SAVANNA — Fans arriving at halftime Thursday night might’ve left Bulldog Stadium disappointed. They saw plenty of Savanna’s backups, but the starters just milled about on the near sideline.
Those starters, after all, had put the game away in the first 24 minutes.
Bulldogs quarterback Seth Burke connected with receiver Josh Holloway for three touchdown passes, and Holloway and Ryan Weeks each rushed for a touchdown as well, powering Savanna to a 38-14 win at home against Beggs JV.
Whatever momentum Beggs gained from a 16-yard touchdown pass that cut Savanna’s lead to 13-6 late in the first quarter, Savanna took it back on its next drive. Weeks began with a 42-yard drive to the Beggs 15, then Burke floated one towards the end zone’s right pylon on third-and-goal from the 18.
Holloway had to go into a dive, but he caught the floater to make it 20-6 Bulldogs with 44 seconds left in the first. Holloway added touchdown receptions from 3 and 23 yards out, and his 7-yard touchdown made it 32-6 Bulldogs with 5:40 left in the half.
“Z-Slant,” Holloway said of his diving play. “I run three steps inside, then take five steps back towards the corner.
“They were quite hesitant. They’re still physical, they’re still a good team, but I just pointed out their flaws and took it to my advantage.”
Facing a JV team, Bulldogs coach James Bond said he wanted his team to focus on passing. And though Bond said the execution still isn’t where it needs to be to win the district, the Bulldogs cut their turnovers from seven last week down to one.
“We threw the ball a little bit better tonight than we did against Konawa,” Bond said. “I did like that. Caught the ball better.”
Savanna fell to Konawa on Sept. 3, 19-18.
Savanna’s defense forced three turnovers in Friday’s game hosting Beggs, including a fumble on Beggs’ first play from scrimmage. Weeks recovered that fumble, then rushed 34 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game.
Hartshorne 42, Heavener 6
Another week, another class 3A football team dominated by the Hartshorne Miners. Combining an aggressive defense and a multifaceted offense, the Miners easily handled Heavener at home Friday.
“We play attack-style defense so it’s hard to get in rhythm against us,” Hartshorne coach Bill Williams said.
After the Miners’ defense held Heavener to a three-and-out to start the game, Williams said, the Miners orchestrated a 19-play drive that chewed up more than nine minutes of the first quarter and ended in a 3-yard touchdown run by LaMarcus Morris.
Morris added another rushing touchdown later in the game, and fellow running back Dallas Herring ran in two as well. Herring battled ankle issues all of last season, but this season he’s back to full health, according to his coach.
“Dallas played the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” Williams said. “He really ran well.”
Starting at quarterback for the second week, Dylan Pingleton completed touchdown passes to Tyler Lindley and Troy Ray. Heavener’s only touchdown didn’t come until Hartshorne was already leading 42-0 and had subbed in its second stringers.
Quinton 29, Wilburton 6
Though just a two-point game at halftime, Quinton and Wilburton went in opposite directions in the second quarter. Quinton coach Jeremy Reeder said the Savages started “eliminating mistakes,” while Wilburton coach Frank Marsaln said the Diggers started making them.
“We had the ball five times inside the 20, and we self-destructed four times and they made one good play on us,” Marsaln said.
“When you’re trying to rebuild and get going, some things just take a little longer than others.”
Quinton’s Peyton Knell opened the second half with an approximately 65-yard touchdown pass to Quintin Needham that made it 14-6 Quinton The Savages then recovered a fumble, and two plays later Preston Lemons rushed 20 yards for a touchdown.
Kirby Needham completed a throw to Knell on the 2-point conversion to make it 22-6, then Kirby rushed 5 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.
Jake Lemons had two interceptions for the Savages. The Diggers’ only touchdown came on a fumble Cody Arnold recovered in the end zone.
“The defense actually pitched a shutout,” Reeder said. “We gave them a score on offense. I was very proud of my defense playing a spread offense like that.”
Pocola 73, Haileyville 29
Pocola scored 67 points in the first half, quickly putting away the game. But rather than collapse, Haileyville responded by scoring more points than it did all of last season.
The Warriors still lost, but for this very young team, it’s another step in the right direction.
“We kicked the first field goal that I can remember Haileyville kicking,” Haileyville coach Dennis Ford said, referring to Brian Gibson’s 21-yarder.
Carlos Manus rushed for two touchdowns for Haileyville, while Rico Richardson rushed for one. Jordan Smith recorded 125 receiving yards, including a 44-yard touchdown pass from Seth Davidson.
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