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Originally posted October 8, 2012
BY KELLY HINES Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
Kirk Fridrich couldn't have asked for much more from his Union Redskins on Friday night.
En route to a 63-7 victory against Enid at Tuttle Stadium, Class 6A's fourth-ranked team racked up 433 rushing yards, snagged four interceptions and never turned the ball over.
"Top to bottom, good performance," Fridrich said. "Even when our substitutions took place, I felt like those guys came in and executed well."
Union (4-2, 2-1 District 6A-1) dominated from the start, needing only four plays to force a turnover and score a touchdown. Marquise Fletcher's interception set up a 15-yard run by Justin Silmon for the early 7-0 lead.
"Our defense hadn't played with much energy in a while and we talked about it all week, about celebrating and playing positive," Fridrich said. "Obviously when you get something early like that, the defense plays with a lot of energy and a lot of hunger for the ball.
"Getting those turnovers and playing that swarming style of defense is a lot of fun to watch."
Enid quarterback Chance Pryor was intercepted twice more in the first half, including again by Fletcher.
"It pretty much set the tempo," Fletcher said. "We had great preparation in practice this week and we came out ready to do it."
While the defense held the opponent to 30 first-half yards, the offense was rolling behind running backs Silmon and Terrel Buchanan, who combined for five of Union's six touchdowns before halftime.
"The common denominator is the offensive line," Fridrich said. "Those guys did an outstanding job up front.
"Every time we ran the football, it looked like we were moving the line of scrimmage 5 or 6 yards, so it would be pretty easy to run behind that."
After leading 42-0 at the break, most of the Redskins' offensive starters were on the field for two TD drives in the second half. From that point on, the reserves held their own.
"Some of those seniors or some of those guys who have worked hard all week to prepare us, maybe on scout team or as a role player, they're getting to play in front to their student body," Fridrich said. "It's a lot of fun for them."
Enid's Seth Handley, one of the top backs in 6A, compiled 8 rushing yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 54 yards. Pryor finished with nine completions for 88 yards and four interceptions.
Union won its 17th straight game against Enid.
UNION 63, ENID 7