Coach Keith Wilkes and his Vance football team say they don’t underestimate any of their opponents.
They didn’t waste any time, scoring 31 seconds into the game on the third play from scrimmage on senior tailback Oquan Bratton’s 30-yard touchdown run and never looked back, rolling to a 71-0 home victory on Thursday night.
“We’re just trying to keep improving every week,” Wilkes said. “We are a really young team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We are a few mistakes away from being 3-0. We are trying to maximize our potential.”
Vance (2-1) scored early and often, getting touchdowns on six of its first seven offensive possessions, while adding a safety, a punt block return for a score and an interception for a touchdown in the first half alone.
After Bratton got things started, the Cougars tackled Garinger’s punter on the 1-yard line and needed only one play to score on their third drive, as senior running back Kyderian Green punched it in.
After another Garinger (0-4) three-and-out, the Wildcats snapped it over the punter’s head for a Vance safety.
Green scored on the first play of the drive again, this time making a couple of moves and then sprinting straight up the middle for a 15-yard touchdownand a 23-0 lead.
The next play from scrimmage, Bratton took an interception back 23 yards for a 30-0 lead.
“It was really cool to get touchdowns for the offense and defense,” said Bratton, who scored the only times he touched the ball in the game.
Vance’s Barry Gray then blocked Garinger’s punt attempt on the next drive, bounding right to teammate Elijah Westbrook, who took it 8 yards for another score.
The Cougars led 37-0 after one quarter, 58-0 at halftime and 65-0 after three quarters.
Vance added three more touchdown runs in the second quarter, as Daquan Gladen, D.J. Massey and R.J. Bryant scored. Bryant is the younger brother of former Vance standout and now University of South Carolina linebacker Larenz Bryant.
Garinger managed only 3 yards of total offense for the game and lost its 13th straight game, dating back to a 16-14 win against Harding on Oct. 21, 2011.
The Wildcats have been outscored by a combined 218-8 so far this season.
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