BROKEN ARROW — Moore kept searching for avenues for offensive success on Friday night. But around every corner was a dead end.
The Lions were limited to 61 yards of total offense in a season-ending 49-0 setback against Class 6AI No. 1 Broken Arrow at Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
The loss closes the Lions' season out at 5-6.
“Broken Arrow is really physical, but I thought our kids played really hard,” Moore coach Brad Hill said. “I know the score doesn’t look that way, but I thought we played well defensively.”
The Lions limited Broken Arrow (11-0) to only seven first-quarter points -- courtesy of a 5-yard touchdown run by Noah Cortes. But a different story developed once the second period started.
The Tigers started to grind away at Moore up front, and eventually running lanes opened up wide for Cortes.
Cortes found the end zone on a touchdown run to make 14-0, and then he scored on back-to-back 29-yard touchdown scampers before halftime.
It didn’t stop there.
Cortes scored on TD runs of 57 and 17 yards in the third quarter, and the Tigers were rolling at that point.
“Cortes runs angry, and Broken Arrow just keeping hammering away at you,” Hill said. “They try to wear you down.”
Forced to play catch-up, Moore’s attempts to generate any kind of offense failed. The Lions were unsuccessful in finding any kind of yardage with quarterback Daniel Hishaw completing only two of 11 passes for 19 yards.
The Lions were led on the ground by Alex Baxter, who finished with 16 yards on one carry.
“We turned the ball over a couple of times in the first half,” said Hill, whose team lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions. “Our offense didn’t help our defense out much. They shut us down pretty good.”
The Tigers’ final score was on Tate Robards’ 9-yard touchdown pass to Matt Kaiser with 10:59 left in the game.
Broken Arrow advances to the Class 6AI semifinals to play Owasso next week