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March 02nd, 2021

boise city wildcats turpin cardinals 1Riley Ratzlaff fights through a tackle attempt by Boise City Friday night in Turpin. The Cardinal ran for 389 yards in a 58-24 win. Photo courtesy Pnahandle IllustratedBy Jason Epp

Leader & Times 

TURPIN, Okla. — Turpin senior quarterback Riley Ratzlaff ran for 389 yards and 8 touchdowns as the Cardinals shook off a sluggish start to win big, 58-24 over Boise City. 

Turnovers and miscues that plagued the Cardinals in their loss to Tyrone just one week ago reared their ugly head again early against the Boise City Wildcats. Turpin received the opening kickoff and on just their second offensive play, fumbled the snap. Boise City picked and took it in for the scoop and score to take a 6-0 lead less than a minute in. 

Turpin looked to answer on the ensuing possession, but faced a 4th and 8 from the Wildcat 9-yard line. Ratzlaff’s pass was intercepted in the endzone and returned to near mid-field. But a horse-collar tackle penalty gave the ball back to the Cardinals with a fresh set of downs. Ratzlaff scored on the next play from 4 yards out, then ran in the conversion to make the score 8-6 in Turpin’s favor. 

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Boise City retook the lead two drives later, when a missed tackle in the backfield on 2nd- and 17 turned into a 70-yard touchdown run, making the score 12-8 with 2:32 left in the first. Turpin answered right back when Ratzlaff hit tight end Bressen Edelen for 36 yards to the Wildcat 4. Ratzlaff ran it in on the next play, and converted the two-pointer as well to give Turpin a 16-12 lead with 11.6 seconds left in the first quarter. 

But even with that, Turpin did not finish the quarter with the lead as Boise City returned the ensuing kickoff as the quarter expired to retake the lead 18-16. 

From that point on, it was Cardinal dominance. 

“I thought we came out a little sluggish,” Cardinal Head Coach Justin Hanna said. “Not seeing any film, we just had to adjust on the fly to what defensive fronts they were going to do. I thought we did a good job after we made adjustments. We weren’t expecting them to run a four-man front and our kids did a good job adjusting to it because it gave us trouble at first. After we settled in, we played pretty well, and played physical. That was the key.” 

Turpin scored on three of their four second-quarter possessions and held Boise City to just one first down. Ratzlaff scored on runs of 1, 32, and 15 as Turpin took a 38-18 lead to the half. 

Boise City looked to start the second half off well with a big pass play into Turpin territory, but an unforced fumble in the run-after-catch was recovered by Cesar Anchondo at the Cardinal 35. 

Turpin controlled the ball scoring on back-to-back drives of 11 and 14 plays. The two drives took almost 13 minutes off the clock, and extended Turpin’s lead to 52-18 with 9:12 to play.  

Turpin’s offensive line consisting of center Drew Batt, guards Isaahia Olvera, Bailey Boyd and tight end Edelen cleared the way for 570 yards of offense, most of it right into the teeth of the Wildcats’ defense. 

“We challenged our offensive line all week to control the line of scrimmage, and they did,” Hanna said. “Riley did a good job running hard. We take a lot of pride in our offensive line play and being able to run the ball.” 

Defensively, Turpin limited Boise City to just 169 yards total and seven first downs. 

“Our defense played well. They were never able to sustain a drive,” Hanna said. “Consistently, our defense played well for all four quarters. They have explosive players and we were able to limit them.” 

Turpin (2-1) faces another mountain of a test as the travel to top-five ranked Buffalo (2-0), Friday.

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