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Originally posted October 1, 2012
Hunter Atyia has career night as Union routs Stillwater
BY ERIC BAILEY Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
STILLWATER - Union didn't show any lingering effects from last week's rare district loss to Owasso.
The Redskins' offense - fueled by a career night from quarterback Hunter Atyia - raced away with a 58-24 victory at Stillwater on Friday night.
Union's players admitted they needed a game like this to help soothe ill feelings from last week's 38-35 home setback to the Rams.
Atyia stung Stillwater for a career-high 380 yards (26-of-33 passing, four touchdown passes) and added 45 on the ground. His 425 yards of total offense is believed to be among the best in school history.
"We're coming off of a loss and the offense felt like it had to come out and step it up," the senior said. "We knew we had to come out and score some points. We didn't leave anything on the field."
Atyia engineered an offense that had nine scoring drives in its first 10 possessions.
Redskins coach Kirk Fridrich believed it was the type of game that Atyia had been building toward.
"What we thought, in the preseason, is that he could do that in his senior year," Fridrich said. "You are starting to see the receivers and Hunter get on the same page, which helps the offense run efficiently."
Jeffery Mead (five catches, 130 yards) and Khalid Kornegay (eight catches, 121 yards) were the biggest targets. Mead had two touchdown receptions, and Kornegay and Carson Meier each had one.
The Redskins' offense racked up 571 yards. Justin Silmon ran for 98 yards and had two early touchdown runs to spark his team to a 38-17 halftime advantage. Terrel Buchanan added two more touchdown runs.
Senior defensive back Devon Davis had two momentum-changing plays in the first half. His first-quarter interception led to a Union touchdown. He also stripped a returner after a kickoff to set up a field goal in the second quarter.
"I think (those plays) got us going offensive- and defensive-wise," Davis said.
Stillwater (3-2) was led by Davyn Thompson. The senior running back had 206 total yards of offense (109 rushing, 97 receiving).
Fridrich said this was the type of game the Redskins needed.
"We needed any game that we could get 15 (district) points out of, that's for sure," the Union coach said. "We told the kids that we wanted to start fresh and get going on a six-game streak here that will at least give us an opportunity to host in the playoffs. You have to do it one week at a time. We went back and focused on what we could get done for Friday night."
Union 58, Stillwater 24