HAILEYVILLE — Had the Haileyville Warriors managed a couple more defensive stops or not given away quite so many offensive possessions, they might've beaten the Canadian Cougars at home Thursday night. But in allowing the Cougars to score 32 unanswered points, the Warriors just made too many mistakes to give themselves a legitimate shot at a comeback.
Plus, the Cougars had quarterback Caleb Jarrett.
Jarrett threw for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth, leading the Cougars to 38-13 district win at Haileyville on Thursday.
“He’s always been our leader,” Canadian coach Mike Terney said of Jarrett.
“He’s going to give me 100 percent every game no matter what.”
Haileyville controlled the momentum early, stopping the Cougars' on their first two drives of the game. That second drive ended on an interception by John Morgan, and one play later Haileyville went up 7-0 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brian Gibson.
The Warriors held the Cougars scoreless through the first four minutes of the second quarter, but Haileyville then fumbled a punt inside the Warriors’ red zone. Chance Tanner recovered it for Canadian at the Haileyville 13-yard line, setting up Jarrett's first TD pass, which went to David Gaylor.
Matt Hill's two-point run put Canadian up 8-7. Haileyville couldn't convert a fourth-and-2 on its next possession, and Jarrett took the Cougars 71 yards, hitting Paul Childers in the end zone for a 16-yard pass and a 16-7 lead after Hill's second two-point conversion.
The Cougars stopped the Warriors on the last drive of the second half, Jacob Motley recovering a fumble at the Canadian 20 with 49 seconds left. At his own 44 with just 7.4 seconds left, Jarrett connected with Hill for a 56-yard touchdown pass as the half expired.
“They kept one safety back, so I’d send two slot (receivers) out,” Jarrett said. “I’d make them pick one, and I’d throw opposite.”