For the second straight game, Enid’s ground attack was shut down. The Plainsmen managed only 13 yards rushing against Union, following a 24-yard rushing performance the week before in Enid’s 24-7 loss to Tulsa Washington.
Leading rusher Seth Handley was held to 8 yards on seven carries Friday night.
Enid quarterback Chance Pryor had a tough outing as well, throwing a season-high four interceptions after throwing only six picks through Enid’s first five games. The turnovers helped give Union a short field to work with.
“It’s hard to overcome turnovers against a good team,” Chard said. “You, at least, like to make them earn their stuff they get. You give them a short field, then you’re asking for trouble and we gave them a short field a few times.”
The average starting position for Union was from its own 44-yard line, while Enid’s average starting position was from its own 26.
Union also dominated time of possession, holding on to the ball for 38:23 to Enid’s 9:37.
There was a bright spot for Enid Friday night as junior Sam Clemens recorded his first career touchdown reception, hauling in an 8-yard pass from Pryor to break up Union’s shutout bid late in the third quarter to make the score 56-7.
Junior wide receiver Aaron Beagle, Enid’s leader with three touchdown receptions this season, missed Friday’s game after breaking his hand during one-on-one drills Wednesday at practice. Beagle is expected to have a pin placed in the hand this week. His status will be determined further, but there is some hope he may be able to suit up on defense against Ponca City on Friday.
Also missing from the lineup for the second straight week was tight end Steven Hocker, who continues to sit out with a personal medical condition. The latest word is he may be given the green light by doctors on Monday.