By Andrew Glover
YALE, Okla. —
The Yale Bulldogs were hoping to contain Morrison’s running attack and convert in the red zone. Friday at McGee Field, neither happened. Yale didn’t convert on its only red zone attempt and Morrison running backs Jordan Quinata and Scotty Van Dorn combined for four rushing touchdowns in a 36-0 Wildcats’ victory.
“(Van Dorn and Quinata) are pretty good running backs,” Yale coach Craig Ellis said. “They are good, hard runners and we didn’t keep them corralled up.”
Van Dorn ran for 167 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns and converted a two-point conversion. Quinata rushed for 96 yards with most of it coming on his 67-yard touchdown run. Morrison coach Cory Bales said Yale did a good job of containing them in the first half but changed things in the second.
“First half, I didn’t feel like we did a good job of running off the ball,” Bales said. “Yale did a good job and won the line of scrimmage. In the second half, We did a better job. You don’t have to give Scotty Van Dorn a big hole to run through, you just got to give him a little crease.”
Leading 14-0, the Wildcats (5-1, 3-0) took control immediately in the second half. On Yale’s first play from scrimmage, Van Dorn stripped Yale’s back Eric Hambrick and returned the fumble 20 yards for a touchdown. Van Dorn converted the two-point conversion to put Morrison up 22-0. The Bulldogs had to punt on their next two possessions and Morrison took advantage of the second. With the ball at the Yale 24, Van Dorn went the distance to increase the Wildcats’ lead. At the end of the quarter, Van Dorn scored on a 7-yard run.
“(The strip) was a big play and he takes it in,” Bales said. “Then we got the running game going.”
The Wildcats finished the game with 349 yards rushing compared to 227 total yards for Yale’s offense. Morrison’s defense pitched its second straight shutout. Last week, the Wildcats shut out Hominy. In the second half, Morrison had three takeaways for four total. Parker Venus and Andrew Polasek intercepted passes to go along with Van Dorn’s fumble recovery.
“We played great defensively,” Bales said. “We bent but didn’t break.”
The defenses were dominant in the first half. The Bulldogs drove into Morrison territory three times in the first half. None of those drives yielded points. On the first possession after a Morrison fumble, Yale drove to the Morrison 44. Two false start penalties and an illegal forward pass penalty stalled the drive. The Bulldogs got down to the Morrison 31 but JR Wakely’s pass was intercepted at the Yale 10 by Morrison’s Scotty Van Dorn. Toward the end of the first half, Yale drove inside the Morrison 10 but couldn’t convert a fourth down.
“That was a big letdown for us,” Ellis said. “We were trying to get one more first down and score and just couldn’t do it.”
Most of the Wildcats’ 215 yards in the first half were on three plays. Jordan Quinata ran for a 67-yard touchdown and converted the two-point conversion to give Morrison an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second, Quinata converted a third-and-10 with a 27-yard pass to Justin Bearry to the Yale 30. Van Dorn scored on a 21-yard run to cap the Wildcats scoring for the first half. The Wildcats other drives ended in a fumble, punt and the end of the half.
Yale (3-3, 1-2) visits Kiefer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Morrison hosts Drumright at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.