Pratt, Mason Bumphus and Michael Mines also recorded interceptions. Mines' pick came in the second half, when McAlester rested most of its starters and regularly substituted in JV players.
“I was really pleased that we were able to come out without any major injuries,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said.
“We got up big and played well early, and I was pleased with the way they played.”
Coach Pratt said he’d entered Friday’s game hoping to get some reps for the team’s reserved and less-used players. Twelve different Buffs, including second-string quarterback Nick Porter and running back Kyler Thompson, recorded runs or catches for positive yardage.
Beasley’s 16-yard touchdown run finally put Hale on the board with 5:19 left in the third, and Palmer added a 17-yard touchdown pass to KeJuan Clark in the fourth. A player whose effort never dwindled even as the score quickly got out of hand, Beasley finished with 83 yards, 50 of which came against McAlester’s JV in the second half.
“He’s a tough kid,” Hale coach Tony Peters said of Beasley.
“Early on, defensively, we played pretty well. And then all of a sudden, we went back to our old habits of not wrapping up, not finishing plays.”
With the win, McAlester improved to 5-1 overall, 3-0 in the district. Hale fell to 0-6.
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