Quick start sends Blair Oaks past Versailles

VERSAILLES, Mo. — How easy was Friday night’s win for the Blair Oaks football team?

Well, by the time the Falcons had run their first nine offensive plays, they had scored four touchdowns.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Falcons added a defensive score in that span to crush the hopes of the Versailles Tigers.

The Falcons scored 34 points in the game’s first 101⁄2 minutes and rolled to a 61-26 victory in a cold, rainy night in Versailles.

“Our kids came out and played real hard at the beginning and did what we needed to do,” Blair Oaks coach Brad Drehle said.

After stopping the Tigers on their first possession, the Falcons needed just one play to score, that being a 52-yard pass from Jordan Hair to Haydn Lock.

Then it was the defense’s turn to score, as Dominic Jamerson intercepted a Versailles pass on the next possession and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.

After three straight turnovers, the Falcons started the scoring anew, as a 37-yard touchdown pass from Hair to Mikel Drehle ran the score to 20-0.

One of the few highlights for the Tigers came on the ensuing kickoff, as Kyler Turpin returned it 75 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 20-6.

But the Falcons had two more scores coming in the quarter, as Drehle caught a 53-yard scoring strike from Hair and Lock later added a 13-yard touchdown catch. But the last wasn’t just any score, as it helped Lock tie the school record for touchdown catches in a season, matching the 14 by Justin Eiken in 2006.

The Falcons kept pouring it on in the second quarter, getting three scoring runs — 46 yards by Caleb Bischoff, 43 yards by Jamerson and 29 yards by Bischoff — to make it 54-6 at halftime.

The only downside was the Falcons only got to run 19 plays in the first half.

“We didn’t get a chance to work on things much in the first half,” Brad Drehle said. “Things happened pretty quick.”

Blair Oaks didn’t need many plays to utterly dominate the half. The Falcons outgained the Tigers 340-23, as a 24-yard completion late in the half was the only thing standing between Versailles and negative yardage in the first 24 minutes. As it was, the Tigers still ended up with minus-1 yard rushing on 28 carries in the half.

The Falcons’ final score came the first time they touched the ball after halftime, as Adam Schell returned the opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown that made it 61-6.

The Tigers got three second-half scores against Blair Oaks’ freshmen and sophomores. Turpin had touchdown runs of 25 and 23 yards, while Michael Allen had a 4-yard scoring run with :05.8 left in the game.

Blair Oaks ended up with a 379-191 edge in total yardage. The Falcons carried the ball 19 times for 180 yards, with Bischoff racking up 96 yards on just five carries. Blair Oaks completed 8-of-11 passes for 199 yards.

The Tigers had 48 carries for 153 yards, led by Turpin’s 107 on 12 carries. Versailles completed 3-of-9 passes for 38 yards.

Blair Oaks improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Tri-County Conference, while Versailles dropped to 0-8 and 0-6.

The Falcons will wrap up the regular season Friday when they host Eldon.

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Missouri high school football for Oct. 18, 2013

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