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October 26, 2013

Region Roundup: Miners and Bulldogs win

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But those four shutouts have come against the bottom four teams in District A-6. The Bulldogs will get a much tougher challenge this Friday when they face the undefeated Talihina Tigers.

“Big, physical and fast,” Bond said of Talihina. “It’s going to take a lot of pressure up front, play assignment football. We’re going to have to get pressure on the quarterback and stop the zone read. Stop them before they get started.”

Talihina 39, Haileyville 0:

In its last three district games, Haileyville’s defense had averaged 55 points allowed. In its last three district games, Talihina’s offense had averaged 52 points scored.

So after holding the undefeated Tigers to just 39 points Friday, the winless Warriors were feeling pretty good.

“Our kids were tackling better,” Haileyville coach Dennis Ford said. “They were in the right positions. At halftime, we were talking more positives than negatives.”

Ford said his defense came out more focused to start the game, allowing just three first-quarter touchdowns instead of the usual five or six. With the exception of one long pass, Ford said, the Tigers could only progress in 3- or 5-yard spurts towards the end zone.

“It’s something we can build on for next week, and the next two weeks, we’re closer to the competition,” Ford said.

“The kids had a good attitude after the game. ... Talihina, they are in a league with just a few teams.”

Offensively, Ford said the Warriors moved the ball and picked up some first downs, but could never reach the end zone because of the Tigers’ dominant secondary.

The Warriors play at Gore on Friday.

Vian 61, Wilburton 1:

Long before Friday’s game, the Wilburton Diggers knew they’d have a hard time beating undefeated Vian.

Though the Diggers, “actually played as well as we’ve played all year,” according to coach Frank Marsaln, the Wolverines still came away with a dominant victory.

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