Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

KANSAS, Okla. — Two touchdowns in a matter of seconds helped Kansas break open its District 2A-8 game with Quapaw and roll to a 39-6 victory here Friday night.

“We played hard at times,” Quapaw head coach Brad Homer said. “We definitely played better in the second half.”

After being outscored 26-0 in the first two quarters, the Wildcats yielded only two scores in the final 24 minutes.

They averted a shutout with 8:48 left in the game when Josh Hurley scored on a 10-yard run. The PAT attempt failed.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in 2A-8 play.

The Comets evened their district record at 2-2, leaving them in fifth place with four teams tied at the top at 3-1.

Kansas broke out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 4 and 74 yards by Dakota Bright. Brett Odle hit the PAT following Bright’s first score.

Johnny Lewis caught a 35-yard pass from Wade Lewis with 11.8 seconds remaining in the half. Odle toed the extra point.

Austin Catcher stripped the ball from a Quapaw return man and raced 26 yards for a touchdown with just over a second elapsed.

Kansas got a 67-yard run from Tyler Lankston with 8:41 left in the third quarter, then Wade Lewis broke loose on a 55-yard romp at 11:20 of the fourth.

Kansas generated 486 yards in total offense in the game, including 419 on the ground.

Bright finished with 179 yards and two scores on 14 carries while Wade Lewis chipped in with 110 yards and one touchdown on 10 attempts.

The Wildcats got 79 yards on 20 carries by Hurley and 56 from Cody Vance, who got the call eight times.

Quarterback Tyler Bacon completed 5 of 15 passes for 110 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Josh Ball caught four passes for 97 yards.

Quapaw hosts Colcord Thursday night while Kansas will travel to Ketchum.