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Saturday, 14 October 2017 08:22

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Turpin quarterback Isaiah Villalobos (20) cuts up the field past several Laverne defenders Friday night at Cardinal Field. Courtesy photo

By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

TURPIN, Okla.—The Turpin Cardinals faced one of the toughest back-to-back starts to district play facing top-ranked Shattuck last week, then taking on defending state champion and current No.3 Laverne. Turpin fell behind early and was never able to catch the Tigers, who have now won 22 games in a row. Turpin fell 56-20. 

"When you lose by that margin, you have to try to find something positive," Turpin coach Justin Hanna. "I was really proud of our effort. We had a lot of young players on the field.  I also felt like our execution was better than last week."  

Laverne took advantage of Turpin miscues early and quickly built a lead with touchdowns on each of their first four drives to take a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Turpin threatened on their third drive of the game when Isaiah Villalobos hooked up with receiver Bresson Edelen for a 48-yard game to the Laverne 20. A ten-yard run by Villalobos on the next play gave the Cardinals a first and goal at the 10. But the Cardinals were only able to gain one yard on four plays to turn the ball over on downs. 

Turpin again moved deep into Tiger territory on their next possession with a halfback pass from Brady Palmer to Edelen for 24 yards to set Turpin up deep in Laverne territory. Turpin faced a fourth and four, but Villalobos was sacked for loss, coming away with no points for the second time inside the Laverne 10. 

Turpin finally got on the scoreboard on the final play of the first half when VIllalobos scored from three yards out, but Turpin trailed at that point 42-6. 

Turpin added their second score when Logan Loomis muscled into the end zone from 2 yards out, to cap a 12-play drive. Laverne led 48-12 at the end of the third.  

Freshman quarterback Riley Ratzlaff broke loose in the fourth quarter to score the Cardinals finals TD with a 40-yard scamper. Preston Archer ran in the conversion to make the final score 56-20. 

Turpin (3-4, 0-2) will face a critical matchup with Seiling Friday night with major playoff implications 

"We told our kids after the game, put this one behind us because we're 0-0 heading into this week," Hanna said. "The two goals we have of having a winning season and a playoff birth. They're both on the table. We have to go earn it." 

 

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