NEWCASTLE — Newcastle needed to play error-free football Friday night to have a shot at knocking off second-ranked Kingfisher.
The Racers didn't come close, committing seven turnovers in a 45-7 loss that could have been worse.
Landon Nault rushed for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Docker Haub to lead the way for Kingfisher, which committed three turnovers of its own and racked up more than 90 yards in penalties.
“We came out kind of slow, but I felt like we responded pretty well,” said Nault, who rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries against an opposing defense that was backed up against it's own goal line most of the first half.
Newcastle quarterback Casey Freeman threw the first of his four interceptions on the team's second possession of the game, setting up a 5-play, 27-yard drive that culminated with a Haub keeper from nine yards out to make it 7-0.
Newcastle's offense fumbled the ball on the team's next two possessions, leading to easy Kingfisher scores. Nault scored from two yards out, and again from three yards out to make it 21-0
The Yellow Jackets (9-0, 6-0 Class 3A-3) led 28-0 at halftime.
“The game was mostly played inside our own 30,” said Newcastle coach Keith Bolles, whose team fell to 6-3, 4-1. “I think our defense played as well as could be expected.”
The Yellow Jackets were stingy on defense, allowing just one first down through three quarters of play. Through nine games they have allowed 60 points.
The Racers didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter, and avoided a shutout when quarterback Casey Freeman connected with receiver Gavin Garner on a 16-yard touchdown pass with nine minutes left and the outcome long decided.
“I thought we did a great job with take-aways,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot offensively.”