McALESTER — Hartshorne 20, Henryetta 0
Miners coach Bill Williams said he’s tried to instill a defensive mentality that’s “all about attacking, not thinking, and being super aggressive.”
The strategy worked, as Class 2A Hartshorne forced six turnovers Friday to post a a shutout on the road against Henryetta, a 3A school.
“They bought into it so much that we’re going to have to find a way to play more players, because it was such a high-paced game that our two-way players were all cramping and gassed,” Williams said Saturday.
“It definitely took a team effort. We played a lot of kids to keep them fresh.”
Though most of the turnovers came via fumbles forced in the backfield, LaMarcus Morris intercepted a Henryetta pass late in the fourth quarter. That led to a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dylan Pingleton that made it 20-0 with about three minutes left.
“We shifted gears, got out of what we’ve been doing for many years defensively,” Williams said.
“We caused turnovers last night, we were on them so fast.”
Morris also rushed 12 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Dallas Herring started the Miners’ scoring with a 29-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Sophomore Tyler Lindley and senior Dylan Pingleton had been battling for the starting quarterback job, and though Pingleton won it for at least the first game, Williams said the Miners’ ground game really fueled their offense.
Konawa 19, Savanna 18
Chase Wood rushed for two touchdowns and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Seth Burke. But that wasn’t enough to overcome several Bulldogs mental errors.
“We turned the ball over seven times,” Savanna coach James Bond said.
“We snapped the ball over our punter’s head twice inside the 40. Chase lost the ball three times and we threw an interception.”