KINGFISHER — Kingfisher junior Jace Sternberger isn't ready to call the Yellowjackets' defense the best in his three years.
“I'll let y'all answer that,” he said. “I don't want to jinx us.”
But the evidence is starting to stack up after Kingfisher dominated rival Hennessey 31-0 Friday night for the team's second shutout of the early season.
The Yellowjackets, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, held the Eagles to just 142 yards while running backs Landon Nault and Nick Smith carried the load offensively with three touchdowns.
Class 2A No. 5 Hennessey only really threatened to score once when Nault fumbled the ball away just before halftime. The Eagles (2-1) pushed the ball down to the 15, only to turn the ball over on downs when senior defensive end Gatlin Squires knocked down Dylan Hatchel's pass.
At that point, though, it was 24-0.
“For us to shut down a team like that, that scored 40-something points last week against Jones, you can't ask for more than that,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said.
Kingfisher (3-0) started the scoring early when quarterback Docker Haub connected with Jace Sternberger for a 14-yard TD.
Nault and Smith combined to do the rest, with Smith kicking a 34-yard field goal and scoring on a 66-yard run in the second. Nault scored on an 83-yard run and a 1-yard dive.