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September 21, 2013

Region Roundup: Bulldogs overwhelm Diggers

McALESTER — Savanna 52, Wilburton 18:

Savanna got top running backs Hunter Needham and Christian Preston back Friday night, and Wilburton paid the price. Needham scored a 37-yard rushing touchdown two minutes into the game, then Preston added two more rushing touchdowns to make it 20-0 with 5:31 left in the first.

“They came out on fire and running on all cylinders,” Savanna coach James Bond said. “Those kids know how to play the game.”

Seth Burke, Ryan Weeks and Corey Vaughn added second-quarter rushing touchdowns, pushing the lead to 46-0 and ending any need for Savanna’s starters to play the second half. Wilburton’s Levi Easley returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown with 39 seconds left in the first half, but Wilburton dug itself far too big hole to have a chance.

“I have 26 freshmen and sophomores out of 37 kids,” Wilburton coach Frank Marsaln said.

“That gap of playing experience shows up quick in games.”

The Diggers had more success against Savanna’s reserves, with Cade Fite rushing for a touchdown early in the third and Cody Arnold returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth. But Savanna running back Andrew Sparks scored a 15-yard touchdown with time expiring to finish a dominant performance by the Bulldogs.

“We still move the ball, but we just have no consistency,” Marsaln said.

“It’s a Clint Eastwood movie every week: The good, the bad and the ugly.”

Savanna heads to Coalgate for the start of district games Friday. Wilburton hosts Panama.

Quinton 29, Pocola 20:

The Savages improved to 2-0 this season, beating 2A school Pocola at home Friday. Quinton starts district play at Talihina on Friday.

Quinton coach Jeremy Reeder couldn’t be reached for comment.

Hartford, Ark. 24, Haileyville 19:

The Warriors had the Hartford Hustlers beat. Haileyville had Hartford in a fourth-and-25 situation deep in Hustler territory, and coach Dennis Ford warned Haileyville not to commit a penalty on fourth down.

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