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October 19, 2009
by: DUANE DAPRON Tulsa World Correspondent
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
After each missed action a week ago due to injuries, wide receiver Thomas Roberson and quarterback Chase Boyce wasted little time making their return known to the Union lineup.
Roberson raced 72 yards for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball and Boyce tossed a 66-yard scoring pass to cap a 35-point first quarter as the No. 2 Redskins rolled to a 52-7 victory against Choctaw on Thursday night at Union-Tuttle Stadium.
Besides keeping Union (6-1, 4-0) in the No. 1 spot in the District 6A-4 standings, the win was the Redskins' 82nd straight in district action.
Roberson (knee) and Boyce (ankle) spent last week rehabilitating injuries and did not play in Union's 33-10 win against Yukon.
But the duo helped spark the Redskins to touchdowns on their first six possessions of the game.
"Our offense had a slow start last week, so tonight we wanted to come out and make a statement," said Roberson, who also hauled in a 36-yard pass from Boyce in the first quarter. "We had a goal of scoring 35 points in the first half."
But the Redskins needed less than half that time to reach that goal.
Union took just 37 seconds to register the game's first points. Jalen Hearron capped a 53-yard, four-play drive with a 5-yard run off the right side for a 7-0 Redskin lead.
On Union's next offensive possession, Roberson took a handoff from Boyce on an end around to the right side. He then cut back to his left and sped 72 yards for his team's second TD in less than three minutes.
After an interception by James Roberson gave Union the ball at the Choctaw 13, Colton Dost plowed in from 2 yards out for a 21-0 advantage with 8:25 left in the first.
Jarred Davis added a 13-yard scoring run three minutes later, and Boyce finished the first-quarter flurry when Hearron snared a screen pass and maneuvered his way 66 yards for a TD and a 35-0 Redskin advantage with 2:35 to play in the first period.
"We challenged our offensive line this past week to show improvement and they came out and played well," Union coach Kirk Fridrich said.
UNION 52, CHOCTAW 7
Choctaw 0 0 0 7 — 7
Union 35 10 7 0 — 52
U: Hearron 5 run (Way kick)
U: T. Roberson 72 run (Way kick)
U: Dost 2 run (Way kick)
U: Davis 13 run (Way kick)
U: Hearron 66 pass from Boyce (Way kick)
U: Dost 6 run (Way kick)
U: Way 55 FG
U: Miller 13 pass from Pettrey (Votruba kick)
C: Beadle 33 run (McMurtrey kick)