If there was any chance Santa Fe South would catch McLoud looking forward to next week’s rivalry showdown against Tecumseh, coach Eric Cardin and the Redskins squashed it early.
The Redskins (2-0, 3-2) pushed their winning streak to two games by whipping the visiting Saints on homecoming night Friday, 52-0.
“Our boys came out and did exactly what they needed to against a team like this: controlled the game early, got it over by halftime. They played hard and executed well. I’m proud of them,” Cardin said.
McLoud dominated the first two quarters, jumping out to a 14-0 lead on the legs of Klayton Adams. Adams, who finished with 136 yards and two scores on just 11 carries, set the tone early.
Adams and Redskin quarterback and safety Joseph Wood owned the first half. Wood picked up 35 yards and two touchdowns on his two carries.
Later in the second quarter, Wood picked off Saint quarterback Adrian Olivas and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
He added a 7-yard touchdown through the air to Adams midway through the second quarter. Wood finished with 80 yards on 7-of-13 passing.
Wood and many of the McLoud starters sat for the second half, which was played with a running clock.
The McLoud defense harassed Santa Fe South skill players all night. The Saints (1-4, 0-2) looked feeble on both sides of the ball throughout the game, surrendering 385 total yards to the home team and losing three of their five fumbles.
The Saints had six three-and-outs and punted seven times.
Cody Jackson and Bryson Garcia played solidly for the Redskins in mop-up duty. Jackson picked up 52 yards on 10 carries, most coming in the second half, and backup quarterback Garcia added 37 yards on six rushes and scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Record-tying Redskin kicker Dakota Jordan added a field goal in the third quarter.
McLoud rumbled for 305 rushing yards and put up 80 passing yards.
Wood’s passing numbers had the potential to be astronomical. He found receivers deep in the Santa Fe South secondary several times in the first half but could not connect. He overthrew two receivers down the sideline and had one of his tosses dropped near the Saint 5-yard-line.
Meanwhile, the McLoud defense went to work in a big way. The Saints racked up more penalty yards (85) than total yards (72) and more turnovers (4) than first downs (3).
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The game got chippy, with both teams registering personal foul penalties, but never got out of hand of the officials.
The Redskins currently sit atop the District 4A-2 standings after defeating Glenpool and Santa Fe South in consecutive weeks, but will face a stiff challenge next week when they invade Tecumseh.
“It’ll be a good game. It always is. No matter who has the better team through the years it’s a dogfight. Coach [Greg] George and his guys over there do a great job. We’re looking forward to a good game.”
McLoud’s date with the Savages is set for 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Tecumseh.