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October 18, 2013

Region Roundup: Bulldogs finally knock off Pirates

McALESTER — Savanna 56, Gore 6:

Savanna has struggled against the Gore Pirates in the past.

This time, it was no struggle at all. Savanna led 12-0 after the first quarter, 34-0 after the second and 56-0 after the third.

“We’ve been focused every year, I believe,” Savanna coach James Bond said.

“We were just physically stronger and faster. It’s as simple as that.”

A strong Savanna secondary routinely gave the Bulldogs’ offense shorter fields. Tyler Laurent recorded three interceptions, Jimmy Sparks recorded two and Hunter Needham recorded one.

“The kids did a real good job on keeping their coverages, staying with them,” Bond said

“Our field was messy. It was messy, which probably contributed a lot to them throwing the ball away.”

Christian Preston rushed for three touchdowns and threw a 20-yard pass to Corey Vaughn. Vaughn added touchdown runs of 1 and 60 yards in the third quarter.

Hunter Needham and Chase Woods also rushed for touchdowns. Gore didn’t score until the final minute of the game.

Savanna next faces Quinton on Friday, but the Bulldogs will close out their season at Talihina on Nov. 1 and at home against Central Sallisaw on Nov. 8.

As those are the top two teams in the district, Bond said Savanna will have a great chance to build momentum heading into the playoffs.

Hartshorne 55, Pocola 29:

Pocola kept it close for a half, according to the Poteau Daily News, but the Miners outscored the Indians 27-15 in the second half, giving the Miners their fourth district win and a 6-1 overall record.

The Miners host Gore on Friday in a non-conference game. As the game won’t affect district standings, it gives Hartshorne a chance to rest heading into a Nov. 1 trip to Gore.

Vian is currently 7-0, having allowed just 47 points all season. As Hartshorne’s already beaten third- and fourth-ranked Panama and Hugo, a win against Vian almost guarantees a district title and two playoff games at Butler-Jennings Field.

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