Glenpool slammed into a brick wall known as the Catoosa defense, then the Indians ran the Warriors to death in rolling to a 27-0 Class 4A quarterfinal victory Friday night at McNabb Field.
Coach Aaron Meier’s top-ranked team limited Glenpool to zero yards rushing on 27 carries and just 89 through the air.
Meanwhile, the home team got 229 rushing yards from Cole Scheulen, including three touchdowns, and 102 more from Levi Browning in earning a semifinal date with Clinton next week.
“Our defense was lights out tonight. I couldn’t ask for any more,’’ said Meier, whose Indians are 12-0 for the year. “We had a great game plan for what they (the Warriors) do and we played hard for four quarters, no doubt.
“It was a stellar night for our defense and our staff does a great job. We had to stop the (Alton) Adkins kid and I’m really proud of our kids. We’ve made the semifinals for the second year in a row and that says a lot about our program and our community.’’
Adkins, Glenpool’s top offensive threat, was held to 17 yards on 18 carries. The Warriors (7-5) never crossed midfield until the 4:23 mark of the fourth period.
Catoosa countered with Scheulen, who reached the 2,000-yard season rushing plateau, and Browning.
The duo led the Indians to 399 yards in total offense.
Both teams lost three fumbles, but it wasn’t enough to slow the home team’s onslaught.
Catoosa scored on its first two possession, the first a 73-yard, 11-play drive that saw Jacob Space catch a 20-yard touchdown throw from quarterback Austin Potter.
Catoosa required just three plays to scoot 88 yards the next time it touched the ball.
Browning broke for 43 yards to the Warriors’ 42 and a Glenpool personal foul reached the 27.
Scheulen slithered through the line to score on the next play and Corey Barnett’s conversion kick made it 14-0.
It remained that way until the fourth quarter. Glenpool quarterback Jake Ramos fumbled the ball away at his own 35 and Scheulen eventually scored from the five with 5:56 left. The Warriors fumbled the ensuing kickoff and two plays later, Scheulen rambled 27 yards to the end zone.