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Originally posted October 22, 2012
Silmon fuels Union rout of Bartlesville, 49-14
BY JOHN D. FERGUSON Tulsa World Correspondent
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
No. 3 Union used the running of Justin Silmon and an opportunistic defense to thwart Bartlesville 49-14 in a District 6A-1 game at Union Tuttle Stadium before 2,000 fans Thursday night.
Silmon led the way with 231 yards rushing on 20 carries. Silmon also had touchdown runs of 1 and 20 yards.
The Redskins, 6-2 overall and 4-1 in district, amassed 649 yards total offense. Bartlesville (5-3, 2-3) lost four fumbles. Union had two fumbles lost and one pass intercepted.
Bartlesville running back Calan Crowder nearly joined Silmon in the 200-yard rushing club with 197 yards on 18 carries. Crowder warmed up the wind-blown crowd early with a 68-yard TD run up the middle to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
But Union scored the next 35 points to put the game away.
"We did a good job, but not a great job," Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. "Bartlesville is a good team. We played great at times, but not as consistent as we should be."
Silmon was shocked when told of his yardage.
"I didn't know," Silmon said. "We played with pretty good intensity. I just had a good feeling going in."
Five Union players scored in the first half.
Silmon crashed in from the 1 for the first TD. Following Crowder's 68-yard TD run for Bartlesville, Union quarterback Hunter Atyia raced 7 yards and Hunter Butler's second extra point kick of the quarter made it 14-7.
UNION 49, BARTLESVILLE 14