle touchdown. Nine seconds had ticked off the clock.
Dewey was held on three plays and punted. First play, Corey Park ran clean through the Bulldogger line and secondary and never slowed, never looked back, running 74 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead at 8:03.
A Jesse Myers sack hastened Dewey’s demise on its next three-and-out possession.
Jordan took a Levi Richardson for 43 yards on the first snap and reached the 13 of Dewey. With a fourth-and-three from the five, Jordan walked into the end zone at 3:22 for a 28-0 lead.
Or, as he said, “tiptoed” into the end zone.
“The linemen did a really good job,” he said. “There was a big open hole. You could drive a semi through. I just stepped right in. Tiptoed.”
That was the first of two fourth downs the Eagles turned into touchdowns.
For the first quarter, Dewey had a total of three yards of offense, all on the ground.
On the first play of the second period, Dakota James picked off a Dewey pass at the Sequoyah 34. A couple of running plays gained yardage and a penalty took some away before Richardson, on fourth and six, found an opening and dashed 62 yards for a touchdown at 9:02.
Five minutes later, Richardson connected with James for a 27-yard scoring strike. Freshman Taylor Inman missed his first extra point in several games, and left the lopsided score at 41-0.
Dewey actually gained a few yards, thanks to a 16-yard pass completion, to entertain its assembled fans over the next four minutes, but Will Radley finally put an end to all of that and preserved the Eagles’ eighth straight halftime shutout with an interception at the 14-yard line with four seconds left.
In the second quarter, Dewey managed five rushing yards and the lone 16-yard pass. Just on three touchdown runs alone in the half, Sequoyah amassed 205 yards.
That signaled the end of the work day for the Sequoyah first-teamers.
They had run a total of 13 plays, one being a knee by Richardson on the last play of the half. They had gained 255 yards on the ground, 72 on three pass plays.
Coach Jody Iams turned things over to his reserves after intermission.
The Bulldoggers were able to score three times in the second half, once following a fumble recovery and long run, for the most points against Sequoyah since the opening game of the season, a 42-27 win over Verdigris.
Sequoyah fumbled on its opening possession of the second half. Trey Osborne scooped up the ball and ran 62 yards before Mookie Foster impressively caught up with him and downed him at the two-yard line.
The Bulldoggers scored, but they gave the points right back on the kickoff.
A.J. Rhine fled 85 yards with the kickoff, eluding tacklers and would-be tacklers with little effort, to boost the Eagles’ cushion to 48-7.
Dewey climaxed a 57-yard drive with a touchdown pass from Osborne to Josh Cole near the end of the quarter.
Rhine drove the Eagles to the final score to open the fourth quarter.
He carried three times, gaining 31, 15 and 40 yards, around a lost-yardage slip by Cody Richardson, to reach the two-yard line.
Richardson, the freshman quarterback brother of Levi Richardson, went the final distance. He was hit at the line, but rolled and pushed himself into the end zone on his back.
The two-touchdown performance was the best by the Sequoyah reserves this season.
The Eagles ran their district record to 5-0 with their eighth-straight win, keeping focus on a title showdown with unbeaten and No. 8-ranked Vinita in two weeks.
Dewey is 1-4 and 2-6.
SEQUOYAH 54, DEWEY 19
Sequoyah 28 13 7 6 — 54
Dewey 0 0 13 6 — 19
Sequoyah — Jordan 69 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — Hunsucker recover fumble in end zone (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — Park 74 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — Jordan 5 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — L.Richardson 62 run (Inman kick)
Sequoyah — James 27 pass from Richardson (Inman kick failed)
Dewey — Fielder 2 run (Anton kick)
Sequoyah — A.J.Rhine 85 kickoff return (A.J.Rhine kick)
Dewey — Cole 7 pass from Osborne (kick blocked)
Sequoyah — C.Richardson (S.Foster kick failed)
Dewey — Eastham 6 run (kick failed)