OWASSO – The Rejoice Eagles earned a 64-14 win against the Colcord Hornets Friday night at home, improving their season record to 10-0. The Eagles started the first quarter with strong offense, which they were able to carry throughout the entire game.
Senior running back Andrew Crow began the onslaught at the top of the quarter, earning his first touchdown of the night and obtaining his team a 7-0 lead. The Eagles defense was also in top shape, holding back the Hornets for most of the quarter. The Hornets were stalled at the 34 yard line, resulting in the Eagles gaining possession with their lead still intact.
A completed pass to wide receiver Reece Hamar would move the Eagles towards the end zone, positioning Crow to fly across the field for another touchdown.
Crow’s second touchdown improved the Eagles’ lead to 14-0.
The Eagles remained strong in the second quarter, pushing through the end zone and scoring their third touchdown of the night.
The Hornets rebounded on the next drive but were unable to score, and their defense answered with the same tenacity, preventing the Eagles from scoring again at the bottom of the second quarter.
After half time, the Eagles remained ahead 21-0 and by the end of the third quarter, the team would double its lead. The Hornets still appeared shaky after the half, providing the Eagles with more opportunities to score. Hamar opened the quarter with a massive 70-plus yard rushing touchdown, increasing the Eagles score to 28-0.
It wouldn’t be long before the Eagles would make another explosive play. Crow obtained the ball and made a 75 yard dash for his third touchdown of the night. Crow scored yet another touchdown after a clumsy drive from the Hornets, giving the Eagles a 42-0 lead.
The Eagles tacked on another 14 points, cementing a 56-0 lead going into the fourth.
Despite being shutout for the first three quarters, Colcord finally broke through with their first touchdown of the night. Thirty seconds into the fourth, the Hornets drove down the center of the field for a touchdown, making the score 56-6. A successful two-point conversion would make it 56-8.
It wasn’t long before the Eagles answered with a touchdown of their own from Sophomore Hunter Jennings, increasing the lead once more to 64-8.
The Hornets drove in a second touchdown toward the end of the game, leaving the final score at 64-14.
The victory for the Eagles marked their 10th straight win of the undefeated regular season and also earned them the District Title.
“It feels really good,” Rejoice Christian Head Football Coach Brent Marley said. “I mean it’s something that we haven’t done in two years and just to win the district. We have been close the past two years. [It] came down to one game last year, the final play, and we wound up second. So, it’s good to just be back in this position and control our destiny for playoffs.”
The Eagles will compete in the first round of playoffs next week, and, according to Marley, their opponent could either be Pawnee, Pawhuska or Hominy. Marley’s strategy preparing for the first round is to take it week by week.
“Our theme this year is 1-0 and so we will do the best we can,” Marley said.
The Eagles will play the first round of playoffs at home against an unknown opponent, which will be announced at a later date.