Veritas Christian showed no mercy to Wichita Word of Life on Friday.
Fortunately for the Wichita school, the referees did.
Seven minutes into the second half, the 45-point mercy rule was put in effect after Veritas scored its eighth touchdown in a 54-6 football victory.
"We really controlled the line of scrimmage," Veritas football coach Doug Bennett said. "Whether we were going up the middle or going to the outside, we were controlling the whole interior line, and the fullback was doing a good job blocking. Everybody was doing well."
The Eagles' running game just couldn't be stopped by the Fire as they rushed for nearly 10.5 yards per carry and gained 291 yards on 28 attempts.
Jeremiah Johnson, celebrating his 17th birthday, racked up the most yardage for Veritas with 105 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns from 20-plus-yards out.
"We just came out right off the bat playing hard, and the blocking was there all night," said Johnson, who also had an interception on defense.
Johnson also had a 57-yard touchdown catch from Michael Kay called back due to a block-in-the-back penalty.
That pass was Veritas' only aerial attempt from scrimmage - though it did throw three times on two-point conversion attempts, with Johnson completing the only successful try.
"It kind of got to a point where I didn't want to put it in the air because early on we were having such success (running) that there just wasn't any sense to throw it in the air and give them a chance to pick one off and make a big play," Bennett said.
The Eagles offense was so dominant they scored on eight of their nine drives - with halftime preventing the perfect night - and their longest drive consisted of only six plays.
Veritas exposed Wichita's defense just three plays into the game when Kay pitched the ball to Hogan Randall five yards downfield. Randall broke back inside against the grain and found a clear lane for a 36-yard touchdown.
"It was a great decision by Mike and was a real pretty play," Bennett said. "It's fun to see that option executed that far down the field."
Veritas' defense did have some struggles making tackles in the early going, but Veritas still was still able to limit Word of Life to 132 yards of offense and came up with two fumble recoveries - including one by Ethan Scott that set up the Eagles' final touchdown by Isaiah Dover.
"We did a lot better job this week of not letting a team that's not quite as strong as us get some momentum," Bennett said. "If you give them a little bit of hope and they're going to grab hold of it, and you're going to have a tiger by the tail."
Veritas will play its final home game Friday when it faces St. Mary's Academy, a team the Eagles never have beaten since becoming a varsity program.