De Soto plays keep away with Prairie View
Coach Brad Scott indicated that junior tailback Tyler Farmer might see a few more carries in week two.
The focus of Osawatomie's defense in the season opener, Farmer was restricted in both carries and yards.
When Farmer finally got the chance for more carries in Fridays showdown against Prairie View, to say he took advantage might be an understatement.
Farmer ripped visiting Prairie View for 192 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries as De Soto rolled through its home opener, 34-12.
Farmer scored from 20 and 30 yards in the first half before streaking in from 61 yards early in the third quarter.
"He's a playmaker. We just need to have the ball in his hands," Scott said. "You have to feed him."
As gaudy as his numbers were, for the second straight week it was the defense that made the difference.
Buoyed by the return of powerful defensive end Taylor Burnett, the squad nabbed six turnovers and picked up five sacks, holding the Buffalos scoreless until Scott subbed out the starters midway through the fourth quarter.
Burnett played his first game after returning from a broken coller bone and picked up an interception which he returned for a touchdown, and two sacks.
"It feels great," Burnett said. "We're trying to build a tradition with our defense. We want to be heard about around the state."
Prairie View marched to the Wildcat 20-yard line with the opening drive before the Wildcats forced the first of two fumbles. After De Soto's Dustin Ester returned the favor one play later, the defense reeled off two sacks in the next three plays, setting up a fourth and 25 from the 50. Farmer then capped the powerful defensive statement with a flying punt block.
It was the sign of things to come.
Neil Erisman picked off two passes while JT Thompson and Burnett had one apiece. Three of De Soto's four second-quarter touchdowns came after turnovers.
"(The defense) played very well tonight," coach Brad Scott said. "Our kids did a good job of breaking on the ball, and we got good pressure up front."
Offensively, sophomore quarterback Jake Morse and the Wildcats engineered enough big plays to leave Scott discarding his headphones, a grin spread across his face, midway through the fourth quarter.
After a scoreless first, Farmer capitalized on Erisman's interception with a 30-yard gallop for his first touchdown.
The junior tailback helped set up the next touchdown too, breaking free for 43 yards to Prairie View's 20-yard line. Morse connected with Burnett, who doubles as a tight end, for 16 more before Ester plunged in from 4 yards for a two-touchdown lead.
Later in the second quarter, Farmer again took advantage of a turnover, this time scoring from 25 after Thompson's pick.
Burnett's interception and 40-yard return sent the Wildcats to the locker room up 27-0.
"We got on a roll there," Scott said. "We got them back on their heels a bit, and it snowballed on them. It was a little bit of fast-break football, and we tried to take advantage of it as much as we could."
Morse also took advantage of his second start at quarterback. He looked sharp, completing five passes for 85 yards more as a tribute to Farmer's big day than any shortcoming. His slow start kept the game scoreless in the first quarter, but when he warmed, so did the Wildcats.
"Jake played great," Scott said. "He got off to a shaky start, but he responded the best of anybody. He did an excellent job."