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October 30th, 2020

turpin 02Turpin's Dakota Wills (44) rushes ahead on a run against top-ranked Shattuck, Friday night in Turpin. L&T photo/Jason EppBy JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

TURPIN, Okla.-- Top-ranked, undefeated, and 3-time defending state champion Shattuck wasted no time in showing the Turpin Cardinals just how good they are. Shattuck returned the opening kick for a 70-yard touchdown on their way to a 50-0 mercy-rule win, with 6:43 left to play in the third quarter. 

“Credit to Shattuck-they’re physical and they execute,” Cardinals Head Coach Justin Hanna said. “They didn’t make any mistakes we could take advantage of. Hats off to them. They played really well.” 

Shattuck returned a punt for a touchdown, scored touchdowns twice on one-play drives on their way to a 38-0 lead just two minutes into the second quarter. The last of those a demoralizing 92-yard screen play after Turpin’s best drive was ended on downs at the Indians eight-yard line. 

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Turpin struggled to move the ball at all, gaining just three first downs on their first four drives with no more than one on any one drive. the Cardinals next possession, Turpin faced a fourth and inches from their 45, but a motion penalty knocked the Cardinals back and forced Turpin to line up in punt formation. Up-man Ernesto Chavez kept the drive alive with a 27-yard run on the fake punt setting up the Cardinals, first and ten at the Shattuck 35. 

Turpin again converted on a fourth-and-five from the Shattuck 30 when quarterback Riley Ratzlaff found Chavez over the middle for 16 yards to give the Cardinals a first and ten at the 14. Turpin advanced the ball to the eight, but failed to convert a third fourth down and Shattuck took over. The drive was 15 plays and covered 70 yards and took 7:08 off the clock. 

Turpin’s starting offense was held to just 117 yards on 32 plays; 89 yards rushing on 22 carries and 3 of 10 passing for 28 yards.  

Turpin’s top offensive weapon Riley Ratzlaff was held to just 30 yards on 13 carries. Ernesto Chavez had one carry for 27 yards and one catch for 16. Dakota Wills ran five times for 27 yards.  

Turpin (3-3; 0-1) will look too rebound Thursday in a crucial game for playoff position in B-1 when they travel to Canton (3-3; 0-1). 

“Our main goal of making the playoffs is still in front of us,” Hanna said. “We’ll put this behind us, and start getting ready for Canton.” 

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