Butler County Times Gazette
  • Mulvane thumps Augusta

  • Mulvane's offense was too much for Augusta to handle.
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  • Mulvane ran its offense with impeccable timing and high efficiency the entire first half of Friday night's game against Augusta. The Orioles got to witness what can happen when a team has all of its player focused on one side of the ball. The Wildcats were simply too much for Augusta to handle in a 68-21 thumping. "They played better than we did," coach Roger Robben said. "They made better plays, they executed. "The other thing that helps [Mulvane] is their system," he added. "Those guys practice one side of the ball. That's all they do. They run offensive plays for two and a half hours of practice." Right from the opening drive, Mulvane's offensive prowess was put on display. The Wildcats marched 80 yards on five plays for one touchdown, then came back and added a second score for a 14-0 lead with just 6 minutes elapsed. Augusta did have some brilliant moments of offense of its own. Trae Goken busted loose for a 56-yard scamper after cutting up the middle through Mulvane's front line, then nearly outracing the Wildcats' defense before getting tackled. Connor Hurst later punched in a touchdown to keep Augusta close early at 14-7. "I thought our offense, at times, clicked and did some things that were really positive, against what I thought was a really solid defense," Robben said. But Mulvane just couldn't be stopped. The Wildcats answered with a 53-yard TD run on its next possession, then added the 80-yard TD pass on a flanker screen for a 28-7 lead after the first quarter. The Wildcats added three more touchdowns before halftime as the Orioles' defense got beat a couple of extravagant plays. "On the defensive side of the ball, we just had too many blown assignments. Guys not doing what they've been coached to do, and that hurt us," Robben said. Ty Redington was a perfect 9-for-9 throwing the ball for Mulvane. He completed a pair of touchdown passes to Alex Evans of 20 and 80 yards and added a 30-yard scoring pass to Nolan Smith. Redington's nine completions went for 235 yards. Augusta scored 14 points in the third quarter. Tristan Finch made a couple huge plays, mostly by breaking tackles and following downfield blocks. He scored a six-yard touchdown, then finished off an 85-yard burst down the left sideline. Finch finished 129 yards on seven carries. Goken had 83 yards on 15 carries in a strong performance. The Orioles finished with 234 yards - all rushing yards - to Mulvane's 647 yards. If there were any other positives for the Orioles, they were the fact that the Orioles committed only three penalties for 25 yards. Mulvane had 12 penalties for 110 yards. Neither team committed a turnover until late in the game. Augusta (0-2) will try to snap its now 12-game losing streak on the road against Wellington next week.
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