Senior quarterback Chase Chamberlain threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Stratford rode a dominating defensive effort to a 40-0 road shutout of Quinton Friday in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Stratford (9-2) held Quinton (8-3) to just 131 total yards on 50 plays and forced three turnovers. The Bulldogs, meanwile, churned out 225 yards on the ground and averaged more than eight yards on each of their 34 snaps in the game.
“The offense played well, and the defense really came out and swarmed,” Stratford coach Michael Blackburn said. “We knew we had to get to the quarterback, and I thought we did a really good job on him. We came out and we were pretty physical, which was what we needed to do.”
With the victory, Stratford advanced to a second-round contest at unbeaten and fifth-ranked Afton, which crushed Barnsdall, 55-0, Friday night.
Chamberlain’s 27-yard run capped a short opening drive for the Bulldogs set up by a short Quinton punt, and Devaunte Barber’s PAT made it 7-0 with 9:29 still left in the opening quarter. The Bulldogs then took advantage of mistakes by the Savages to extend the lead to 21-0 before the period ended.
Stratford recovered a fumble at the Quinton 35, and two plays later tailback John Sinnett scored on a 28-yard run to make it 13-0 at the 7:21 mark. On the ensuing possession, Nick Cosby forced a fumble, and Dakota Miller picked up the loose ball and returned it 12 yards for the third Bulldog touchdown of the period with 5:26 left. Chamberlain’s run for the conversion put the Bulldogs up 21-0.
Regand Ardery’s eight-yard run with 8:55 left in the half capped a long scoring drive and pushed the lead to 27-0. Late in the period, Quinton missed on a fourth-and-2 near midfield, and one snap later Chamberlain found Tyler Gaines on a 47-yard touchdown pass just 58 seconds before intermission to make it 33-0 at the break.
Cosby’s three-yard run with 2:30 left in the third quarter finished off another long drive and closed out the scoring.
Ardery finished with 67 yards on 17 carries, Sinnett added 65 yards on eight carries, and Chamberlain had 63 yards on seven trips to pace the Stratford rushing attack.
Gaines and Cody Watts had nine tackles, Cosby had eight stops and, like Watts, recorded a sack, and Tyler Scoles added an interception for the Bulldogs.