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turpin hs football runTurpin's Aaron Resendiz runs to open space after catching a short pass. Resendiz had a team-high 12 catches for 89 yards in a 54-20 loss to the top-ranked Shattuck Indians. L&T photos/Jason EppJASON EPP • Leader & Times 

 

SHATTUCK, Okla.—The Turpin Cardinals started District B-1 play with the monumental task of trying to upset the top-ranked Shattuck Indians. Turpin’s missed opportunities in the red zone and a 24-0 second quarter put those hopes to rest as the Cardinals suffered a 54-20 loss. 

Turpin started the game the way they wanted too, converting a pair of fourth downs on a 16-play drive that took 7:31 off the clock and had them inside the Shattuck 15. But a fourth down pass fell less than a yard short and the ball was turned over on downs at the Shattuck 11. Shattuck made the Cardinals pay just three plays later with an 80-yard run on 3rd and 1, then scored on the next play to take an 8-0 lead. 

Turpin’s next best opportunity came early in the second quarter when Kaden Moses recovered a Shattuck fumble at the Indian’s 39. Turpin moved the ball and had a first down just inside the 20-yard line, but could not convert the drive into points. Four plays later, Shattuck was on the board again, leading 16-0 with 6:38 left in the half. 

Shattuck then scored two touchdowns in a 1:15 spread. After a short punt gave them the ball at the Turpin 41, it took just four plays to score. An interception on Turpin’s first play turned into the second score to plays later, making the score 32-0 with 1:20 to play in the first half. 

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Turpin’s Aaron Resendiz made a spectacular one-handed catch to quickly move into Indian territory. Bryson Parker found Resendiz again to convert a 4th and 4 to keep the drive alive at the Shattuck 30. Parker hit Javier Talamantes for a first down at the Indians’ 14 in the final seconds, but the final two passes of the half fell incomplete. 

Shattuck received the second half kickoff and scored two plays later to make the score 40-0. Turpin was finally able to get on the board with their next possession. After a short kick gave the Cardinals the ball at the Shattuck 47, took 6 plays with Braden Ratzlaff scoring on a 5-yard inside run to make the score 40-6 with 9:21 left in the third. 

Turpin added a pair of touchdowns with backups for both teams finishing the game. Payton Harvey scored on a 3-yard plunge and Jhett Huffman scored on a 10–yard option play. 

“Shattuck is a really good football team,” Cardinals Head Coach Justin Hannah said. “We made enough mistakes and they were able to take advantage of them. They’re a very physical team and they wore us down. Once we started playing too high on defense, they took advantage of that too.” 

Turpin finished the game with 347 yards of total offense; 149 on 33 rushes and 198 yards on 41 pass plays. Turpin collected 18 first downs, was 1 of 3 on 2-point conversions, and was only penalized once for five yards. 

Turpin’s Bryson Parker finished 33 of 41 for 198 yards and an interception. Aaron Resendiz caught 12 passes for 89 yards and added 12 rushing yards. Kaden Moses caught 9 passes for 36 yards, Javier Talamantes caught 7 for 42 yards, Eduardo Aguilar caught 5 for 31. Jhett Hufffman rushed for 61 yards and a TD on 8 carries. Peyton Harvey ran 11 times for 49 yards and a TD. 

Turpin (3-3, 0-1) will look to bounce back when they host Canton, Thursday night in a critical district matchup to stay in the playoff hunt. 

“It’s one we have to have,” Hannah said. “If we want to keep our goal intact of making the playoffs, we’ve got to get that one.”

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