Special to the Grove Sun
YALE — For just the second time in school history, Afton has completed an unbeaten regular season in football.
The Eagles improved to 10-0 with a 63-0 demolition of Yale here Friday night.
Coach Mike Cole’s 1979 Afton squad went 10-0 in the regular season, but lost to Oaks 14-8 in the first round of the Class B playoffs.
Afton hosts Barnsdall, the fourth-place team in district A-7, in an opening-round game Friday night.
“God has blessed us this season,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “We’ve been fortunate to stay healthy all year. We haven’t had any injuries. What happens in small-town football is you have to stay healthy because it’s such a long season.”
Quarterback Brennon Fuser had a career night, completing seven of his nine pass attempts for 204 yards and five touchdowns.
He also returned a punt 90 yards for the Eagles’ final score of the night. And to cap things off, he also had one of Afton’s four pass interceptions in the game.
“We returned that opening kickoff and everything else just clicked from there, all aspects of the game,” Gardner said. “We played well and they didn’t stop us. We never had to punt and we didn’t do anything to shoot ourselves in the foot (no turnovers). We connected off their turnovers.”
Gardner said the Eagles’ longest drive was 75 and needed just three plays to complete.
The Eagles set the tone for the night when Dusty Henry returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Things went from bad to worse for Yale in the opening frame as Afton got a 6-yard TD pass from Fuser to Jacob Mustain, Matt Wisdom exploded for a 72-yard touchdown run and Henry caught an 8-yard scoring strike fromFuser.
Afton scored three more times in the second period to balloon the score to 49-0 at the break.
Sam Shepard sandwiched touchdown catches of 47 and 27 yards around a 52-yard catch-and-run by Henry.
Mercifully, a running clock in the second half limited the Eagles’ damage to two touchdowns in the third quarter: a 10-yard run by Wisdom and Fuser’s 90-yard punt runback.
Mustain was successful on all of his extra-point attempts.
Wisdom ran the ball only eight times but netted 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Henry caught three passes for 94 yards and a score, had two punt returns for 34 yards and added the game-opening kickoff return.
Wisdom and Brooks Victor were the defensive leaders for the Eagles with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
Fuser, Henry, Victor and Doyle Huff each had an interception for Afton.