SAPULPA — Sapulpa quarterback Eli Williams played like the second coming of Vince Young — the Heisman Trophy finalist and NFL QB from Texas — against Claremore.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal caller, who held and carried the ball just like Young, scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 36 yards, and threw enough to set up two more scores as the Chieftains defeated the Zebras 27-7 at Collins Stadium Friday night in Sapulpa.
Claremore (0-2) now plays at Tulsa Edison this Friday to wrap up the pre-district schedule. Game time is 7 p.m.
Sapulpa was having a little trouble moving the ball against the Zebras defense, but finally scored on a trick play on the second drive in the first quarter with a backwards swing pass from Williams to running back Ethan Esparza, who then threw to a wide-open Kenyon Kahmeyer for a 7-0 lead. Williams then scored on two runs to give the Chieftains a 21-0 halftime lead.
A quiet third quarter led to a 28-yard touchdown run by Esparza and a 27-0 Sapulpa lead in the fourth.
Late in the fourth, the never-give-up Zebras marched the field and finally got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown throw from quarterback Charlie Murdock to Larry Ree in the corner of the end zone. Connor Aaron’s kick made it 27-7.
On the bright side for the Zebras, they held Sapulpa to just 307 total yards, and had just one penalty for 10 yards.