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September 26, 2013

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HAILEYVILLE —

“They came out hungry last night, and they played well at times,” Hartshorne coach Bill Williams said.

“That was our first district game, so it was good to get it under our belt”

Four weeks into the season, the Miners continue to get great production out of their running game. LaMarcus Morris, Dallas Herring, Dylan Pingleton and Tyler Lindley all rushed for touchdowns.

“They can both do different things, and they both have a different set of skills,” Williams said of Morris and Herring, the Miners’ primary running backs. “Dallas, he’s a little quicker, more of a tailback type. Morris is more of a run-you-over type.”

Pingleton also threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Troy Ray. Williams said linebacker Nathan Herring and defensive tackle Cody Ward led the Miners defense.

Panama 67, Wilburton 28:

Wilburton hung with Panama for one quarter, getting two touchdown runs from quarterback Cade Fite to keep the game tied 14-14.

After the first, however, it was all Panama, as three touchdowns unanswered touchdowns made it 35-14 Panama at halftime.

“The first quarter, we played as good as we’ve played all year,” Diggers coach Frank Marsaln said. “But after that, we reverted.”

Cody Arnold provided the Diggers’ biggest defensive play, returning an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter. He also had a pick-six last week against Savanna.

“He’ll go the football when it’s in the air, without a doubt,” Marsaln said of Arnold.

The Diggers play a high-speed offense, which in turn leads to more possessions for opponents. And if the defense can’t consistently get stops, as the Diggers can’t, that leads to bigger losses.

Talihina 58, Quinton 7:

Brad Davis returned a punt 55 yards late in the first quarter, but Quinton just couldn’t hang with what Quinton coach Jeremy Reeder called the “bigger, faster, stronger” Talihina Golden Tigers.

“They jumped out pretty quick,” Reeder said. “Before we knew it, it was 21-0.

“We didn’t play very well. We got some kids hurt early, and it just seemed like that first quarter everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”

Reeder said the Savages fumbled away their first two offensive possessions, which led to the Golden Tigers jumping out early.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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