FOOTBALL: White lights up Inola as Verdigris cruises to 40-point win

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Oct. 14—Oh, what a day it was for Dylan White.

The Verdigris quarterback accounted for nearly 70% of the Cardinals' 520 yards of offense and was also responsible for four touchdowns, leading the eighth-ranked team in Class 3A to a 46-6 victory over Rogers County rival Inola last Friday night.

White completed 15 of 20 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns while tallying 29 yards rushing and two scores on six carries as well.

However, he didn't truly take over until late in the first quarter.

With Verdigris (5-1, 2-1 District 3A-4) already leading 9-0 after a safety and a 6-yard scoring run from Caden Parnell, the junior managed a 16-yard touchdown scamper with 2:35 remaining in the opening frame.

It was all White from there, for he went on to throw touchdowns of 73 and 44 yards to Isiak Layton and Parnell, respectively, in the second quarter alone to help the Cardinals to a 39-6 halftime lead.

Mason Mittasch had a 2-yard touchdown run between those throws, and Rushton Williams closed the half with a 29-yard field goal.

Verdigris didn't add to its advantage in the third, but White fittingly capped the scoring with a 2-yard keeper with 9:19 remaining.

Dalton Person was White's favorite target, for the pair connected six times for 77 yards, but Layton led the team in overall receiving yardage with 82 on two receptions. Layton also registered one carry for 37 yards.

Elsewhere, Tyler Willis had a team-high 82 yards rushing on three carries. The Cardinals ran the ball only 20 times but averaged about 9.6 yards per carry.

Inola (3-3, 0-3) mustered only 184 yards and four first downs on 53 plays against the Verdigris defense, which recorded five sacks and 20 tackles for loss. The Longhorns' lone touchdown came on a 5-yard pass at the 11:44 mark of the second quarter.

The Cardinals will try to duplicate that defensive performance Thursday night when they welcome Central, which averages about 35.7 points per game. The Braves (4-2, 1-2) are coming off a 46-7 drubbing of Mannford.

Meanwhile, Inola will attempt to end its three-game losing streak in its Thursday-night home game against Mannford. The Pirates are 0-6 and haven't surrendered less than 34 points in a game, allowing about 43.7 ppg while scoring only 11.7 themselves.

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