“They’re a good ballclub, and they’re really good at home,” Haileyville coach Dennis Ford said.
“We were just out of position a lot of times. They ran the ball well. They had a big fullback that was strong.”
Ford said Central Sallisaw brought a level physicality at the line of scrimmage that took Haileyville’s linemen out of their game. Thursday’s game was Haileyville’s third in a row on the road.
The Warriors return home Friday to face undefeated Talihina.
“We’re playing this stretch right here where we’re probably playing some of the best teams,” Ford said.
“These teams’ second- and third- stringers are just as good, and sometimes better, than what we’re putting on the field.”
The Talihina Golden Tigers have the highest-scoring offense in their district, while the Warriors have the worst defense in points allowed. If Haileyville can get through Friday’s game without losing hope, they’ll wrap up their season with two games against teams with sub-.500 district records.
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