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.