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November 2, 2013

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McALESTER —

Though a disappointing finish, Williams said he was proud of his team’s effort and the fans’ support on the road. The Miners have already clinched second place in the district, so they’ll face Stroud at home at Butler-Jennings Field in the first round of the playoffs.

“That’s absolutely not our Super Bowl,” Williams said of the Vian game. “Our goal is to play for a state championship and play deep in the playoffs.”

Hartshorne wraps up its season at home Friday against Wilburton.

Talihina 43, Savanna 6:

Savanna had a good week of practice heading into Friday’s game. Coach James Bond said Talihina didn’t do anything new or unexpected.

That didn’t stop the Golden Tigers from pounding the Bulldogs and winning District A-6.

“We just got our butts handed to us,” Bond said. “They were a lot better than we were. They were better up front, all the way around.”

Bond said the Golden Tigers led 22-0 after the first quarter. Savanna’s only touchdown came midway through the fourth on a 10-yard run by Ryan Weeks, and that score came against Talihina’s second string.

“We were just outmanned,” Bond said. “They were more physical, stronger.”

Though the game cost Savanna a shot to repeat as district champion, the Bulldogs can still play their first playoff game at home with a win next week against Central Sallisaw, a team Bond said plays much the same way Talihina plays.

Bond said, “What we can’t let these guys do is beat us twice.”

Hugo 76, Wilburton 28:

Cade Fite’s 2-yard touchdown run capped what Wilburton coach Frank Marsaln called “probably one of our best drives all year,” cutting Hugo’s lead to 7-6 in the first quarter of Friday’s game.

After that, the game quickly got out of hand.

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