It didn’t take Verdigris long to score points Friday night against its county and district rival.
The Cardinals were unapologetic about their quick-strike offense, sprinting to a 21-0 first-quarter lead on the way to a 38-10 road victory over Inola.
Verdigris quarterback Dylan White was up first, scoring on a 15-yard keeper on fourth down, and only minutes later, running back Alec James rumbled 57 yards for a touchdown of his own.
Not long after that, White showed off his throwing skills with an 85-yard touchdown toss to Reese Roller.
White finished with 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception on 12-of-26 passing, and he also rushed for 29 yards on four carries. His second touchdown toss – an 18-yard throw to Hayden Jones – capped the scoring in the fourth quarter.
White’s favorite target, Kaleson Marshall, notched six catches for 114 yards.
Meanwhile, James racked up 128 yards rushing and two scores on 13 carries, averaging 9.8 yards per touch. His second touchdown, a 13-yard burst, came in the third quarter.
The Longhorns scored 10 points unanswered in the second quarter, but that would be all they could muster the remainder of the game.
That is because the Roller-led defense was a smothering nightmare for Inola and its quarterback Landown Prows, who completed 21 of 42 passes for 219 yards and a 12-yard touchdown.
The Longhorns entered the contest averaging 31.8 points, but nine sacks – including six from Roller – and three turnovers stalled the offense almost entirely. Inola managed only 196 yards while being held to minus-23 yards rushing and converting only four of 16 third downs.
In addition to the sacks, Roller had nine tackles, one pass breakup and four hurries. Alex Hess led the team in tackles with 13, including two for a loss and two sacks.
Isiak Layton intercepted Prows once and recovered a fumble, and Drake Marveggio also pulled down a pick. Jimmy Weilert had a fumble recovery as well.
With those three turnovers, the Cardinals have 18 takeaways through five games.
Verdigris, now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in District 3A-4, travels to Central this Thursday night. The Braves (1-4, 1-2) are coming off a 54-0 win over Mannford.