Size classifications mean little when the smaller team has the assortment of weapons that Vian has.
The 2A state challengers erupted for 36 second-quarter points to throttle Class 4A Muldrow 57-0 Friday, in a renewal of a cross-county rivalry. The two had not played each other in varsity football since 1993.
The host Bulldogs, 1-1 coming in, trailed just 14-0 after one quarter.
“I thought we played well in the first quarter,” Muldrow head coach Rob Johnson said, “Everybody else has given up 28 in the first quarter.”
The Wolverines quickly accelerated into warp speed, though, scoring five touchdowns in the second quarter to take a domineering 50-0 lead into halftime.
Injuries didn’t help the Bulldogs any, as their depth advantage continued to disintegrate.
“We had a lot of injuries,” head Johnson said. “We had one guy get hurt on the first play and another get hurt on the next play. Of course that’s part of the game.
“Vian’s very talented; they got it going.”
And then some.
Already ahead 14-0 on runs by Rowdy Simon and quarterback Landon Decker, the Wolverines made it 22-0 when Decker ran in from 11 yards out with 8:45, followed by a two-point conversion.
With 6:07 to go, Eric Casey scored from 11 yards out. Tyler Cortez’s PAT made it 29-0.
Less than a minute later, Warren Zachary picked off a Muldrow pass and sped 65 yards for a touchdown. It was 36-0, but the rally was just gaining momentum.
The Wolverines had the ball again, momentarily, and made it 43-0 when Simon scored from three yards out 4:02 to go in the second.
Casey added the final blow of the quarter, reaching the end zone from three yards out with nine seconds to go in the half. Cortez’s kick made it 50-0.
Rylee Simon added a 26-yard TD run at the end of the third quarter.
“It took us a while to figure it out defensively and settle in there,” Vian head coach Brandon Tyler said. “Once we got settled in, we got a few breaks there, our defense came up with some turnovers and they gave us a short field a couple of times. We were able to take advantage of their miscues and get the ball in the end zone. We kind of pulled away in the second quarter.”
On the night the Wolverines totaled 331 yards – 254 on the ground, to Muldrow’s 89 total yards. The Wolverines churned out 22 first downs.
Decker went 5-for-6 through the air, for 77 yards. He ran for 24 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Casey had 45 yards and two TDs on 12 tries, while Rowdy Simon rushed for 41 yards and two TDs on nine carries.
“They’re very good and athletic,” Johnson said. “That makes a big difference. They’ve got a big offensive line and great defense. They’re definitely the best team we’ve seen all year.
“We’re just really banged up. Our tailbacks and receivers are real banged up. It’s hard to get any offensive production.”
Johnson was pleased that he didn’t see any “quit” in his team, despite the lopsided halftime score.
“I was proud of our guys,” Johnson said. “In the second half we were still hitting hard. We didn’t ever quit.”
Tyler, whose squad has outscored foes 174-12 in three games, was pleased with his team’s play.
“We played with a little bit of emotion,” he said. “It’s always good to go out and get a win, especially against a county rival like that, somebody we haven’t played in a long time. I know our kids were excited about it and our community was excited about it.
“I thought we played well in all three phases of the game, considering how wet and sloppy it was. I thought we threw the ball well when we needed to. Of course we ran the ball well and I thought our defense played outstanding again, too.”