CNHI News Services
Kyle Fowler’s Salina Wildcat football squad improved to 1-1 on the year, shutting out Inola 28-0 in the Wildcats' home debut Friday.
The Wildcats piled up 411 rushing yards on the hapless Longhorns, led by quarterback Cale Backward and running back Bret Fite.
John Parsons drew first blood for the 'Cats (1-1) with a 39-yard scamper in the first quarter. Backward then scored with a four-yard scurry, and his two-point conversion run was successful to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead. Backward finished with a game-high 153 yards on 23 rushes.
The scoreboard stayed unchanged until the fourth quarter, when Backward broke loose for a 37-yard score. Kyle Johnson's extra point was good, giving Salina a 21-0 lead.
Fite, who finished with 115 yards on 20 totes, put the final nail in the Inola coffin with a one-yard dive to make the score 28-0.
Salina held Inola (1-1) to -19 yards rushing, though the Longhorns managed 94 yards on 14-of-32 passing. The Wildcats could have made the margin laughable had they not turned the ball over four times (three fumbles, one interception). Backward was 3-of-5 passing for 43 yards to go with the pick.
Next week for the Wildcats is a road contest with Chelsea. Inola extinguished the Dragons in Week 1, 36-0, but Fowler said his team can't focus on what other teams have done.
"We can't look at scores," Fowler said. "We've got to keep getting better in each facet of the game."
The Dragons and Wildcats are set for a 7:30 kickoff Friday night.