SEQUOYAH - Both teams entered the game riding seven-game winning streaks and figured to have a decent chance of capturing the District 2A-8 championship.
Both wanted to utilize a multi-faceted offense in accomplishing their goal. Only one team did.
Adair ran for 234 yards, passed for 244 more and limited Sequoyah to 180 yards in rolling to a title-clinching 42-7 victory Friday night at the Pope Athletic Complex.
The Warriors completed a 7-0 run through the conference and will take a 9-1 record into next week’s Class 2A playoffs. Sequoyah finished the regular season 7-2 overall and 5-1 in district.
Adair relied on a spry offensive backfield that featured B.J. Mizulo bolting for 152 yards, Garrett Long for 84 on the ground and 143 receiving and junior quarterback Nate Ratcliff tossing for four touchdowns.
The Eagles relied on QB Blake Bedsworth and his 73 yards on 21 carries, but it was not nearly enough.
Down 36-0 in the fourth period, Sequoyah finally got a spark. A fumble recovery at the Adair 30 led to a 16-yard scoring toss from sophomore backup quarterback Brett Burks to Josh Harwell with 5:27 remaining. The Eagles never came close to scoring again.
Adair took a 6-0 lead midway through the opening period with a 48-yard, 8-play drive. Mizulo covered the final 5 yards up the heart of the Eagles’ line before Ratcliff’s conversion pass failed.
Ratcliff, who finished 9-of-14 through the air, found Long from 35 yards out early in the second quarter, then Ratcliff’s 2-point conversion pass to Long made it 14-0.
The Warriors moved 79 yards in nine snaps to lead 22-0 at intermission. Ratcliff scooted the final 3 yards, then tossed to Mizulo for two points.
The Eagles’ best chance to score in the half came on a drive featuring Bedsworth’s running. But on fourth-and-7 from the Adair 21, Bedsworth’s pass for Tyler Kruis was broken up by Mizulo.
Ratcliff and his Warriors made little doubt about the outcome on their first snap of the second half.
Long floated free over the middle and hauled in a wide-open pass to complete an 83-yard scoring play. Long scored his third touchdown on a 4-yard burst, giving Adair a 36-0 lead with six seconds left in the third period.