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October 5, 2013

Region Roundup: Miners shut out second consecutive team

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McALESTER —

Jarett  finished 12-for-27 for 167 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and three interceptions, while also rushing 13 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Canadian will face an even tougher district opponent this week, when it hosts the 4-1 Savanna Bulldogs on Friday.

Regent Prep 44, Wilburton 20:

The Diggers kept the game close throughout much of Friday’s home game, but Wilburton just couldn’t get that one touchdown to tie it or take a lead.

“It seemed like every time we’d get something good, something bad would happen to us,” Diggers coach Frank Marsaln said.

One play characteristic of Wilburton’s fortunes came at Regent’s 1-yard line. Down 14-7, a Wilburton defensive back dove in front of a receiver to intercept the ball in the end zone, but the play was called back on a pass-interference penalty.

Instead of a 14-14 tie, Regent drove 99 yards and scored to make it 21-7. Marsaln said film would later show clearly that no contact between the players had taken place.

“We actually played a lot better,” Marsaln said.

“We played with a lot more energy, and we did a lot better things last night. We were within a touchdown or two the entire game.”

Wilburton got two touchdown passes from Cade Fite to his brother Jonathan, both from about 20 yards outside the end zone. Levi Easley also added a 2-yard touchdown run.

“This week was the best week of practice, the best week of energy levels, the best week of attitude,” Marsaln said.

“As far as attitude, it turned completely to the positive this week.”

Now that the team seems to be in the right place mentally, Marsaln said the next challenge is to improve its execution on the field. Though the Diggers have now lost five in a row, they seem to be back on track.

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