McALESTER — Quinton 42, Canadian 14:
Quinton defensive coordinator Gavin Crocker said he wanted his team to avoid the slow stars that have plagued the Savages all season.
Several quick touchdowns and solid defense gave Quinton the fast start its coaches wanted.
“Out of five series in the first half, there were four three-and-outs,” Crocker said Saturday.
Crocker credited his defense’s success to “great communication” between the players. The Savages forced two turnovers, including an interception that defensive end Mike Sisco returned for a touchdown early in the second half.
Destine Hayes recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Caleb Jarrett threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Paul Childers for the Cougars’ two scores, according to team statistician Corey Koedyker.
“I think we played a little better in the second half,” Canadian coach Mike Terney said.
“It’s just been one of those rough years."
While Canadian’s season will end next week, Quinton could still make the playoffs with a Week 10 win at Haileyville.
Vian 22, Hartshorne 15:
Down 14-7 at halftime, the Hartshorne Miners forced a safety midway through the fourth, then Dylan Pingleton completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Kolton Montgomery to put the Miners up 15-14 with two minutes left.
Starting their last drive in Hartshorne territory, Vian converted a third-and-long on a screen pass and scored with 22 seconds left to win the district.
“Our kids outplayed them and we came up on the bad end of it,” Miners coach Bill Williams said.
“We, I believe, had 16 penalties in that game, and we weren’t going to be allowed to win that game.”
Williams said that those 16 penalties canceled at least one touchdown and made it very difficult for the Miners to get into an offensive rhythm.
Vian, he added, was only penalized twice.
“At the end of the day, we had the ball on the 1 (yard line) twice, can’t get in,” Williams said.