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September 2, 2012

Riders rout Yale in opener

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YALE — Hulbert has come quite a ways in one year’s time.

In its 2011 season opener, Hulbert squandered an opportunity to put Yale away late.

Not this year, though. The Riders made it look easy Friday night in Yale.

Chris Vance rushed the ball 22 times for 218 yards and four touchdowns as Hulbert rolled past Yale, 29-6.

“We were ahead last year late and let it slip away, so we looked at last night as a way to see how far we’ve progressed,” said Hulbert coach Mitchell Crittenden, whose team is coming off a rebound year in 2011, where the Riders went 4-6.

Vance scored twice in the first half for the Riders. He scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and on a 45-yard scamper in the second quarter.

Hulbert took a 14-0 lead into halftime, before Yale posted its lone touchdown early in the third quarter on Devion Saunders’ 80-yard kickoff return.

Then it was back to the Vance Show. He followed the Bulldogs’ only score with TD runs of 25 and 3 yards in the third quarter.

Joining Vance in Hulbert’s rushing attack was March Smith, who racked up 96 yards on 13 carries.

“Anytime (a team) rushes for over 400 yards, it’s fun,” Crittenden said. “Have to give a lot of credit to the O-line and receivers for the initial yardage. After that, it was a lot of extra effort by all our backs.”

Just as good as Hulbert’s running backs was the Riders’ defense, which didn’t allow a single Yale touchdown.

“The defense played as well as they have since I’ve been here,” said Crittenden, in his second year at Hulbert. “(Yale) had less than 90 yards total offense.”

The Riders’ next game will be Friday when they open up at home against Warner.

Indians double up Okemah

OKEMAH — Kyle Helsley rushed for 136 yards and two touchdown on five carries as Class 3A No. 6 Sequoyah beat up Okemah, 40-20, at Panther Field on Friday night.

Helsley scored Sequoyah’s go-ahead touchdown on a 30-yard run late in the first quarter. The Indians took a 14-7 advantage and continued to pour it on.

Sequoyah struck early in the first quarter, scoring on Brayden Scott’s 24-yard pass to Niko Hammer.

Okemah would respond with a 25-yard TD run by Josh Deere.

Following Helsley’s score, Lonnie Drapeau put Sequoyah up two touchdowns with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter. The Indians would tack on two more TD’s in the second quarter — a 5-yard pass from Scott to Ryan Helsley and a 2-yard run by Karter Woodruff — to claim a 34-14 halftime advantage.

Kyle Helsley would score his final touchdown on a 45-yard run at the 5:39 mark of the third quarter.

As a team, Sequoyah posted 239 yards rushing on 34 carries. Scott passed for 124 yards by completing 13 of 18 passes.

Okemah only mustered 183 yards of total offense.

Sequoyah will continue non-district play Friday night with another road game at Beggs.

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