With one long pass play after another, the message became clear: There will be no letdown for Aquinas.
Irish quarterback Liam Welch threw short passes to dangerous Daniel Lindsey and hit open receivers downfield when needed as No. 3 Aquinas stayed undefeated with a 43-14 win over Wilkinson County on Friday night.
The Irish (7-0, 4-0 Region 7-A) were coming off a 42-14 win against Lincoln County, their first win over the Red Devils since 1972.
Lindsay had eight catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns against the Warriors (3-4, 3-1).
“Coach always tells me, ‘You just got to make the first guy miss and you’re off to the races,’ ” Lindsey said.
The Irish scored the first 23 points and forced the use of a running clock in the fourth quarter.
In the first half, Lindsey had two touchdown receptions of 36 and 53 yards.
Ruben Garnett, coming off a 300-yard performance against Lincoln County, opened the scoring with a 54-yard touchdown reception.
Welch passed for 290 yards.
But the Irish were most efficient in a flash of two defensive plays early in the second quarter.
First, Nash Bennett picked off a Warriors pass and returned it 35 yards to the end zone with 10:43 remaining until halftime.
On Wilkinson County’s next offensive play, William Evans recovered a fumble. Welch then found Lindsey on the ensuing play for a touchdown.
In a 20-second span, Aquinas put up 13 points.
The Irish didn’t slow down much in the second half, as Garnett picked up a short touchdown run and kicker Justin Thompson drilled two field goals, including a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter.
“Everybody expected a hangover, but we answered really well,” Aquinas coach James Leonard said.