(Brent Shipman, Staff)
All that came before the first quarter ended on Friday as Charleston's Robert Bogan and Rontavious Clark totaled 366 yards of offense in a 66-0 rout over East Prairie.
That marked the Bluejays' 66th win over the Eagles in school history.
"The way they were blitzing it's a little bit harder for our scheme to pick up the blitz," Charleston head coach Brett Blackman said of the running game. "So we decided to just turn it into a track meet."
Bogan, who came into the contest with 755 yards rushing, added another 67 yards to his total the first time he touched the ball as he ran up the left sideline for a touchdown on the Bluejays' opening drive.
A 16-yard run from Clark capped the next drive as Charleston went in for touchdowns on all four, first quarter possessions while holding East Prairie without a first down.
Helping fuel the fire, Charleston's defense came up with a pick on the Eagles' next series allowing Clark to come back and score from 52 yards out on the first play of the drive, putting his team up 20-0.
By coming back and forcing East Prairie to turn the ball over on downs in the next series, the Bluejays were able to go up 28-0 when Bogan found the end zone one more time in the quarter in a 47-yard run.
"There was a few blocking errors I wasn't pleased with and we'll get those fixed as we go along," Blackman said. "We missed a few of their blitzes early on in the game, but Robert and Rontavious both ran hard.
"I thought our other backs that got in there and had a chance to run the ball ran hard too."
While the run game still did the heavy lifting, quarterback Mike Hull got in on the action in the second frame when he connected with Bogan for his third and final touchdown on a one-yard pass.
Following a safety on a blocked punt, Hull put his team up 46-0 when he found Sumner Foster wide open up the middle for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 2:25 before the break, followed by a successful two-point conversion.
"You get confident down there and I thought Mike settled in there," Blackman said of Hull. "That's why we let him step in the pocket in our spread set and throw the ball to Sumner down the field.
"Mike doesn't lead the area in passing, but he's pretty accurate at times and had a pretty good completion percentage."
Just when it looked like the Bluejays were content going into the locker room with a 46-point advantage, Clark broke off a 41-yard run near midfield with under a minute to play as Charleston tried to run out the clock. Deiontrail Winston went five yards on the next play to make it 52-0 with 19 seconds before the break.
With the game already in hand, Clark capped his performance with a 20-yard carry for his third score of the game at the 2:37 mark in the third quarter and a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown by Mike Kellum made up the final.
Sitting out the second half, Bogan finished the night with 172 yards on eight carries for a 21.5 per-carry average. His counterpart, Clark, finished with 197 yards on 12 carries for a 16.0 average.
The win moves the Bluejays to 6-2, eclipsing last year year's five-win mark and was the Bluejay's biggest win over East Prairie since 1973 when they posted a 70-0 shutout.
"We've been really trying to get our defensive line in check this week and get them off the football and go on movement," Blackman said of his defense that held East Prairie to negative yardage. "If our defensive line is playing better and making plays it's actually going to make our linebackers better with some of things we're trying to do with them.
"I think they played probably their best game all year."
Guiding the Eagles' effort, Blayn Goodding went for 40 yards on 17 carries while Damion Tipler caught two passes for 33 yards.
"Right now we're battling some talent issues and some youth issues," East Prairie head coach Chad Jamerson said. "But the kids played hard and I'm very proud of them. There is no quit in our kids and we don't lay down for anybody, we don't quit for anybody."
C -- Robert Bogan 67 run (Robert Bogan run good), 9:10
C -- Rontavious Clark 16 run (pass failed), 7:20
C -- Rontavious Clark 52 run (run failed), 5:46
C -- Robert Bogan 47 run (Deiontrail Winston run good), 3:19
C -- Robert Bogan 1 pass from Mike Hull (Rontavious Clark pass from Mike Hull good), 9:32
C -- Safety, 3:16
C -- Sumner Foster 39 pass from Mike Hull (Rontavious Clark run good), 2:25
C -- Deiontrail Winston 5 run (run failed), 0:19
C -- Rontavious Clark 20 run (Rontavious Clark run good), 2:37
C -- Mike Kellum 46 interception return (run failed), 6:44
RUSHING -- East Prairie, Cody Smith 3-3, Mack Marcum 2-(-17), Blayn Goodding 17-40, Marcus Lewis 10-(-60). Charleston, Rontavious Clark 12-193, Deiontrail Winston 3-8, Robert Bogan 8-172, Mike Hull 4-4, Demontrail Clark 5-33, Darrion Henderson 2-2, Mike Kellum 4-(-8), Demetric Owens 2-7.
PASSING -- East Prairie, Mack Marcum 0-2-1 0, Marcus Lewis 2-10-1 33. Charleston, Mike Hull 2-3-0, 40.
RECEIVING -- East Prairie, Damion Tipler 2-33. Charleston, Robert Bogan 1-1, Sumner Foster 1-39.