Claremore Sequoyah running backs Garrett Shepherd and Will Shea added a touch of “Mullett Madness” to McKaine Foster’s 18th birthday in the Eagles’ season opener Friday night at Cougars Stadium.
Shepherd and Shea combined for over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Claremore Sequoyah soared to a dominating 37-7 win over Keys.
“I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than being underneath the Friday Night lights with my teammates and opening the season with a win,” Foster said.
Foster, who hadn’t played quarterback since the ninth grade, took over the commands of the Eagles offense while 2012 starter Daniel Moniz continued to rehab his injured left knee.
“We were all anxious to see what McKaine could do at quarterback,” Sequoyah head coach Jody Iams said of his senior leader.
Foster didn’t disappoint in the season opener as he managed a near-perfect game, scored a pair of touchdowns and distributed the ball to Shepherd and Shea.
“Honestly, I was pretty nervous out there in the first quarter,” Foster said. “But God answered my prayers and gave me confidence and strength.”
Having Moniz on the sideline to talk too also helped ease the nerves, Foster added.
“Daniel and I are really, really close friends and he’s helped me so much this off-season with preparing for this first game,” Foster said. “I felt honored to step up in his place.”
Sequoyah took the 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on Shepherd’s 9-yard touchdown run that was set up by Shea’s 45-yard kickoff return.
The Eagles capitalized moments later via Shepherd’s pass interception to close out the opening quarter.
Chance Schultz booted a 25-yard field goal with 8:53 remaining in the first half to extend Sequoyah’s lead to 10-0.
Later in the second quarter, Foster scored his first of two touchdowns to put Sequoyah ahead 17-0 at halftime.
Operating out of the shotgun formation, Foster scatted to his right, eluded a couple of Keys defenders and cut back to his left for a 20-yard touchdown.
Sequoyah, which held Keys to 23 yards of total offense in the first quarter, also won the turnover battle with three fumble recoveries and an interception.
Foster’s 1-yard touchdown run following Michael Chambers fumble recovery increased Sequoyah’s lead to 24-0 in the third quarter.
Shea tallied a pair of touchdowns on runs of 4 and 20 yards to close out the third quarter with Sequoyah leading 37-0.
Keys got on the scoreboard with 1:40 remaining in the game via a 4-yard touchdown pass.
“It was good to see McKaine get back in his groove,” Iams said. “These kids battled hard tonight and I’m proud of them.”