This was Canadian’s first game of the season, while Depew had already played two games. That Canadian hung with Depew should give Cougars fans some optimism heading into Thursday’s district-opener at Haileyville.
“They’re going to be contenders,” Koedyker said. “This was just to shake off the rust.”
Stigler 41, Hartshorne 27:
If the Miners had to lose a game, Friday’s was a good one to lose. The loss came against Stigler, a 3A school, and it came a week before district games begin.
“We got tested, and that’s why you schedule like that,” Miners coach Bill Williams said.
“You learn more in a loss than you ever do on a win. I think that was the best thing for us.”
Dylan Pingleton continued to shine as the Miners’ starting quarterback. He completed an approximately 30-yard touchdown pass to Troy Ray and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kolton Montgomery.
Dallas Herring and LaMarcus Morris added rushing touchdowns. The Miners penetrated inside the Stigler 5-yard line on three other drives but came up empty.
“We can score right along with them,” Williams said. “Our kids did some great things last night.”
Stigler led 21-6 at halftime, but Hartshorne cut the deficit to 7 in the third quarter. Stigler went back up 28-14 late in the third, but Hartshorne scored enough to keep it a one-possession through most of the second half.
The Miners just couldn’t get that one extra defensive stop they needed, however, and Stigler pushed the lead back to two touchdowns late in the fourth.
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