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October 5, 2013

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“We felt pretty good going into it after watching film, but you still have to go out there and play the game,” Savanna coach James Bond said.

“Our kids ran the ball well. We still have to work on some little things.”

Those little things include Savanna’s special teams unit, which took a huge step forward this week. Burke converted seven of eight extra-point attempts and added a 35-yard field goal in the fourth to make it 58-0.

“We’ve been working that pretty hard,” Bond said of Burke’s success.

“It’s just getting out there and practicing. Really getting out there and focusing. Something that we haven’t done is really lining up the defense and coming at you, and we worked on that all week.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, will look to next week’s game at Warner as a chance to end their losing streak. Ford said positives he saw included Lyndon Armstrong chasing a Savanna runner 60 yards and tackling him to save a touchdown.

Gore 32, Canadian 26:

Down a touchdown late in the game, the Cougars put together a 67-yard drive that ended with a rather unusual touchdown pass. At the Gore 45, Caleb Jarrett completed a 15-yard pass to Chance Tanner, Tanner lateraled to running back Matt Hill and Hill took it the remaining 30 yards for the touchdown.

Jarrett rushed his way to a two-point conversion to tie the game, but Gore drove 50 yards and scored with 11 seconds left to grab the win at Canadian.

“It was an excellent games,” Canadian statistician Corey Koedyker said. “Both teams played well. Stat-wise, both teams were about even.”

Jarrett rushed 25 yards for a touchdown in the first, then returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to give Canadian a 12-6 lead after one quarter. He added a 1-one yard touchdown run in the third to tie the game 18-18.

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