CADDO - For most of the first quarter on Thursday, the Bruins had Wynnewood on their heels.
But the visiting Savages are known for putting points on the scoreboard, and they went to work the rest of the way in a 51-7 rout of the Bruins.
Still, it was a much different outcome than the tasteless score run-up committed by Wynnewood a year ago. Caddo Coach Jeremy Proctor took note of the difference in the way his Bruins handled the game.
“I’m proud of the way my guys played. We were missing some key guys tonight and had some guys step up,” said Proctor. “You expect a great game against a great team like that. I feel like they came out kind of flat and we shocked them early. We could have made some plays throughout the game that would have helped us to another two or three scores.”
He gave credit to A.J. Burkett for filling in a new spot, Virgle Mincher for sacking the Savage quarterback, William Voyles, Allen Baker, and Logan Toler.
But it was the fleet-footed Tanner Grace whose first quarter interception paved the way for the Bruins to strike first. He returned the pick to the one yard line, then Wyatt Wright slipped in for a keeper and the 7-0 Caddo advantage (thanks to a true kick for Joao Lima).
The Savages would get in gear and score on a couple of big-play drives to take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first. It was Pete Knowles carrying the load for Wynnewood as he scored three times in the game.
Wynnewood put up 19 points in the second quarter for a 33-7 halftime lead. Eighteen more points came in the second half, including Shelby Kyle’s run up the middle with 1:50 remaining in the fourth.
Burkett and Austin Hawthorn each ahd half a dozen tackles for the Caddo defense. Corey Savoy had a nice 20-yard gain in that first quarter outburst.
The Savages improve to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in district play. They will likely qualify for the playoffs but Wynnewood has not won a state championship since 1992 and never in Class A.
The Bruins are 3-4 on the season with a 1-3 district mark. Caddo travels to Maysville (1-6, 0-3) this Friday.