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turpin 01Turpin’s Bresson Edelen reaches over the goal line for a two-point conversion Friday against Seiling. Turpin won 46.0. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

Leader & Times

TURPIN — Riley Ratzlaff erupted for 210 yards rushing and four touchdowns Friday to lead the Turpin Cardinals to a 46-0 win over Seiling, Okla., that ended midway through the third quarter.

The win helped secure a home playoff game for the Cardinals (6-4) Friday against Waukomis (1-7).

Ratzlaff opened the blowout on Turpin’s second possession with a 50-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.

Ratzlaff broke free on the first play form scrimmage in the second quarter for a 58-yard touchdown run, and the Cardinals had a 14-0 lead.

Ratzlaff broke free on another long run to help set up Turpin’s third touchdown with a 43-yard scamper tot he Seiling 23 yard line. Dakota Wills started to pound the ball up the middle for the Cardinals for 18 yards on three straight carries, and Ratzlaff capped the drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone on fourth-and-two to give the Cardinals a 22-0 lead.

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Turpin’s defense stopped Seiling on three straight plays to start the second half, and the Cardinals blocked the Wildcat punt. It was scooped up by Cesar Anchondo who darted to the end zone for a 30-0 Turpin lead early in the third quarter.

The Wildcats put together a six-play drive and reached the Cardinal 18 yard line after a 49-yard run by Bryson Gore.

But the Cardinal defense responded by pushing the Wildcats back to the 30 yard line where they faced a fourth-and-15.

Seiling freshman quarterback Kaden Manuel faced heavy pressure on fourth down and threw the ball away before being flags for intentional grounding, and the Cardinals took over.

Anchondo broke free on a 58-yard run after Ratzlaff opened the drive with a nine-yard carry, and the Cardinals were just outside the Seiling goal line.

Ratzlaff plunged in to the end zone from one yard out, and after Anchondo scored the two-point conversion, the Cardinals had a 38-0 lead.

Seiling struggled to field the Turpin kick-off, and the Wildcats started their final possession on their own 3 yard line.

Only needing a touchdown and extra point to enact the mercy rule, the Cardinal defense kept the pressure on, and the Wildcats were only able to gain two yards on the first three plays from scrimmage.

Seiling punted, but the short kick only left the Cardinals 27 yards away from the end zone.

Ratzlaff, Wills and Anchondo combined to push the ball inside the Seiling 10 yard line, but the Wildcat defense stiffened, and a penalty forced the Cardinals into a fourth-and-15 at the Wildcat 17 yard line.

Ratzlaff dropped back for a passs and lofted the ball deep down the right sideline. Bresson Edelon jockeyed with a Seiling defender for position, and it was Edelon who leaped high in the air and came downs with the touchdown reception.

The Cardinals added the two-point conversion to enact the mercy rule, 46-0.

“Our kids were obviously ready to play,” Turpin coach Justin Hannah said. “They knew what was at stake, and knew they had to play well.”

The early surge in the second half ended the game early.

“Our guys were intense, and we told them don't take your foot off the throttle,” Hannah said. “Going into the postseason, you’ve got to play hard for four quarters.”

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