JAY, OK —
Behind a flawless passing night from freshman quarterback BJ Bradbury, Adair throttled Chouteau 67-0 Friday night in the teams' 40th meeting, though the victory was marred by a scary injury to Chouteau's Heath Detrick.
With the Warriors up 27-0 with just over two minutes to play in the first period, Detrick lowered his head to make a tackle on a punt return. Detrick stood up after the play and was visibly shaken before he fell back down to the ground. Chouteau staff signaled for medical personnel to make their way onto the field.
Detrick suffered a neck and back injury, Chouteau head coach Mark Jones said. Detrick was secured to a stretcher and gave a thumbs up to the crowd before being put into an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital. Jones said Detrick was expected to leave the hospital Friday night.
An ambulance on the field was the only thing that could stop Adair in the first half. The Warriors (5-1, 3-0 District 2A-7) scored on all eight of their first-half possessions and returned an interception for another score to put up a video-game-like 61 points heading into the locker room.
“We've had a little bit of a history when it comes to getting up on people and then kind of relaxing and letting off,” Adair head coach Mark Lippe said. “We've challenged out kids to not back down from anything. We have a group that can really put the nail in the coffin. That's where we have to get better. Tonight I was proud of our kids because we didn't let up one bit, and we're not going to.”
The Warrior defense shut down Chouteau (3-3, 1-2 2A-7) and its three workhorses, running backs Garrett Grossman, Austin Hershberger and Robert Evans. Adair didn't bite during the Wildcats' first two possessions when Hershberger lined up at quarterback and even picked off a Hershberger pass to set up the second Adair score.
Bradbury was a perfect 12-for-12 passing for 281 yards and six touchdowns, including three to Brock Martin and a pair to Hunter Rosebrough. Martin (six catches for 107 yards) also returned an errant Doug Mynahan throw 47 yards for a touchdown on defense, while Rosebrough (five catches for 130 yards) went 7-for-9 on his extra points.
Adair needed only one drive of more than three plays to score in the first half. Its opening drive went seven plays for 69 yards and was capped off by a five-yard Cody Eby run. Eby ran for a pair of touchdowns on the night and led the Warriors on the ground with 32 yards on three carries.
“Tonight we were pretty sharp,” Lippe said. “Our focus of the week was conditioning, both physically and mentally, and I thought our kids worked extremely hard, and it showed. In our opinion, we work as hard as anyone in the state of Oklahoma and on Friday nights we're going to celebrate and let it rip.”
The Warriors notched a trio of one-play drives in the first quarter alone, including a 54-yard strike from Bradbury to Rosebrough as the clock hit triple-zeroes, making the score 41-0.
The first quarter lasted 58 minutes in real-time due to Adair's volume scoring and the injury to Detrick. Jones reported that Detrick's teammate, Brock Couch, also left the Chouteau sideline with concussion-like symptoms.
Adair held Chouteau to just 112 total yards, and the ’Cats gave back 103 of those yards on 14 penalties in a game that got chippier as the night went along.
Hershberger led the Wildcats with 31 yards on 14 carries. Grossman added 24 yards on the ground. Doug Mynahan completed five of his 11 passes for 38 yards and an interception.
Adair's Will Hefner added a 24-yard TD catch in the second quarter, and Ben Woolman carried four times and scored on a five-yard run for the Warriors, who will travel to Chelsea Thursday to face the Dragons. Chouteau will host Pawhuska Thursday.
The Warriors now own a 30-10 all-time record against the Wildcats.
The Adair crowd and players wore pink Friday in memory of breast cancer victims and to support breast cancer survivors.