Will Wood tallied 234 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Foyil Panthers past Yale, 34-6, Friday night in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
The win advanced Foyil to the second round where they will face Savanna, who beat Rush Springs, 34-13.
“I felt it was one of our best defensive performances of the season, and our offense clicked like normal,” Foyil head coach Jesse Leigh said.
“It was a methodical beating that never got truly out of hand.”
Kody Sanders got the Panthers rolling early with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put Foyil ahead 6-0.
One possession later, Yale evened the score at 6-6 with Jacob Frick plowing through for a 1-yard touchdown run.
“I thought Yale did a good job of consistently giving us fits up front while playing hard despite the score,” Leigh said. “This Foyil team has big goals that they plan on seeing through. There wasn’t really much celebration after the win, just kids saying four more to go, and step one is complete.”
Foyil regained the 14-6 lead to close out the first quarter, as Wood scooted in for the 1-yard touchdown run. Sanders caught the two-point conversion pass from Jaret Carlile.
“Despite giving up the early score to Yale, we locked down in the end and only gave up 101 total yards of offense,” Leigh said. “They (Yale) averaged less than one yard per carry for the night.”
Sanders continued his offensive showing in the second quarter, catching a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Paxton Smith to put Foyil ahead 20-6 at halftime.
On the night, Sanders finished with 19 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown, as well as two receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Smith, meanwhile, completed 5-of-10 passes for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for another 24 yards.
The Panthers never skipped a beat in the second half, outscoring Yale, 14-0.
Smith increased the Panthers’ third quarter lead to 28-6 with a 1-yard touchdown run. Wood capped off the scoring drive with a two-point conversion run.
The Panthers’ defense was led by Ryland Patterson with seven tackles and a sack.
Jordan Evans also contributed with six tackles and a sack. Evans also had three tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
Dakota Ritchie capped off the Panthers’ defensive effort with four tackles.
In the fourth quarter, Smith connected with Wood for a 59-yard touchdown pass to help the Panthers secure a 34-6 win.
According to Leigh, “We averaged six yards a rush and finished the night with 480 yards of total offense.”
Also, Cole and Wyatt Noland continued to make big plays for us, Leigh added, even though they are a sophomore and a freshman.
“The Noland brothers accounted for 62 yards on six touches,” Leigh said.
Note: The Panthers (8-3) will host Savanna (8-3) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Also, Hominy (6-5) will face Dibble (7-4) in the second round.