Despite running 85 plays to the Buffs’ 31, the Cardinals averaged just 3.9 yards per play, while the Buffs averaged 16.6.
Jarome Smith rushed for two additional touchdowns in the first half: a 67-yarder on the Buffs' first offensive play of the game, then a 14-yarder with 2:32 left in the half that made it 35-14 Buffs. Wood had a 63-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, and on the Buffs’ next drive threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Mason Bumphus to make it 21-7 Buffs with 3:37 left in the first.
“I got the rust knocked off from whenever I was out for my ankle,” Wood said. He added that the Cardinals couldn’t tackle the Buffs because of all the time spent in the weight room.
However lopsided this game may have been, the Buffs know they won’t be able to run over their opponent next week, when second-ranked Carl Albert comes to Hook Eales Stadium for the quarter-finals.
“We’re going to need McAlester,” Coach Pratt said of next week’s game. “We’re going to need a packed house. We’re going to need the bleachers full and people standing on the fence.”
With the win, the Buffs improved to 10-1 this season and remain undefeated in Class 5A. The Cardinals finished 4-7.
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