The Hector Wildcats overcame a sluggish start as they defeated the Mountainburg Dragons 42-16 on Friday.
"Mountainburg does a good job with their single-wing offense, they play disciplined and do a good job controlling the ball," Hector head coach Scott Poteete said.
Ball control was key to the win, Poteete said, which is why he relied heavily on his defense to keep the ball in the Wildcats' hands as much as possible.
"We did a better job of flying around to the football," he said. "The key was getting those defensive stops and giving our offense the opportunity to run the football. That's how we'll win games."
The single-wing, a run-heavy offense that relies on both physicality and trickery can be difficult to defend. Poteete said his team practiced without a football during the week to focus on making proper reads, regardless where it looks like the football is going.
"We worked on reading our keys and doing our best to simulate the single-wing in practice," he said. "But they came out and shocked us a little. They came out and threw it more times than I've seen them throw it all season. They came out throwing the ball and had a good game plan early, but we adjusted well."
Ty Day ran for 207 yards on 21 carries, while Gunner Garrison had well over 100 yards. Poteete said Blake George played "extremely well" on the defensive side of the ball.
Hector improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the 2A-4 Conference.
Hector travels to Johnson County Westside on Friday.