It was speed versus power. Finesse against brute force.
In the end, Claremore Christian had way too much of the latter, muscling its way to a 50-12 victory over Foyil in season-opening eight-man football Friday night at Warrior Field.
After the Panthers jumped ahead 12-0 on long-distance runs from the quick Stone Platt, Claremore Christian put together scoring drives of 48, 57, 43, 43 and 60 yards and defensively dominated the second half.
While the Warriors racked up 396 yards of offense, they limited Foyil to 172, including just two first downs and 39 yards in the second half.
Platt was the lone bright spot for the Panthers, dashing and darting for 183 ground yards on 22 carries and touchdown runs of 45 and 63 yards.
Christian overshadowed Platt’s effort with a three-pronged rushing attack, featuring the brutish thrusts of Caleb Ekedal, Bryan Vickers and Elijah Klepczyk.
Vickers, the quarterback, galloped for 109 yards, passed for 138 more and scored three touchdowns.
Ekedal added 88 yards rushing, two touchdowns and three two-point conversions. Klepczyk gathered 80 ground yards and a td.
Down 12-0, Claremore Christian sprang to life when Vickers plunged over from a yard out, and Ekedal’s two-points made it 12-8 with 5:41 left in the first period. Ekedal’s 11-yard blast put the Warriors ahead for good at 14-12 with 28 seconds to go in the first.
Next, it was Vickers turn again on a 3-yard score with 3:11 remaining in the half. Ekedal ran for two again making it a 22-12 halftime lead.
Christian scored on its first three possessions of the second half in building a 44-12 bulge.
Klepczyk covered 15 yards for the first touchdown, then Vickers tossed 30 yards to wide receiver Griffin Parrott, who snagged four passes for 95 yards and made an electrifying one-hand catch for the score.
Ekedal’s run gave the Warriors a 36-12 cushion.
A 27-yard run by Klepczyk setup Vickers’ 28-yard touchdown strike to Ekedal with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
Vickers toted 28 for the final Claremore Christian touchdown with 10:42 remaining.
Foyil’s best chance to score in the second half came when Platt broke for a 38-yard run to the Warriors’ 7-yard line.
Platt carried three-consecutive times for minus-5 yards, and Vickers’ fourth down run lost eight more late in the third period.
Claremore Christian takes on Bluejacket in its first road contest this Friday. Bluejacket defeated the Warriors in a shootout last season, 58-54.
Meanwhile, Foyil hosts Canadian, which beat the Panthers in the 2018 season opener, 28-6.