What a second quarter it was for Claremore Christian.
The Warriors used an unprecedented 42-point outburst to turn an 8-6 first-quarter lead into a 50-14 halftime advantage on the way to a 64-28 victory over Cornerstone on Saturday in Joplin, Mo.
CCS quarterback Bryan Vickers led the offensive explosion, finishing with 265 yards total and five touchdowns. He completed 8 of 18 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns with an interception while also rushing for 127 yards and two scores on only seven carries – 18.1 yards per touch.
All three of his touchdown tosses went to Griffin Parrott, who tallied six receptions for 95 yards.
Eli Klepczyk carried the ball only two times, but he managed 50 yards and a touchdown to go along with a 35-yard reception. Deaken Abbott went for 60 yards on six rushes, and Ethan Pilant added 40 yards and a score on nine carries.
Klepczyk began the 42-8 second-quarter run with a 50-yard touchdown dash, and Vickers followed that up with a 55-yard scoring run. The quarterback then threw touchdown passes of 25 and 40 yards to Parrott and scored on an 8-yard keeper before connecting with Parrott once more for a 39-yard touchdown.
Vickers continued his dominance in the second half, rumbling 37 yards for a score and tossing a 15-yard touchdown to Parrott, and Abbott finished things off with a 6-yard run.
“Lots of big plays,” CCS coach Ryan Mullins said. “I’m not sure we had too many drives over eight plays. Most were two to four-play drives.”
The Warriors (2-0) travel to Porum this week for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday. The Panthers defeated South Coffeyville 24-6 last week to start the season 1-0.
CHELSEA 63, NOWATA 14: Will Hampton and Cash Ramsey are proving to be an unstoppable duo.
The seniors accounted for 484 of the Green Dragons’ 536 total yards, as well as eight of the team’s nine touchdowns.
Ramsey, the running back, rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries, scoring on runs of 2, 53, 5 and 4 yards. He also caught one pass for 6 yards.
Hampton, the quarterback, got it done on the ground and through the air, carrying the ball 12 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 63 yards and two scores on 4-of-9 passing.
He scored on runs of 62 and 10 yards and threw touchdown passes of 25 and 29 yards to Riley Riddle and Kyran Nelson, respectively.
In all, Chelsea (2-0) managed about 9.4 yards per play – including 10.8 yards per rush – while holding the Ironmen (0-2) to only 141 yards on 50 plays and forcing three turnovers. Nick Hagebusch, son of coach Matt Hagebusch, added to that defensive dominance with a safety in the third quarter.
Nowata, a team that defeated the Green Dragons 44-23 last year on the way to a Class 2A playoff berth, took a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter on a Kenyon Gray 4-yard run, but Ramsey and Hampton answered with four-consecutive touchdowns to make it a 41-14 halftime score.
Chelsea added 22 more points to its tally in the second half, capped by a 12-yard run from Adam Henley.
The Green Dragons, having outscored their opponents 104-32 through two games, host Commerce – a 2019 Class A playoff qualifier – at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tigers lost to Galena (Kan.) 40-22 last week.