McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

November 9, 2013

Region Roundup: Three local schools make playoffs

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

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.

Savanna 21, Central Sallisaw 14:

Having lost a chance at a district title, Savanna coach James Bond said he didn’t want his team to have a mental letdown against a Central Sallisaw team one game ahead of Savanna in the district standings.

With a chance at a home game for the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs played solid defense and controlled the pace of the game on offense to beat the Tigers.

“They bounced back and that’s a good win for the Bulldogs, the kids, the coaches, the community,” Bond said.

“It was a good little battle between both teams.”

Savanna struck first Friday, scoring on the first drive of the game on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Seth Burke to Hunter Needham. Though Central Sallisaw tied the game in the second, Tanner Dugger blocked a 53-yard field goal attempt in the third and Burke returned it 47 yards for a touchdown that made it 14-7 Bulldogs.

Chase Woods added a 5-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth. Central Sallisaw made it a one-possession game with 46 seconds left in the fourth, but the Tigers couldn’t complete an onside kick, then the Bulldogs knelt to end the game.

“They just knew what was on the line and they took care of business,” Bond said.

Savanna will face Wewoka, a “fast, athletic and physical” team, according to Bond, at Savanna in the first round of the playoffs Friday. Savanna finished the regular season 8-2 overall, 6-1 in the district.

Quinton 43, Haileyville 7:

The Savages rushed for five touchdowns, getting scores from Kirby Needham, Peyton Knell and Jake Lemons. The win put the Savages into the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Quinton finished the regular season 5-4 overall, 3-4 in the district.

“We ran the ball really well,” Quinton coach Jeremy Reeder said. “They set their defense to take away the pass; they didn’t leave very many in the box, and we were able to get some big chunks running the ball.

“Once we finally settled in and got our heads right, we really started playing well.”

Quinton will head to Wynnewood, the District A-5 champion, on Friday for the first round of the playoffs. To beat the second-ranked team in Class A, Reeder said, “We’re going to have play the best game we have all year.”

Though Haileyville’s defensive strategy left the Warriors vulnerable to the run, Haileyville coach Dennis Ford said it succeeded at stalling the passing game.

“We only had one interception in nine games and we had two last night,” Ford said.

Matt Brunner ran in a 42-yard touchdown run for the Warriors. Haileyville would’ve scored a second touchdown on a trick play on the final play of the season had the referees not ruled it an illegal procedure.

With so many underclassmen playing for the Warriors this year, the 2014 Warriors might finally end Haileyville’s 24-game losing streak once the team returns to 8-man football.

Friday’s game meant the end for Haileyville seniors Briley Cozad, Brian Gibson and Shadoe Harshaw. Ford said called all three seniors “great young men.”

Chouteau-Mazie 28, Canadian 0:

Canadian quarterback Caleb Jarrett went 4-for-10 for 24 passing yards and rushed for 43 more, according to team statistician Corey Koedyker, but the Cougars committed several penalties on the Wildcats’ first drive of the game, allowing Chouteau-Mazie to go up 7-0 and never look back.

Jarrett also threw an interception that Isaac Carter returned for a touchdown, according to the Pryor Daily Times.

Canadian finished its second year of 11-man football 1-9 overall, 1-6 in the district. The Cougars will return to 8-man next year, which should make it easier for a squad that struggled with numbers all season long.

Friday’s home game marked the end of high school football for Canadian seniors Jarrett, Matt Hill, David Gaylor, Destine Hayes, Ryan Leal and Jacob Jester

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