KINGFISHER — The Kingfisher Yellow Jackets were being too cautious for coach Jeff Myers' liking in the first half against Heritage Hall on Friday night. They got it going after halftime, though, and posted yet another blowout win.
Quarterback Grant Newton accounted for four touchdowns and Jake Blair caught two touchdown passes to lead No. 1 Kingfisher to a 35-6 romp over the Chargers, who mostly used a freshman quarterback throughout the game.
“It was a win and that was about it,” Myers said. “Heritage Hall isn't anywhere near the caliber of team that they have been in the past. … But it's good to start off district play with a W.”
Heritage Hall (1-3, 0-1 District 3A-3) has been a thorn in Kingfisher's side in recent years, having beaten the Yellow Jackets five times since 2008, including in the 2010 Class 3A championship game. But the Chargers are rebuilding this year and now have dropped three straight — albeit to Clinton, Davis and Kingfisher, all top-notch squads.
Kingfisher (4-0, 1-0) limited the Chargers to 142 total yards and didn't let them drive inside the Kingfisher 35 until the final minutes.
The Yellow Jackets' offensive numbers weren't gaudy — they had 255 yards of offense — but they made key plays when needed.
Kingfisher took advantage of good field position to score first. The Yellow Jackets started at the Heritage Hall 45 after a punt and, after picking up a couple of first downs, Newton carried around right end on a 15-yard TD run. Jonathan Aville's kick made it 7-0 with 10:20 left in the second quarter. That was the halftime score, and Myers let his team know at halftime that wasn't acceptable.
“We didn't play to the caliber that we thought we could play,” Myers said. “We were playing too carefully and too cautiously instead of just cutting loose and doing what we do best, which is dominating up front. … In the second half, we came out and were a lot sharper. We asserted ourselves in the run game and stuck with it.”
Kingfisher took the second-half kickoff and drove 55 yards in nine plays, with Newton hitting Blair on a 14-yard scoring pass. Landon Nault quickly intercepted quarterback Michael McMullen, then threw a 24-yard halfback pass that Blair juggled, but held on to, in the end zone, making it 21-0 less than five minutes into the third quarter.
Blair was injured while playing defense on Heritage Hall's next series and was on crutches after the game, but Myers said the injury likely was a hip pointer and Blair should be OK.
A pair of short touchdown runs by Newton put Kingfisher ahead 35-0 with 10:24 left. Newton carried 15 times for 47 yards and completed 7-of-13 passes for 87 yards, while Nault had 18 carries for 54 yards.
McMullen hit Dominique James on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 2:39 left to allow Heritage Hall to avoid the shutout. McMullen finished 12-of-22 passing for 98 yards.