Fayetteville torched the Owasso defense a year ago in Arkansas. The Purple Dogs racked up 45 points and nearly 600 yards of offense as they ended the Rams school-record win streak.
On Friday night, Owasso exacted a bit of revenge in its home opener.
The No. 2-ranked team in Class 6AI picked off three passes, two of which they returned for a score, as they rolled to a dominating 51-19 victory in front of more than 8,000 fans at Owasso Stadium.
Isaiah Jacobs ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns. Cole Dugger completed 13-of-19 passes for 220 yards and three scores. Dugger also had a long run that set up another Ram touchdown as Owasso improved to 2-0 on the season with their second consecutive win over an Arkansas squad.
Owasso will take on No. 1 Broken Arrow on the road next week in its final non-district game.
Owasso scored three times in a four-plus minute span in the second quarter, including both interception returns for scores, to take a 27-9 halftime lead.
"Anytime you can score on defense, it's almost like a 14-point swing," Blankenship said. "(Last season) we were playing a bunch of guys that were young and now they're veterans."
Jacobs, whose 42-yard run set up his own 15-yard touchdown catch from Dugger in the first quarter, gave the Rams a 13-7 lead on 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter. Jacobs score was set up by a 77-yard scamper from Dugger down to the Fayetteville 3.
The Purple Dogs next drive ended when Owasso cornerback Omarr Barker stepped in front of a Hank Gibbs pass and returned it 37 yards for a score. Two series later, safety Gage Laney picked off a ball and ran 70 yards for a 27-6 Owasso lead with 2:16 left in the half.
“Those were game changers for us,” Dugger said of the defense’s interception returns.
Laney finished with two interceptions on the game.
Owasso’s combination of pressure up front and man coverage on the Fayetteville receivers enabled the Ram defense to disrupt the Purple Dog attack.
Fayetteville finished with 315 yards of total offense.
“We really took (last year’s game) to heart,” said senior cornerback Duece Mayberry. “We wanted to come out here and dominate.”
Fayetteville’s Huxley Richardson converted a 33-yard field goal with five seconds left in the second quarter.
Reserve quarterback Quinn McClain led Fayetteville in rushing with 62 yards, highlighted by a 32-yard TD run in the third quarter that pulled the Purple Dogs to within 27-16. Owasso quickly reestablished control as Dugger found Mario Kirby on a 54-yard scoring strike just 41 seconds later.
Kirby had two catches for 60 yards. Ronnie Thomas led all Owasso receivers with 76 yards and had a 3-yard TD run that capped the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Fayetteville (1-1) was the costly turnovers and penalties. The Purple Dogs were flagged 15 times for 140 yards.
Connor Flannigan, who led all of Arkansas in receiving yards a year ago, paced Fayetteville with 11 catches for 129 yards.