For more than two and one-half quarters Thursday Oklahoma Bible Academy and Hennessey played on even terms at Commitment Field.

For the other quarter and 4 minutes, it was all Hennessey as the Eagles, ranked third in Class A by The Associated Press, won the battle of District A-1 unbeatens 19-0 over the Trojans, who came into the game ranked No. 6.

As good as highly touted Hennessey quarterback Matt Luetjen was, the Eagles defense was even better.

Luetjen ended up with 105 yards rushing and one touchdown, giving him nearly 700 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground this season. He also threw for two scores, upping his season total to 11 TD passes.

The story of the game, though, was the Hennessey defense, which shut out an OBA offense that had averaged 26.3 points a game in the first six games. The Trojans managed just 67 total yards for the game.

Hennessey was able to do something no one else has done — shut down OBA running back Harrison Jackson. The Trojans’ star running back, who had 875 yards rushing in the first six games, managed only 25 yards on 20 carries against Hennessey.

As a team, OBA could generate only 24 yards rushing on 29 carries. The Trojans previous low rushing output was 116 yards last week in their 7-3 win over Okeene.

In spite of the lopsided statistics, though, the two teams were scoreless until there was 4:15 left in the third quarter.

Luetjen scored on a 1-yard run to break the deadlock and cap a five-play, 60-yard drive. The big play was Luetjen’s 53 yard run to the OBA 7 on a second-and-10 play.

Early in the fourth period, the Eagles struck again. After a good return on a short OBA punt, the Eagles needed just one play to score from the OBA 27. Luetjen hit Jesus Talamantes for a touchdown, and the Eagles went up 12-0.

The Trojans then mounted their only sustained drive of the second half on their next possession. They moved from their own 34 to the Hennessey 30, but were stymied when Ben Aguirre made a leaping interception of a Chris Kuykendall pass at the Hennessey 14. The highlight of the drive was a nifty underhanded pass from Kuykendall to Robert MacDonald that turned into a 23-yard gain.

The Eagles then salted the game away and earned maximum tie-breaker points when they drove 86 yards in 10 plays. Luetjen capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Talamantes.

OBA’s defense held the potent Eagle offense in check for a large part of the game, before wearing down late. Hennessey averaged 40.3 points per game in the first six games. The Eagles had just 88 total yards in the first half before busting out for 197 yards in the second half.

Hennessey, 7-0 overall and 6-0 in district, will face another tough opponent next week in Okeene. The Whippets are 6-1 and 5-1 after beating Mooreland 42-6 Thursday. The Trojans

(5-1, 6-1) will look to bounce back next week when they travel to winless Hooker, which lost 44-0 to Pioneer.

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