The undefeated Adair Warriors carried their flawless record into the post season Friday at home with a trouncing defeat of Wyandotte, 46-16.
The convincing defeat was not unfamiliar.
The Warriors made little work of the Bears the second week of the regular season, 54-22.
And while Adair was able to put a mediocre Pawhuska into their rearview, dissolving bitter memories of a night the Warriors high hopes were cut short, there was a sense that Adair needed to make yet another important stride toward laying claim to a state title.
Adair needed to get out of the first round.
Pawhuska was .500 last year when they delivered the heart breaker.
Wyandotte was .500 this year, but hearts remained intact.
One of Pawhuska’s strengths last year was keeping the ball out of the Warriors hands via a short steady running game.
Under the Friday night lights at Gene Winfield stadium, the first quarter began with an eerily unfolding reminiscent of the game that was the demise of the 2011 Warriors.
The atmosphere was short lived, however.
It took Adair only three plays to reach the end zone. The home team’s offense looked like a well oil machine. Everyone played their part. Senior quarter back Brady Bradbury had to be accounted for by the Bear’s defense. So did senior running back Zak Woolman. Combine the duo’s raw talent with an offensive line that has grown into the foundation of this squads offensive success, and there weren’t enough playmakers to defend.
With 9:51 to play in the first, Woolman bolted from Brady’s handoff so fast that the Bears appeared in slow motion.
Wyandotte couldn’t have answered the quick score in anymore an opposite fashion.
In a 65-play drive, filled with short yardage and four first downs, The Bears marched down the field (at the pace of a bear just out of hibernation) in six and a half minutes.
Wyandotte senior running back Andrew Douthit capped the drive with a six yard TD run.
Douthit made good on the two-point conversion, and the visitors had their first lead of the night.
It was their last.
Bradbury grabbed 49 yards on the next possession, and Woolman’s patience behind a blue collar block from junior Hunter Rosebrough allowed the established back an easier route to the end zone.
Bradbury, who typically contributes sizeable to the run game, looked more energized than usual.
Within four plays, of which only two were designed for his legs, Bradbury broke free for 44 yards.
Woolman was automatic from two yards out, and sophomore tight end James Eastin (who played with attitude throughout the game) made his presence felt with solid block.
“The Bradbury drive,” an accurate description of what led up the 21-8 lead in the second, was fittingly capped off with Bradbury’s two-point conversion run.
Woolman continued to dance by, accelerate through and advance the lead for the rest of the game. He got another TD before the second half.
Senior wide receiver Daniel Gonzalez gave future opponent film watching eyes a legitimate reason not to sleep on Adair’s aerial ability.
Gonzalez (Gonzo) had a 61-yard touchdown reception to end the half.
And consistency reflects talent.
Gonzalez went for 55 yards early in the third.
The Bears were able to score again before making a playoff exit at the hands of the Warriors.
“Our concern tonight was their size in areas,” Lippe said. “But we have lot of speed. And our offensive line did well on the night, after a few adjustments.”
Adair will host another playoff opponent Nov. 16, at home.