Payton Wilson scored three touchdowns as Orange exploded for 29 points in the second quarter to defeat crosstown rival Cedar Ridge 42-3 in a Friday night road game for the Panthers
Leading only 6-3 at the end of the first quarter in front of a packed house, Wilson returned an interception 46 yards on the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter to start a frame full of big plays.
Wilson also scored on the subsequent 2-point conversion to give Orange (9-0, 4-0 Big 8 3A) a 14-3 lead. Running back Marvante Beasley, who rushed for 171 yards on 13 carries, scored on a 75-yard run around left end with 9:04 remaining in the first half.
On the next Orange drive, quarterback Jackson Schmid threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Cody Evans, and finished the half with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Wilson with :18 remaining in the first half.
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Cedar Ridge’s Trent Gill kicked a 27-yard field goal on the Red Wolves’ opening drive, their only points of the night.
Orange retained the victory bell with its fifth straight win over the Red Wolves (4-5, 1-2). The Orange defense hasn’t given up a touchdown in 15 consecutive quarters.
BY THE NUMBERS
224-29: Combined scores for Orange in its last five wins over Cedar Ridge.
11: Touchdowns for Wilson this season – four on punt returns, five rushing, two receiving and one interception return. He also leads the team in tackles.
408: Total offense for Orange, a season high.
THEY SAID IT
“This is probably the best defense I’ve had. They’re very stingy. They hit hard and they hit often. They hit in groups. It’s a lot of fun to watch them play. I thought Cedar Ridge did a pretty good job moving the ball against them early, but when we settled down and shut off the ages, we did our usual good job,” Orange coach Pat Moser.
OUT OF BOUNDS
With Orange’s regular long snapper out for the game, the Panthers took the unusual move of putting their starting quarterback Schmid in at long snapper. Schmid is also Orange’s punter, so leading receiver Cody Evans punted in place of Schmid. Orange also played without two starting offensive linemen.