CLAREMORE — The Claremore Christian Warriors shook off a slow start en route to their first win of the season, a 64-18 victory over the Wilson Tigers. The game was called with 4:52 left in the third quarter because of the size of the Warriors lead.
Claremore Christian head coach Ryan Mullins liked the way his guys shaped up after a rough first quarter.
“We were 0-4 coming into tonight. We scheduled up and played a few Class B teams this season,” he said. “Tonight, we just wanted to come out and be consistent. The first quarter was sloppy. At halftime, we talked to the guys about being sharp. We had a couple of starters out tonight, but our guys played great.”
Mason Mullins put the Warriors on the board with a 22 yard run with 7:39 left in the first quarter. After the Warrior defense forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs, Mullins struck again. This time, he punched it in for a five yard score. Claremore Christian led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Wilson quarter Malik Thompson started the second quarter with a Tiger touchdown, by finding John Berryhill for a 12 yard strike on the first play of the second quarter. The Warrior lead was 16-6 with 11:55 left until halftime.
Caleb Ekedal extended the Warrior lead to 24-6 with a 19 yard touchdown run with 9:31 left until intermission.
On the next series, the Warrior defense held strong. The Tigers faked a punt but were stopped behind the line, giving the ball back to the Warriors.
The Warriors fumbled the snap to start their next possession but Zeke Gastulum picked it up and ran it in for a 20-yard score. The Claremore Christian lead was extended to 30-12 with 8:01 left in the half.
The Tigers were not done yet. Thompson connected with Cobey Sellers for a 65 yard touchdown, making the score 30-12 with 7:50 remaining.
The Warriors did not waste much time adding to their lead, when Payton Abbot hit Ekedal for a 46 yard score with 7:06 showing on the clock. The Tigers answered back on their first play of the next possession, a 65 yard scoring pass from Thompson to Michael McKinney. The Warrior lead was 36-18 with 6:53 left until halftime. That would be the final points for the Tigers.
The Warriors would continue their scoring ways with a 23 yard touchdown by Gastulum, a 22 yard run by Ekedal, a 76 yard score by Mullins, and a 35 yard run by Kyle Blackburn to end the game.
The Warriors will travel to Cornerstone for a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday.