Oskaloosa Oskaloosa took a beating Friday night.
The Bears left the field bruised and battered, losing two quarterbacks in a 40-6 high school football loss to Wathena at Oskaloosa's field.
The victory was the first of the season for Wathena. The Bears dropped to 1-3.
"We have a good defense," Wathena coach Don Deaton said. "But our offense struggles. We are trying to build our team."
Build they did. Prior to Friday's game, the Wildcats had scored only eight points. Wathena scored early against the Bears and continued to score consistently throughout the first half.
HALFWAY THROUGH the first quarter, Wathena ran the quarterback in motion and running back Wendell Snodgrass took the snap. Snodgrass then ran five yards up the middle for the game's first score.
The Bears followed suit, scoring on their next possession after a facemask penalty moved Oskie to the 13-yard line on a first down. Aric Craven ran the ball in for the score on the next play, tying it at 6. Oskie lost its chance to take the lead when Brian White's kick was blocked.
That was when Wathena took off. The Wildcats scored on their next three possessions, hiking the score to 26-6 by halftime.
With just two minutes remaining in the first half, things went from bad to worse for the Bears.
Quarterback Brian Bassett and running back Craven collided on a defensive play, sending Bassett to the hospital.
Bassett suffered a neck injury, that, though it was not believed to be serious. He was examined at a hospital in Topeka, Bears' coach Eddie Tomanek said.
OSKALOOSA seemed to be adjusting well to backup quarterback John Malone when he too was taken from the field.
On second down-and-10 from the Oskaloosa 16, Malone was hit hard on a quarterback sneak around the outside.
He was helped off the field, leaving the Bears with only freshman Vinnie Southiere to fill the vacancy.
"Johnny's an intelligent kid," Tomanek said. "He's a good player. For the short time he played, he was probably the better quarterback tonight."
Tomanek said he was not pleased with the Bears' play.
"(Wathena) just wanted it a little more than we did. We have got to go back to basics," he said. "We need to find what Oskaloosa does best and do it. These guys aren't quitters. They wanted to make the score respectable. They've got a lot of heart and guts. They just come up with the short end of the stick."
W Wendell Snodgrass 5 run (pass fail)
O Aric Craven 13 run (kick blocked)
W Snodgrass 4 run (Brandan Sigrist run)
W Nate Juhl 5 pass from Pete Studer (run fail)
W Snodgrass 17 run (run fail)
W Sigrist kickoff return (run fail)
W Hartman 10 run (Brian McCoy pass from Studer)