CLAREMORE — What a difference a year can make.
Last year, the Keys Cougars averaged almost two passing touchdowns per game. After a Week 1 31-10 loss to Claremore Sequoyah Friday night, they’re still waiting for their first, as senior quarterback Trevor Eubanks went 5 of 17 for 33 yards and threw three interceptions.
The Cougars’ lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter, when sophomore back-up quarterback Riley Radomski ran for 50 yards.
Originally a defensive slugfest peppered with two lost fumbles, a Seth Alsenay sack and a handful of penalty flags, the only offensive score for either team in the first quarter was a J.J. Ozturk field goal late in the period, which gave the Cougars their only lead of the night.
On the ensuing kickoff, Claremore-Sequoyah’s Colton Graves scored on 95-yard return, putting the Eagles up for good.
After holding the Cougars to two first downs in the second and third quarters combined, Claremore Sequoyah’s offense took over late in the third quarter, driving into Keys’ territory and setting up a 37-yard field goal to open the fourth quarter. The Cougars gave up rushing touchdowns on the next two possessions en route to yielding 166 yards on the ground.
Keys (0-1) travels to Checotah (1-0) Friday. Checotah opened its season with a 19-7 home win over Morris Friday night.
Claremore-Sequoyah 31, Keys 10
KEYS 3 0 0 7 10
CLAREMORE SEQUOYAH 7 7 0 17 31
Keys — J.J. Ozturk 30-yard field goal
Claremore Sequoyah — Colten Graves 95-yard kickoff return (Chance Schultz kick)
Claremore Sequoyah — Daniel Moniz 42-yard interception return (Sam Lederman kick)
Claremore Sequoyah — Lederman 37-yard field goal
Claremore Sequoyah — Garrett Shepherd 21-yard run (Schultz kick)
Claremore Sequoyah — Tanner Wood 33-yard run (Schultz kick)
Keys — Riley Radomski 50-yard run (Ozturk kick)
Team stats Keys Claremore Sequoyah
First downs 6 15
Rush yards 87 166
Pass att-comp 5-17 8-18
Pass yards 33 96
Interceptions 3 1
Total yards 120 262
Punts-avg 6-28.3 5-30.6
Penalties-yds 3-35 10-75
Claremore Sequoyah — Daniel Moniz 14-68, Garrett Shepherd 12-31, Hunter Webster 4-19, Tanner Wood 5-48
Keys — Trever Eubanks 8-17, John Haeberle 7-3, Riley Radomski 2-54, Ben Sweet 3-11, Chance Welch 4-2, Trent Cox 1-0, Jesse Haeberle, 1-0
Claremore Sequoyah — Moniz 8-18-1, 96
Keys — Eubanks 5-17-3, 33
Claremore Sequoyah — Bryan Clinton 3-19, Colton Graves 1-10, Blake Muns 3-49, Colton Rector 1-9, Webster 1-9
Keys — Tyler Blankenship 2-18, Rylan Davenport 1-12, Jesse Haeberle 1-3, John Haeberle 1-0