Of those 60 yards, 27 came via borderline-at-best penalties. And on McAlester’s ensuing drive, Smith rushed 13 yards and picked up another 15 on a personal foul, then Wood hit Cade Harkins in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown pass that made it 51-7 and ended the night for most of McAlester’s starters.
Harkins had twice attempted diving, one-handed catches during the first half but came up empty both times. After catching his third-quarter pass a few yards outside the end zone, Harkins threw off a potential tackler and ran in.
“I just had to use my body to get in his way and catch the ball,” Harkins said of his touchdown. “It was nice, because after the two, I was pretty frustrated with myself for not pulling those one-handers in.”
Jennings led the Bears with 106 rushing yards. Noble ran the ball 46 times in 68 total plays.
“Mentally, we didn’t adjust once we made mistakes,” Noble coach Steve Barrett said.
“I have to give my hat off to McAlester. That’s a very, very good football team. Like I told the kids, I truly believe we will not see a better team than what we saw tonight.”
With the win, McAlester improved to 1-0 in district play, 3-1 overall. Noble fell to 0-1 district, 2-2 overall.
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