Going into the season, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said the Antlers would be explosive on offense. They proved it in Friday night's 52-13 pummeling of Piedmont.
The Antlers scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and led 35-0 after the first quarter. It was 45-0 at halftime.
“We got a lot of weapons,” Gower said. “We kind of got on a roll and had some good things happened. All of sudden it was 35-0.”
Deer Creek quarterback, Joel Blumenthal, was 13 of 16 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He only played a portion of the Antlers' first series of the second half.
“He cramped up right at that point,” Gower said. “We pulled him at that point.”
The rest of Deer Creek's starters were out of the game midway through the third period. Running back Brennan Miyake rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown. Alec James had six receptions for 92 yards and a score.
Jared Rayburn, who moved to the slot receiver this season, had a big night on both sides of the ball. He caught a 49-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 99 yards for a score, jumping an out route.
TRIPLE OPTION SUITS ROCKETS
Friday night was the debut of Mount St. Mary's new triple option offense, and it was a big success.
The Rockets rolled over Crooked Oak, 54-19, as quarterback Mikee Anthony ran for three touchdowns and passed for another.
Anthony has been a receiver for the Rockets since his freshman year but was moved to quarterback for his senior season. Not only was Anthony told in January that he was going to be the Rockets' new quarterback, he also was told the team would be running a new option offense.
The Rockets line up with a quarterback, fullback, a slot back on each side and one wide receiver.
“When I first started learning it, I had a lot of trouble getting my reads down properly, but toward the middle of the summer everyone started clicking,” Anthony said.
Anthony said the new offense allows the Rockets to take advantage of their depth at the slot back position.
“We are pretty much four deep there,” he said. “We have a lot of kids with quickness and athleticism who can make great cuts when they get the ball.”
The Rockets rushed for 348 yards as a team against Crooke Oak. Anthony had 20 carries for 175 yards.
Learning to throw the football was more difficult for Anthony than learning the option game.
“I was a baseball player for 10 years, so I didn't have a very good throwing style,” he said.
Anthony worked with a passing coach three times a week during the summer. Now, he prefers throwing touchdown passes over catching them.
“The feeling of placing the ball just in the right spot and having somebody run under it feels pretty great,” he said.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND ED GODFREY