MAXWELL — Several big plays in the second quarter allowed Arapahoe to overcome a large time-of-possession deficit on its way to a 42-18 win over Maxwell on Friday.
Leading 8-6 with 5:24 remaining in the second quarter Arapahoe quarterback Caden Weverka found Brennan Koller on a swing pass that went for 41 yards. Three plays later Weverka ran it in as Arapahoe took a 14-8 lead.
Then, with just 16 seconds remaining in the half, Weverka found Brett Gardner for a 19-yard touchdown play to cap a 68-yard, one-minute drive to take a 20-6 halftime lead.
"We kind of figured them out, what they were doing on defense," Arapahoe coach Dustin Sealey said.
Maxwell controlled the ball for most of the first half, running 38 plays to Arapahoe’s 20, but big plays did Maxwell in on defense.
"Up front, our offensive line did a great job," Maxwell coach Ryan Jones said. "I’m really proud of the way we played. Arapahoe has some pretty good athletes on that side. They are able to make those 30- or 50-yard plays and we have to go 3 or 4 yards at a time. Up front, we were trying to get those tough yards."
Maxwell’s lone score in the first half was a 28-yard touchdown pass from Taylor McKeeman to Bryson Keller.
Arapahoe scored less than three minutes into the second half on a 16-yard touchdown run by Weverka — one of his three touchdown runs on the night — to make it 28-6. He also started the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Weverka finished the game with 187 yards on 17 carries, though Sealey said the original game plan wasn’t necessarily to make Weverka the workhorse.
"Not exactly [the gameplan], but we always like him to have the ball, of course," he said. "We really wanted to work outside. We knew they were going to be coming up the middle and they like to pile people into the box. We like to spread people out and we liked our one-on-one match ups we had in the passing game, also."
Koller added 56 yards on the ground for Arapahoe and Kiley Jones had 65.
Wyatt Strickland totaled 109 yards on 17 carries but battled injuries throughout the game, finishing the game on the bench, as did McKeeman, who suffered a game-ending injury at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
"We were banged up throughout the game. We were playing tons of freshman and sophomores out there," Jones said. "Those guys competed hard. Now, they made some young mistakes like young kids are going to. Overall, we played a lot of young guys with injuries, and they hung right in there against a really good team."
The play after McKeeman went down, Garett Schledewitz punched it in for Maxwell, pulling the Wildcats to within two scores at 28-12. Filling in for Strickland, Ethan Lunkwitz ran for 130 yards on 28 carries.
Arapahoe moves to 2-0 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 0-2 with another tough test ahead of them next week.
"Elm Creek is a quality team, a Top 10 team and a wonderful program. We’ve just got to keep getting better," Jones said. "We’ve got to keep improving and we’ll get somebody. Eventually, the wins will happen."
Arapahoe ................................. 8 12 8 14 — 42
Maxwell .................................... 0 6 0 12 — 18
A — Caden Weverka 70-yard run (Anthony Shimmin 2-pt run good), 3:16
M — Taylor McKeeman 28-yard pass to Bryson Keller (2-pt try no good), 5:44
A — Weverka 1-yard run (2-pt try no good), 4:03
A — Weverka 19-yard pass to Brett Gardner (2-pt try no good), :16
A — Weverka 3-yard run (2-pt try good), 9:52
M — Garett Schledewitz 3-yard run (2-pt try no good), 11:31
A — Koller 13-yard run (2-pt try no good), 9:37
M — Ethan Lunkwitz 6-yard run (2-pt try no good), 4:24
A — Kiley Jones 15-yard run (Koller 2-pt try good), 2:02