McALESTER — Hartshorne 34, Panama 0:
No football team wants to peak at the beginning of the season. But whatever little mistakes Hartshorne coach Bill Williams might find in Friday’s game at Panama, the Miners still posted their second shutout in a row and third in five games.
“We ran the ball well, threw the ball well, played good defense,” Williams said Saturday. “You’ve always got things to fix, but nothing too negative to say.”
Dallas Herring rushed for two touchdowns for the Miners, including a 30-yard run in the first quarter that put Hartshorne up 7-0. Hartshorne led 14-0 at halftime, but by the end of the third had already subbed in its JV team.
Noah Irwin also recovered a fumble in the end zone. Hartshorne’s new “sic ‘em” defense, as Williams called it, seems to be working.
“We tripled our turnover ratio from last year,” Williams said.
“We’ve scored on defense three times this year.”
Hartshorne next plays 5-0 Hugo at home. With Vian playing a non-district game next week, Williams said whoever wins will take over first in the district and automatically clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Savanna 58, Haileyville 0:
The Savanna Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the first five minutes of Friday’s home game against the Haileyville Warriors.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 35-0 and the game had effectively ended.
“They’re a good ballclub, and they’re way out of our class,” Haileyville coach Dennis Ford said.
“We tried. We never gave up, and we were still trying to make plays at the end.”
Christian Preston and Hunter Needham accounted for all five of Savanna’s first-quarter touchdowns. Preston rushed for three on a combined 116 yards, while Needham rushed for two on a combined 21 yards.
Quarterback Seth Burke and running back Ryan Weeks each contributed a rushing touchdown in the second. Chase Woods returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the third.