“I tip my hat to coach (Jerome) Tate,” Fayetteville head coach John Limbaugh said. “They’ve got a great ball club. They’ve got a lot of skill, a lot of speed and when it came down to it, the speed was a little too much for us. I think we were really shocked by their speed. We didn’t do a good job responding to it. Evidently, I didn’t do a good job of having this team ready.”
The win solidified Loachapoka’s hold at the top of the region, pushing them to a 5-0 region record and 6-1 overall record. The loss dropped Fayetteville to 3-2 in region play and 5-2 overall.
“To get a region win, to move us one step closer to the playoffs, to move us one step closer to the region championship is big,” Loachapoka head coach Jerome Tate said. “It’s big for the kids, all the hard work we’ve put in, it’s very big.”
While the Wolves received the opening kickoff, the Indians forced a three-and-out punt. The Indians got on the scoreboard on their second play from scrimmage, with a 49-yard option run to Juwan Turk. The 2-point conversion was no good to make it 6-0.
On the Wolves next possession, they fumbled the ball on the second play of the drive. The Indians took advantage of the turnover, scoring on a toss sweep to Ryheem Sistrunk from 4 yards out. The 2-point conversion failed, giving the Indians a 12-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Loachapoka found great success with their passing game with 34-yard strike from quarterback Courtland Cox to wide receiver Wakeem Huguley. Again, the 2-point conversion failed, making it 18-0.
On Loachapoka’s next offensive drive, Cox placed a pass perfectly into the hands of wide receiver Brandon Ferrell who ran 59 yards untouched for a touchdown. Turk made a successful run for the 2-point conversion to push Loachapoka’s lead to 26-0.
Fayetteville turned the ball over again and Loachapoka pounced on the mistake. Turk scored on a 5-yard run and the PAT was good to give Loachapoka a 33-0 lead.
On the next Indian drive, the passing game came up with more easy points. Cox found Huguley wide open and Huguley sprinted down the left sideline for a 50-yard touchdown. Huguley punched in the 2-point conversion to make it 41-0.
It didn’t take long for Loachapoka to score more points, as Victor Murry stripped the ball from Jonathan Harbin and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good to make it 48-0.
With such a lopsided score, the second half was relatively uneventful. Shermond Callaway displayed a burst of speed and found the end zone untouched on a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, before both times gave many of their backups playing time.
“I hope they make it to the playoffs and I hope they go far in the playoffs,” Tate said of Fayetteville. “Coach (Limbaugh) has done an outstanding job turning this program around. My hat is off to them.”
Cox had the game’s standout performance, finishing a perfect five-for-five on passing attempts for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
It marked the first time this season Fayetteville has failed to score points.
“We were just stagnant offensively,” Limbaugh said. “They had the linebackers coming and we weren’t doing a good job of picking that up. Again, I attribute that to being prepared and expecting that. That’s a good football team. We’ll learn from this. They’re all hurting. They’ve got to lick their wounds and look at that 55-0 score and come back ready to fight next Thursday.”