McALESTER — Hartshorne 76, Wilburton 12:
When the two teams faced each other Friday, the inexperienced Wilburton Diggers just had no answers to the veteran Hartshorne Miners’ onslaught.
“It was over at halftime,” Hartshorne coach Bill Williams said.
“We just take it seriously because it’s a rival game, but it wasn’t much of a rival game.”
Hartshorne scored 11 touchdowns against Wilburton. Dylan Pingleton threw two touchdown passes, including one to Troy Ray; Ray returned an interception for a touchdown, and running backs Dallas Herring and LaMarcus Morris both contributed to the team’s eight rushing touchdowns.
“It just boils down to tackling,” Wilburton coach Frank Marsaln said.
“Every adjective that comes with tackling that you have to have, we don’t have right now, and that’s what we’re working on every day”
Wilburton’s final game of an 0-10 season featured a touchdown pass from Cade Fite to Jonathan Fite and a touchdown run by Cade set up by a long pass to Jonathan. Cade played his final game as a Digger, while Jonathan is a sophomore who could be a major contributor next season.
“He’s made plays in every game,” Marsaln said of Jonathan Fite.
While Wilburton’s season has ended, Hartshorne’s continues Friday at home against Stroud at Butler-Jennings field in the first round of the playoffs.
“They have fun together and they’re healthy,” Williams said of his team. “It’s been a bit of a roller coaster with our season. We could be 10-0, we could be 9-1, but we like where we’re at and we’re grateful to be home in the first round.”
Williams added, “Stroud’s very classy team. They play hard just like we do. They have a lot of tradition. It’s pretty much a mirror matchup.”
Hartshorne finished 8-2 overall, 6-1 in the district.