LITTLE AXE —
Two touchdowns each from Braden Stringer and Blake Owen saw Blanchard past Little Axe 40-3 in their opening 3A District 1 game.
On top of that, the Lions defense only gave up a second-quarter field goal as the defending state champions moved to 4-0 on the season. Owen and Stringer ran around the Indians (2-2) all night, racking up 103 yards and 219 yards on the ground, respectively. Quarterback Owen also completed six of eight passes for 76 yards.
The Lions began the one-sided affair with a touchdown just over two minutes in. After leading the team down the field, Owen completed the drive with a 36-yard run into the end zone. Their second touchdown of the opening frame came late on when Stringer broke off a 75-yard run to take the score to 14-0.
As the teams approached the half-way point in the second quarter, things really began to get out of hand. Braden Bush capitalized on a short field to run 45 yards on a punt return for Blanchard's third touchdown of the game. Little Axe managed to put together a decent drive that ended with Blayne Lankford's 26-yard field goal.
Blanchard answered one las time ahead of halftime. Another drive down field, this time into the Little Axe red zone, ended with a short Owen touchdown run to make the score 26-3 at the break.
Things slowed down in the second half, but not for Stringer. He opened the third quarter for Blanchard with a 28-yard touchdown run not with not even a minute gone. At around the same time in the fourth quarter, Stringer capped a drive with a nine yard touchdown run, taking his total for the season to 10.
DJ Williams was active on the Blanchard defense with 15 total tackles and four of those solo. Jalan Daniels and Brandon Montano each recorded eleven tackles, Logan Wright caught the only interception for the Lions, and Andrew Harrison had the lone sack of the night.