Rejoice Christian continued to leave another District A-6 foe in the dust on Friday night.
The No. 3-ranked Eagles forced five turnovers and scored five touchdowns in the first quarter alone as they thumped Ketchum, 68-0, at home. With the win, Rejoice Christian (6-0, 3-0) has outscored its first three district foes by a combined score of 164-19.
Reece Hamar accounted for three touchdowns. Riley Walker, Dillon Hair, Andrew Crow and Grady James were responsible for two scores each.
Walker found Hamar for a 2-yard touchdown on the opening drive. After Rejoice pinned Ketchum (1-5, 0-3) deep in its own territory and forced a three-and-out. The Eagles blocked the ensuing punt and defensive end Logan Barnes caught the ball out of the air in the endzone for a 14-0 lead.
“That was neat because it was Logan’s first touchdown,” said Rejoice Christian coach Brent Marley. “It’s funny because he was telling us this week that he was going to score a touchdown this week.”
Rejoice forced five turnovers in the game. One of those takeaways was Hair’s 31-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Walker and Crow added identical 21-yard scoring runs as the Eagle lead ballooned to 34-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles led 48-0 at halftime then added two more touchdowns in the third quarter after Hamar replaced Walker at quarterback. Hamar threw a pair of scores, a 7-yard strike to Hayden Biel and a 49-yard toss to James.
“We put in a lot of our 2s after halftime and they didn’t let up,” Marley said. “They kept dominating.”
Defensively, Rejoice was just as dominant as it held Ketchum to just 38 yards of offense on 57 snaps.
“I thought we did a really good job of stopping the run,” Marley said.
Rejoice returns to action next week when it travels to Quapaw for another district tilt. Quapaw (3-3, 1-2) fell to Oklahoma Union, 14-7, on Thursday.