McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

November 5, 2013

Midweek Update: Football regular season ends Friday

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Canadian:

Canadian’s football season ends Friday at home against Chouteau-Mazie, a Class 2A team. The Cougars, a Class A team, are 1-7 overall and finished district play with a 1-5 record.


Crowder’s basketball season began Tuesday at home against Pittsburg. The Demons and Demonettes host Kiowa on Friday and Indianola on Nov. 15.


Haileyville’s football season ends Friday at Quinton. The Warriors are one loss away from their second winless season in a row, having now lost 23 straight games dating back to a Week 7 loss to Central Sallisaw during the 2011 season.

Basketball season for schools with football teams doesn’t begin until Nov. 21.


Hartshorne wraps up its football regular season at home against Wilburton on Friday. Though the Miners have already clinched a playoff spot,

Hartshorne is coming off a Week 9 loss to Vian that in all likelihood decided District 2A-6.


Indianola’s basketball season began with losses by both the boys’ and girls’ teams Friday at Leflore. The Warriorettes lost 34-31, then the Warriors lost 89-44.

Indianola continued its season Tuesday at Butner and next plays at home Friday against Schulter.


Kiowa’s basketball season began Tuesday at home against Stuart. Kiowa will play its next three games on the road, starting Friday at Crowder, then return home Nov. 15 to play Red Oak.


The Buffaloes wrap up their football regular season Friday at Tulsa Memorial. McAlester clinched its district by beating Skiatook in Week 9, but the Buffs committed six penalties for a combined 80 yards in that game, so they’ll be looking for a cleaner performance in Week 10.

Buffs head coach Bryan Pratt said Dalton Wood will play in Friday’s game. Wood left early in McAlester’s Week 5 game against Shawnee on Oct. 4 and has missed four games with an ankle injury.

Pratt said he intends to let Wood play much of Friday’s game. Wood’s return means backup quarterback Caden Pratt will return to playing inside receiver, and Coach Pratt said he wants both players to get lots of reps Friday to try to regain their timing on passing plays.

Before his injury, Wood doubled as one of the Buffs’ starting linebackers and Caden Pratt as one of the starting safeties. Coach Pratt said Wood won’t play defense Friday, but Caden Pratt will.

Caden Pratt hasn’t played nearly as much defense during the last four weeks as fellow safeties Allen Woodmore and Rhyln Stephens. Wood’s return should balance out the demands placed on all three defensive backs.


Pittsburg opened its basketball season with a sweep against Wilson-Henryetta, a Class B school, on Friday. The Lady Panthers won 71-25, then the Panthers won, 60-49.

Pittsburg, also a Class B school, didn’t fare as well against Class A opponent Mason on Saturday. The Lady Panthers lost 64-33, then the Panthers lost a close one, 52-48.

Pittsburg’s season continued Tuesday at Crowder, and it next plays Friday at Stuart before returning home to face Kiowa next Tuesday.


Quinton football plays at Haileyville on Friday for the final game of the regular season. A win by the Savages would mean the school’s first playoff berth since 2010.


Savanna’s football regular season ends Friday at home against Central Sallisaw. Central leads Savanna by one game in District A-6, so a Bulldogs win would clinch second place and a home playoff game.

The Bulldogs have already clinched a playoff spot, but they lost their chance at a second district title by losing to Talihina in Week 9.


Stuart swept its basketball season-opener Friday at Calvin. The Lady Hornets won, 61-32, then the Hornets won, 80-24.

Stuart played at Kiowa on Tuesday and hosts Pittsburg on Friday.


Wilburton’s football seasons ends Friday at Hartshorne. The Diggers are 0-9 this season and have lost 12 games in a row dating back to a Week 8 loss against Vian during the 2012 season.

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