By Cody Thorn
Special to The Globe
QUAPAW, Okla. - For a brief moment it looked as though Quapaw, with all the momentum on its side, would make a comeback against Hominy in the first round of the Oklahoma Class A playoffs.
The moment, though, was brief.
Penalties and mistakes plagued the host Wildcats the final quarter, as Hominy won 38-13. The Bucks, making their sixth consecutive playoff appearance, will face the Gore-Wewoka winner in the second round.
Quapaw (6-5) scored eight seconds into the fourth quarter, when Trenton Stand connected with Cody Murphy for a 25-yard touchdown strike.
Trailing 25-13, the Wildcats defense forced a four-and-out on the Bucks. Quapaw got the ball back at the Hominy 48-yard line, but a series of three penalties pushed the ball back all the way to the Quapaw 15.
Hominy's Jonathan Ballard fielded the punt and returned it to the 33. Then Quapaw's defense was flagged for an illegal block in the back. And from there, the Bucks ran away with the game.
Michael Johnson capped off the short drive with a 4-yard dive, his third touchdown of the night.
On the next play of the game, Jess Holt intercepted a Stand pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.
The Wildcats struck first in the game, as Stand scored on a 2-yard dive. Hominy answered with three consecutive scores, two by Johnson, to grab an 18-7 lead at halftime.
The Bucks scored first in the second half, as Chris Hull, the southpaw quarterback, connected with Daniel Christian for a 5-yard score, making it 25-7.
Hominy (8-3) stayed on the ground most of the night. Tailback Marcus High rushed for 103 yards, while Johnson had 85.
The story of the game perhaps was the penalties on Quapaw's side and the lack of penalties on the Bucks.
Quapaw ended the game with 15 penalties for 165 yards. Hominy was not flagged during the playoff opener.
"I'm not saying Hominy isn't a good team, because they are," said Quapaw coach James Dawson. "But when you have one team with 165 yards in penalties and zero on the other team, something is wrong. This is the first time in my life this has ever happened.
"I even asked during a timeout. We had every penalty in the game."
Said Hominy coach Vance Miller: "They had to make us mad before we got fired up tonight. There were several penalties in the game, you get some that there are more than others. Anytime you get a penalty we try to take advantage of it."
By Cody Thorn