By Elizabeth Tanner/The Post Dispatch—
Quarterback Slayden Pittman completed 6 of 9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Antelopes shut out the Floydada Whirlwinds 69-0.
Kicking off the first quarter with four touchdowns, all of which were followed with successful PATs by Pittman, the Antelopes were able to secure an early lead of 28-0.
“We got off to a slow start,” Head Coach and Athletic Director Michael Pittman said. “Our first couple possessions, we were not executing like we needed to. Once we got going, we ran and passed the ball pretty well.”
The first touchdown came off a 24-yard run by Ashton Jefferson and it was quickly 7-0 Antelopes.
And, with Floydada fumbling the ball, Pittman was able to pick it. Up and run for a second touchdown and PAT to push the score to 14-0.
Running 15 yards off a punt by Davian Ramos, Nathan McDaniel was able to find the endzone, upping the Antelopes lead 21-0.
Capping the 28-0 first quarter, Pittman aired the ball for 21-yards to McDaniel for a touchdown.
Continuing their scoring streak in the second quarter, the Antelopes were able to secure another four touchdowns and three PATs.
Closely following a 2-yard touchdown by McDaniel, Floydada suffered an incomplete pass, and Pittman quickly put the ball back into Antelope possession. In control, Pittman quickly aired it out to Jefferson for a 41-yard touchdown, bringing the Antelopes’ lead to 41-0.
Running 33 yards into the endzone off a Whirlwind punt, Avery Clarkson put another seven on the board for the Antelopes.
Jefferson capped off the second quarter with a 16-yard touchdown, and with a blocked PAT by Pittman, the Antelopes were up 55-0 at halftime.
With Floydada tossing another incomplete pass, Isaiah Crawford was able to seize possession of the ball and run 35-yards for a touchdown, bringing the Antelopes’ edge to a whopping 61-0 at the end of the third.
Crowning the game, Kenddrick Curtis ran 10-yards for a touchdown, which was followed by a two-point conversion ran in by Taye Perez. The game ended Floydada 69-0.
“We had the change to spread the ball around and get a lot of different players touches which should help us in future games,” Pittman said.
Assisting Pittman on offensive was Clarkson who amassed five carries, 84 rushing yards and one touchdown. Not far behind in yardage was Jefferson who racked up 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Keeping Floydada to only 77 yards of total offense was Zach Courtney with 10 tackles, Brennan Riker with 9 and Steven Huff with 8, two of which were sacks.
“Defensively, we did a good job against the pass,” Pittman said. “They threw the ball a bunch and we didn’t give up any big plays.”
Also last week, the Junior Varsity Antelopes also took charge, stomping Floydada 44-14, bringing their record to 3-0 in district play.
Next, the Varsity Antelopes challenge the Hale Center Owls at 7 p.m., Oct. 30 at Jimmy Redman Memorial Stadium.
“Hale Center is a team that likes to throw the ball and are a no huddle team so it’s going to be important to be lined up correctly when the ball is snapped,” Pittman said. “We will spend practice time trying to get used to their tempo and being able to line up to their foundations.”