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October 17th, 2019

turpinbeaverTurpin's Justin Hammock (22) fights through a tackler for extra yardage Thursday night against Beaver. Hammock finished with 8 carries for 58 yards in the Cardinals 54-20 win over the Dusters. L&T photo/Jason EppBy JASON EPP

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BEAVER, Okla.—The Turpin-Beaver gridiron rivalry was renewed after a five-year hiatus, but with a new twist this year. For the first time ever, the two met in the eight-man version of the game with Turpin picking up their first win of the season, 54-20 over the Dusters. The win marked the Cardinals first victory over Beaver since 2004.

“Our kids played really well tonight,” Cardinal Head Coach Justin Hanna said. “We’ve started fast all season, but it’s nice to see us put four quarters together. Proud of the effort and execution. Defensively, we ran to the ball well, really pursued, and had great technique.”

Turpin dominated from the outset, scoring on all six first-half drives. The Cardinal starters racked up 320 yards on just 27 play for an average just shy of 12 yards per snap.

Quarterback Riley Ratzlaff did most of the damage for the Cardinal offense, rushing for 201 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ratzlaff was also two for two passing for 55 yards and TD.

At the start of the contest, the Turpin defense held, then went 55 yards in seven plays to take an 8-0 lead. On the Cardinals second possession they faced a fourth and one. Turpin drew an offsides penalty to convert, then Ratzlaff scored two plays later on a 74-yard scamper and Turpin led 16-0 with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.

Beaver then struck with their only big play of the game, a 70-yard TD pass to make it 16-6. It only took Turpin three plays to hit paydirt again to make it 24-6 in favor of the Cardinals at the end of the first quarter.

Turpin dominated both sides of the ball in the second quarter and took advantage of a pair of forced fumbles, scoring on drives of 43 and 39. Ratzlaff capped off his big half with a 44-yard toss to Bressen Edelen to make the score 46-6 with 1:37 left on the final play the Turpin starting offense would be on the field.

Turpin reserves held their own against Beaver in the second half, with Duster starters scoring two touchdowns. Turpin countered with a 26-yard TD run from freshman quarterback Aaron Resendiz.

Beyond Ratzlaff, it was Isaac Hammock with 58 yards on 8 carries, and Resendiz with 67 yards and a TD on 9 carries. Edelen led the team with 8 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Turpin (1-4) has already faced teams ranked third, fourth and seventh, and will now start district play traveling to take on the defending state champions and top-ranked Shattuck Indians, Friday night.

“Hopefully we can use this to build some momentum especially going to Shattuck,” Hanna said. “Good confidence builder. We’ve gotten better each week and our kids can see that.”

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