GARDEN PLAIN — Opportunities like this are sparse for Thomas Bugner, so the Garden Plain quarterback sprinted the length of the field to make the most of his 71-yard touchdown strike to Blake Withrow.
After sprinting 80 yards to reach Withrow in the end zone, he still had enough energy for a chest bump. It's not something that has become routine this season.
"No, not really," said Bugner. "We only average six passes a game."
But why throw when you can run? Garden Plain's latest example came Friday night in a 47-7 victory over Wichita Trinity to stay unbeaten after six games.
The Owls handed off to eight runners to total 382 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Garden Plain took off more than 28 minutes of the clock with 29 first downs.
"The linemen blocked real good tonight and it opened up holes for us," said Daniel Youngers, who scored three touchdowns and had 83 rushing yards. "We were just reading our blocks and getting as many yards as we could."
Trinity (4-2) had chances to stay competitive early. Trinity's first two drives of the second quarter entered Garden Plain territory, but ended with an interception and a lost fumble.
"We knew we were going to have to play flawless," Trinity coach Mike Kriwiel said. "We haven't been able to do that this season yet and I don't know if we can. But I thought we played hard.."
Running back Morgan Burns tried to break runs to the outside, but was bottled up by the Owls' defensive speed. The junior finished with 114 yards, mostly coming on a 64-yard touchdown run, but 11 of his 17 carries were stopped before three yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, Garden Plain scored three touchdowns in the second and third quarter to break the game open. The Owls ran primarily from a three-back set, using misdirection to finish with 13 runs over 10 yards.
"We were just running the same play over and over," said Seth Klausmeyer, who led the team with 144 yards. "They just weren't figuring it out. We'd just go from one side to the other."
Five runners finished with more than 30 yards.
"It's always a competition," Youngers said. "But you also want to block as hard as you can for the other players, so they can do good, too. You just go hard every play."
Wichita Trinity (4-2) 0 0 7 0 — 7 Garden Plain (6-0) 0 21 20 6 — 47
GP—Youngers 3 run (Bugner kick)
GP—Youngers 3 run (kick missed)
GP—Youngers 6 run (Youngers run)
GP—Thimmesch 1 run (Bugner kick)
GP—Withrow 76 pass from Bugner (Bugner kick)
T—Burns 64 run (Brewer kick)
GP—Pauly 4 run (kick missed)
GP—Thimmesch 7 run (kick missed)
Running—Trinity, Burns 17-114, Kriwiel 4-56, Kessinger 6-10, Kennedy 1-5; Garden Plain, Klausmeyer 16-144, Youngers 14-83, Thimmesch 6-42, Pauly 7-39, Capul 6-34, Kerschen 3-14, Bugner 4-13, Withrow 1-13.
Passing—Trinity, Kriwiel 4-13-16-1, Brewer 0-1-0-0; Garden Plain, Bugner 5-11-101-0.
Receiving—Trinity, Kennedy 2-14, Kempin 2-2; Garden Plain, Withrow 2-87, Klausmeyer 3-14.