At this rate, Veritas Christian’s football team will outscore its basketball team.
The rampaging Eagles steamrolled Kansas City East Christian, 76-8, in their home opener Friday night and are now averaging — get this — 81.0 points a game.
But there is a cautionary note.
“We haven’t been tested,” Veritas coach Doug Bennett said. “Our schedule will get a lot tougher.”
After outlasting Flint Hills Christian, 86-48, in their opener last week, the Eagles probably would have scored over 100 points against the K.C. school if both coaches hadn’t agreed to a running clock in the second half.
Veritas led, 62-8, at halftime, added two more scores in the third quarter, then Bennett used various tactics — such as repeated intentional-delay penalties — to hold down the score in the final stanza.
“I thought when we scheduled them,” Bennett said, “they would be a lot tougher, but they lost a lot of seniors and had some injuries.”
Meanwhile, Veritas had too many offensive weapons. The Eagles spread the wealth among the Randall brothers — senior Hogan and sophomore Preston — and the Scott twins — Ethan and Nate, both juniors.
Eight of Veritas’ 10 touchdowns were on runs. The other two were via a 44-yard interception scamper by Preston Randall and a 32-yard run with a fumble by Nick Bennett.
Those eight rushing scores were divided equally among Preston Randall, Hogan Randall, Ethan Scott and Nate Scott with two apiece.
Ethan Scott scored, in fact, the only two times he carried the ball. And Preston Randall carried just three times in posting his two TDs.
“We have some nice shifty backs,” Bennett said, “but our blocking technique has been good, and it has to be because we’re not very big up front.”
Most noticeable from the first game was the improvement in defense. The Eagles surrendered 40 fewer points than they did last Friday in Manhattan.
“We moved some guys around there,” Bennett said, “and I think we’re making strides.”
Hogan Randall made several big hits while playing linebacker, yet conceded he felt bad about the lopsided score.
“They were short on guys,” Randall said of the Lions, a team composed of home-schooled players. “You never like to see a score like that.”
Randall might not mind such a wide margin next Friday, however, when the Eagles will play host to Seabury Academy in the first meeting between the city’s two eight-man teams.
“I think Seabury will be our first test,” Randall said. “They got us in basketball (last year), so I think if we can win that game we’ll go from there.”
For his part, Bennett knows the pitfalls of easy wins over outmanned opponents.
“I think our guys are getting some confidence,” the Veritas coach said. “Hopefully, it’s not overconfidence.”